Dumfries: Event preview

"Galloway - All the Way!" The Scottish Rally, 8th & 9th June, 2002 The third round of the TOTAL supported 206 Super Cup heads to Dumfries for the classic stages hosted by the Scottish Rally, on the 8th and 9th June. The event is split into...

"Galloway - All the Way!"

The Scottish Rally, 8th & 9th June, 2002

The third round of the TOTAL supported 206 Super Cup heads to Dumfries for the classic stages hosted by the Scottish Rally, on the 8th and 9th June. The event is split into two legs, one further west with the service area based in the village of Newton Stewart, with the second day based back by the main town of Dumfries. The stages are fast - very fast. And the 206 Cup competitors will be taking every chance and risk along the way to gain advantage. The last event, the Rally of Wales, saw 6.7 seconds split the top two after 108 miles of thrilling stages. Close competition is the order of the day right through the field.

Young Ballinamallard based Garry Jennings, only 24, only just missed out on the championship last year in his first full competitive season, and has taken the lead in this year's points by virtue of his win on the double header first round, and runner up last time out. He doesn't want to be second again.

Geordie Chris Moore, by virtue of his win in Wales is lying second place in the 206 Super Cup, also taking runner up spot on the Sunday leg of the Pirelli Rally. He had led briefly on the first day, but a Keilder ditch stay was the punishment for sliding wide on a fast corner. But he made no mistakes in Wales, and carried the battle to Jennings early on in Day 2. He let Jennings play catch up, which Jennings just failed to do. He too, wants to take that top spot again, now he has tasted the champagne.

Next off the start line will be the third placed man in the championship, Boat of Garten man Mike Faulkner. He will carry the in-car cameras on this event to record his rapid progress on home soil. He was lying second on this event last year to the eventual champion, before a high speed roll stopped his charge. Fellow Scots, Huntly based Jack Ingleby with sister Grania alongside, is currently sixth in the championship, while Quintin Milne from Banchory has yet to make his mark on the points table, as he has only made a mark on his car thus far. A heavy roll on the first Leg of the Pirelli spelled retirement and another problem on Leg 2 cancelled his efforts out, but he was lying in the top 5 at the time, so is certainly one to watch, although further down the field. Alan Doncaster is the most recent Scot to join the fray, now on his second event in the Cup, hoping to go further than the 5 miles of Wales.

Shaun Gallagher, lying 4th in the Championship, leads the "foreign" contingent, as the Irishman from Donegal attempts to get back on the pace after a disappointing event in Wales for him. Marko Ramanen from Finland took a fastest time in Wales, to finish 3rd, which puts him 5th in the championship, while Andrus Laur from Estonia is consistently getting to grips with the car to gain speed and places. Canadian Patrick Richard missed the last round, due to Subaru commitments in Canada, but winning his event there outright will inspire him to master the right hand drive pocket rocket and do the same over here. Greek, George Philippedes rounds off the truly international flavour of the field.

Gareth MacHale also from Ireland, is following in father Austin's footsteps, Austin contesting the main international field in a World Rally Car. Richard Sykes put his car on the edge of a cliff face in Wales, literally a cliff hanger, but again is one to watch. Paul Alexander put a rusty Gateshead performance to the back of his mind and was lying second in Wales before landing on his roof after clipping a log.

And the series attracts newcomers too. Matt Jessup is on his third ever event, Barrhead man Alan Doncaster has only contested a handful, as has Mike Bird another Irishman, while Jazz Nandhra takes a new co-driver on his first time out on the Cup this year.

Come and view the scrutineering of the 206 Super Cup from 18:00 to 20:30 in the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

The action starts on Saturday with the first car being flagged away at 08:00 from the High Street in Dumfries, reaching the first stage Loch Grannoch with the 3,2,1, at 09:31. Six stages on Saturday, with 20 minutes service between each pair of stages. A longer service of 45 minutes at Park Farm in Dumfries at the end of the day, at 15:40, will see the competitors refettling their cars in time for the next day's competition. Sunday sees a further 6 stages, this time starting at 06:00 from the town centre, with the first stage, Ae, starting just after 7 am.

The finish at the High Street podium will see the champagne spray for the worthy winner at 14:33. So, we will wait with bated breath for who that is. The classic forests here make this event a favourite with the competitors. Enjoy the spectacle!

Timetable:-

6th June 07.00
17:00 Recce (Forest Stages) Glen Trool

7th June 07.00
12.00 Recce (Forest stages, remainder)
15.00 - 20:30 Scrutineering Dumfries Ice Bowl

8th June 08:00 Rally Start Stage Miles
10:46 Service - Newton Stewart
13:39 Service - Newton Stewart
16:38 Service - Dumfries, Park Farm
17:43 Parc Ferme 62.85

9th June 06.00 Re-start Stage Miles
08:28 Service - Dumfries, Park Farm
11:34 Service - Dumfries, Park Farm
14:13 Service - Dumfries, Park Farm 61.11 14:33 Finish & Prize giving on the ramp

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