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The Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge descends on Kames in Ayrshire for the 2nd time this year for the Grab Life By The Hall’s Stages on Sunday the 21st of August, Round 5 of the 2022 series.

Topping the seeding, Sam Pattison has been the most winning driver of 2022, taking the top spot on every rally he’s entered. He returns to the venue where he took the win earlier in the year with regular navigator Paul Whittaker in the hotseat once again.

Kalum Graffin has also been consistent, the Ingliston winner finishing 2nd to Pattison on the last 2 rounds despite still dealing with the effects of a hand injury. Co-driver Richard Crozier is likely to be the most tired man in Ayrshire at the event, catching an overnight ferry from the Ulster Rally on the Saturday. Expected arrival time? 4:30am…..

Championship leaders Rian Walker & Stuart McBride line up 3rd. The Citigo pilot has got quicker and more competitive with every round this year. They line up in front of 2nd placed Oliver Phillips & Emma Morrison. The VW Up crew started the season strongly but has struggled to maintain the momentum with a driveshaft issue on the previous round costing a good result.

Jack Ryan & Robin Nicolson have scored a couple of podiums this year, adopting a strategy of a steady start and a late charge. They led the championship after the McRae Challenge but missed the next round at Machrihanish. The Up crew were on the podium at Kames earlier this year and will be one to watch.

Thomas Milne & Neil Jeffrey head up the Micra challenge. They’ve already garnered a reputation for getting the absolute maximum out of their lower powered car this season.

They line up just ahead of the 107 of Evan Findlay & Paul Tonner. Evan really stepping up his driving over the last couple of rounds, pushing his less modified car as hard as it will go.

Ruan Lowry & Ian McRae move into a new car for this round. having contested the 1st part of the season in a Micra they step into the Toyota Yaris last campaigned by Fergus Chalmers on the McRae. The car should be a step up in performance over the Micra and it will be interesting to see how they adapt.

Fraser Mack & Edward Runciman have been building pace all year in their 107.

They line up ahead of Lucy Cree & Chloe Fleming. The Citigo driver also getting quicker and more confident with each passing round.

Alfie Letham made his J1000 debut at Kames earlier this year. Now he makes his 2nd start in the ex-Johnnie Mackay Micra with Craig Wallace in the hotseat once again. Alfie impressed on his 1st run out, hopefully he’ll do the same again.

Rounding out the entries Ollie Forrester is making his 1st start with very experienced J1000 navigator George Myatt alongside. George will be lending his knowledge and experience of Kames to his young pilot as he gets up to speed.

Keep an eye out on the Junior Rally Scotland Facebook page for live coverage throughout the day.

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