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Round 7 (out of 8) of the 2018 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge must go down as one of the most memorable and competitive events we have seen in the 7 year life of the Championship. The arena was Kames Motorsport Complex at Muirkirk, East Fife and the occasion was the 16 special stage Albar Kames Junior Rally with Support from ISS (Aberdeen) Ltd . On a day when the sun shone out of a blue September sky and no real incidents on the track, we witnessed an epic battle between some of the best young rally drivers in Scotland.

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Cracking day for Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge crews at the Memorial Garden Stages Junior Rally near Arbroath on 15th September 2018. This would be the first event that Condor Motorsport Club would run under their own banner at the Condor base. The aerodrome part of the MOD base is a perfect location for a single venue rally but parts of it have been known to cut up badly and this affected the total number of entries. But reports from competitors were very positive on the day and the organisers had listened to previous feedback and dropped some parts and added other better roads. The organisers must be praised for putting on such an enjoyable event.

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The Solway Car Club delivered another cracking rally for Junior drivers from all 3 UK Junior 1000 Rally Championships on Sunday 5th August. The usedcarparts Solway Coast Junior Rally – and this was the seventh running of the Junior only event – has become a bit of a tradition using the military roads within the Dundrennan base near Kirkcudbright. There was no real drama in the Junior event, the weather was nice and consistent and the competition was fierce as usual. Read More »

Just 2 weeks after taking victory on Round 3 of the 2018 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge, Johnnie Mackay/Gordon Reid (Suzuki Alto) repeated the success on Round 4 – The Summer Junior Stages Rally at Crail Raceway on 9th June. But they had to fight harder for the result. Going into the final stage – stage 5 – they were tied with Lewis Haining/George Myatt (Skoda Citigo) after the lead had swung back and fore over the first 3 stages – Haining by 3 seconds after stage 1; Haining by 2 secs after stage 2 and Mackay by 1 after stage 3!! But it was Mackay who took the advantage in the final stage and came out 2 seconds ahead. Another epic battle with both drivers giving it their all and crossing the finish line with their cars intact. Read More »

In glorious sunshine, Johnnie Mackay and Gordon Reid (Suzuki Alto) took victory on round 3 of the 2018 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge – the Granite City Stages at Leuchars on Saturday 26th June. Such is the nature of the 2018 Championship that 3 different teams filled the podium compared to the previous round at Kames on 22nd April.

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The second round of the 2018 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge took place at Kames Motorsport Centre, Muirkirk on 22nd April 2018. 14 crews entered – including 2 rally first timers and 1 crew from the F1000 J1000 Championship. The day turned out to be one of Joy, Despair, and Drama with the weather adding to the situation. Joy for the 6 crews who came through the day relatively unscathed and Despair for the other 8 who experienced all sorts of problems. Drama came on the second last stage when hard charging Ollie Hunter/ Tom Hynd (Peugeot 107) ended up on their side. Read More »

A sun drenched Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston was the scene for Round 1 of the 2018 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge on Sunday 25th March. The DCC Junior Stages, supported by WESTON TRANSPORT, was run by Dunfermline Car Club who put on an event that was a real credit to the organisers and their associates and the 12 Junior 1000 crews who crossed the startline loved it. Joining 9 Scottish crews were 2 young drivers from Northern Iraland and 1 from Lancaster, England. Read More »

The final round of the 2017 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge took place in the Riverside Museum Glasgow on 3rd February. It was the annual awards ceremony and what better way to enjoy it than in a venue where Scottish transport through the ages is on open display. They have everything from penny farthings through Sinclair C5 to great big steam railway engines!!! A well turned out crowd of over 50 turned up to witness the occasion. Maybe it was our “secret weapon” to present the awards – none other than that “tartanacious motorologist specialising in Scottish motor rallying “, one Mr Jaggy Bunnet. Or to give him his Sunday name – John Fife. We had one gatecrasher – a very friendly Clyde built swan who tried to come in the window. Read More »

The Fifth anniversary of the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge attending the Glyn Memorial Junior Rally on Anglesey on 25/26th November was celebrated in style when top podium position overall was taken by a Scottish crew after 2 days of tough rallying. A total of 9 crews headed South on Friday 24th to “acclimatise” for the 2 day event which included 4 stages out of 8 in the dark on day 1 followed by a further 8 on day 2. Some had to fight their way through some of the first snow to hit Southern Scotland and everybody got a good “drooking” on the M6. But it was a happy eager bunch who gathered around the Saltire fluttering on the Championship motor home on Saturday morning. On Saturday the “senior” rallyists took to the stages first, starting at 11.30am and the Juniors followed on at 12.45. Read More »

The Albar Kames Junior Rally at Kames Motorsport Complex on 24th September 2017 was the setting for the penultimate round of the 2017 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge. 11 Juniors started – including 2 first timers – and 11 cars finished. Okay there was the odd scrape and spin but the conditions were very variable. However, there were no great dramas in the Junior ranks. Read More »