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BBR on stage right 9After battling through the intense heat of the 2014 GWF Energy Merrick Forest Stages Rally, round six of the Scottish Rally Championships (SRC) and the penultimate round of the Ecosse 205 Challenge Blair Brown and co-driver Richard Simmonds finish runners up. The 19 year old driver from Kinross who is currently a student at Edinburgh college drove his QTS Group backed Peugeot 205 on the limit to secure his second place victory in both SRC Class 3 and Ecosse 205 Challenge. The Merrick stages rally starts in the coastal town of Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway and plays host to some of the greatest and most historic stages in Scotland where the six Special Stages of the day run through the forest’s and hills of the Galloway forest park and Glentrool. Read More »

Borderer Euan Thorburn boosted his hopes of winning the 2014 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship with a second successive victory on Saturday’s GWF Energy Merrick Stages.1stAndC12_EuanThorburn Read More »

Following back-to-back victories in his new car, David Bogie says confidence is high going into next Saturday’s GWF Energy Merrick Stages Rally.

At the same time, the Dumfries driver is fully aware that on the classic fast stages of the Galloway Forest, the Ford Fiesta R5+ could lose out to the more powerful Ford Focus WRC of main rival Euan Thorburn.

The Borderer – who won last year’s Merrick alongside co-driver Paul Beaton – currently leads the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship after five events. Read More »

Organisers of the GWF Energy Merrick Stages Rally are looking forward to returning to Wigtown in September for the fifth consecutive year.

The event, which counts as the penultimate round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, has been given new impetus thanks to the support of Dumfries and Galloway Council, as part of its major events strategy.

Jointly promoted by Machars Car Club and Scottish Sporting Car Club, the “Merrick” will again draw the country’s leading rally crews to the renowned Glentrool and Galloway forest stages. Read More »

r2r_merrickres01The Rally2Raise team of Aberdeen’s Rachel Clark and Brampton’s Caroline Lodge enjoyed another successful event last weekend when they finished second in class on the GWF Energy Merrick Stages rally.

Heavy rain the day before the rally made the 9 miles of the opening Craignell stage extremely slippery with several of the top drivers having spins. Read More »

Jardine-and-Williams-take-first-in-class---Merrick-Stages-RallyThis weekend has seen Sky Sports News’ F1 analyst Tony Jardine and his brand new co-driver, Olympic Skeleton champion Amy Williams MBE, complete their first ever rally as a duo. Amy having started this weekend as a complete co-driving novice has showed that she has the talent to take herself and Tony Jardine all the way to Wales Rally GB in November (14-17), by finishing first in class. Read More »

Duns driver Euan Thorburn won today’s GWF Energy Merrick Stages Rally in Galloway to keep his hopes alive in the ARR Craib Scottish championship and deprive arch rival David Bogie of clinching an historic fifth straight title with two rounds remaining.

Thorburn, co-driven by Paul Beaton from Inverness, completed the five forest stages in his Ford Focus WRC in a total time of 42 minutes 22 seconds. Bogie, also in a Focus, had a spin on the first stage and a puncture on the last, ending the day forty-four seconds behind the Borderer. Quintin Milne from Banchory took the final podium spot in his Mitsubishi EVO 9 – his third of the season – and remains second in the drivers’ points behind Bogie. Read More »

Amy-Williams-with-mentor-Daniel-BarrittSky Sports News’ F1 analyst Tony Jardine and 2010 Winter Olympic Games Skeleton Gold Medallist, Amy Williams MBE, have this morning announced the launch of their rally campaign which aims to transform an Olympic champion into a fully fledged rally navigator. Read More »

r2r_merrickprevThe all-female Rally2Raise team will head to Wigtown next weekend to contest the GWF Energy Merrick Stages rally for a second time.

Driver Rachel Clark, from Aberdeen, competed on the event last year and successfully finished after over 40 miles of tough forest stages. Read More »

Last year’s winner David Bogie is going into next weekend’s GWF Energy Merrick Stages Rally with the aim of clinching an unprecedented fifth successive Scottish title.

The 26-year-old from Dumfries, co-driven by Hawick’s Kevin Rae, will be targeting a fourth victory in this year’s ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, after winning the Speyside Stages at the beginning of August.

The pair made sure of their fourth championship on the Merrick in 2012, and Bogie says they will be attempting to repeat the feat on Saturday: Read More »