Rally racers roar through the night

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Kintyre crews battled for rally honours in the final round of this year’s Blackwood Plant Hire Scottish Tarmac Championship at Crail.

A Mini World Rally Car piloted by Nigel Feeney, ably guided round the venue by Phil Sandham took top honours, while Campbeltown’s Neil McAllister and Stephen Lang took their Peugeot 205 to 30th overall and 4th in class.

A spokesperson joked that McAllister and  Lang were out for a ‘test’ in the newly upgraded Peugeot 205, with new things like wheelspin and wind noise now a real issue.

The pair got to grips with the increased power and used it to good effect.

They were joined on the track by Glenbarr’s Lois Fell, and her Glasgow based son, George, trying to dispel the demon of never finishing at Crail.

The Fells had not completed stage one on this event and everything was going well until the car developed a bit of a misfire at the coast end of the circuit.

Eventually it resulted in no drive and much scratching of heads.

Phone calls were made half way across the country with symptoms relayed to technical staff absent on the day. ‘Flywheel, definitely the flywheel’ came the response.

Closer inspection later in the week revealed a three inch hole in piston number three.

A spokesperson added: ‘It was inspiring to see a good representation form Argyll at the event, with some teams challenging for class honours and others getting out for a final fling in 2017.’

Stage seven was run in the dark and crew comments ranged form ‘brilliant,’ ‘a whole lot of fun’ and ‘exhilarating’ to ‘total carnage’ and ‘I never want to do that again.’

These comments could almost perfectly match the similar sliding scale of competitors who read the regulations and brought auxiliary lighting to those racing in virtually complete darkness.

The top title, overall champion, had already been decided with Gareth White taking the drivers’ championship and Harry Marchbank lifting the Co-drivers’ title.

Campbeltown’s Neil McAllister and Stephen Lang on the night-time stage in their Peugeot 205. NO_c48crail03_photo_by_Gavin_Brown Photo by Gavin Brown.