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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 »

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On Saturday afternoon 5th August, Junior 1000 drivers and teams from all over the UK started arriving at Dundrennan MOD Base, Kirkcudbright in glorious sunshine for the 2017 usedcarparts Solway Coast Junior Rally. Everybody parked up in an area just outside the venue to allow the “senior” Saturday event to finish. Read More »

At the finish of the Kingdom Junior Stages Rally at Crail on 17th June, we experienced a first – a draw on total times. Ewan Tindall/Paul Hudson (Citroen C1) and Jude MacDonald /Michael Cruickshank (Skoda Citigo) were both on 56.06. But the tie break rule – fastest on first stage – put Tindall in first position.

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“Variety is the spice of life” they say and with the third different winner in 4 events, the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge is living up to it.

Round 4 of the 2017 Championship was the Granite Junior Stages at Leuchars on 27th May 2017 and this time it was the turn of Johnnie Mackay/Gordon Reid in their Suzuki Alto to stand on the top of the podium. Read More »

Round 3 of the 2017 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge was the EACC 5 Star Junior Stages at Kames Motorsport Complex, Muirkirk on 7th May 2017 – a very different challenge compared to rounds 1 and 2  for the young drivers with short, narrow and very technical stages. The sun belted down all day (leaving a few lobsters to suffer the next day), the competition was close , there were some mechanical dramas but no serious incidents. 9 Juniors started and 9 recorded finishes but 4 collected stage maximums for mechanical issues and a “wee off”. Read More »

Another terrific event for the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge  at the Memorial Garden Stages, Arbroath run by Glenrothes Motorsport Club on Sat 15/4. The day was topped off  with Jude MacDonald taking his maiden rally victory in his Skoda Citigo. We have seen some close competition in the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge since it started in 2012 but this event must come close to being top of the list.

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The Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston was the setting for the first event of the 2017 Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge – the first outing since Anglesey in November 2016 .  Eleven young drivers – all aged 15 to 16 – gathered with their 1000cc rally cars to see who would be in contention to be 2017 Champion. Dunfermline Car Club  were the organisers of the 8 stage, 25 mile Blackwood Plant Hire sponsored  DCC Junior Stages. This would be the first time back at Ingliston for the Juniors  since 2013 and the Junior only Sunday event – which took the same effort  to run  as the 80 car Senior event on the day before – was a really welcome and appreciated addition to the Championship calendar.

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16 year old Finlay Retson, current Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge rally champion, took the eRally Renault Zoe rally car out for its first taste of competition at Knockhill on Sunday 26th March. The event was the Andy Wilson Memorial Autotest organised by Glenrothes Motorsport Club. This was history in the making as it was the first time a modern roadgoing electric car had been used in competition. Read More »

j1000-renaultzoeWhilst being interviewed on Knockhill Radio at the Grant Stages Rally on 12th February, Ellya Gold from the eRally project announced that, as part of their promotion activities in 2017, their rally prepared Renault Zoe all electric car will be driven on 3 autotests in Scotland by Finlay Retson during the year. The first will be the Andy Wilson Memorial at Knockhill on 26th March 2017. Read More »

As we say goodbye to the fifth season of the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge, we also say goodbye to our longstanding title sponsor Brick & Steel Construction Co Limited. Brick & Steel joined the “Ecosse Challenge Family” in 2006 at a time when the 205 Ecosse Challenge was growing rapidly and we found ourselves working with some of the current top names in Scottish rallying as they started their careers.  Names such as Paul Mackinnon, Euan Thorburn, Mark McCulloch, John MacCrone and Garry Pearson all started their careers in the 205 Ecosse Challenge plus dozens more who may not have reached the dizzy heights of these guys but who have gone on to be very competent competitors. In 2012, the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge was introduced to Scotland and Brick & steel became the title sponsor of this extremely popular Championship which continues the work of the 205 Ecosse Challenge but with a younger age group – 14 to 17 year olds. Read More »