Argyll crews roar to rally success

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Words and photographs by Gavin Brown, West Coast Photos

The final round of the Marshall Construction Scottish Tarmac Rally Championships saw two Argyll crews head north to the Milltown stages in Elgin.

This venue was being used for the first time in many years and was the culmination of a lot of hard work by the organising team.

A number of drivers and co-drivers were vying for the top spot in the important final championship standings.

In his Fiesta R5, Alister Inglis, from Stonehaven, had been dominant in the earlier parts of the season and was probably favourite to grab the overall championship.

Argyll, however, sent two crews into this final round with a realistic chance of causing an upset.

Lochgilphead’s Jamie Miller, originally from Tayinloan – although now ‘up the road’ – is very much involved in everything that happens in Argyll rallying.

He and co-driver Ian McCulloch headed to Milltown with the best chance yet of clinching a championship in their Citroen C2 R2 Max.

Things didn’t get off to a great start for Jamie with the car losing its brakes meanin they limped through a very slippy stage one and then, in his own words, ‘drove like a pensioner’ for much of the rest of the day.

What had been a brilliant season for the team was mildly soured by mechanical issues but Jamie takes some solace from finishing third overall for the 2021 championship.

It should be noted that Jamie’s long-suffering co-driver Ian sealed second spot in the overall co-driver’s championship on the day too.

Father and daughter combo Innes and Kirty Mochrie also took to the roads, travelling six hours to get to Elgin on the Friday.

Once again, the ‘Mighty Metro’ had defied the odds and embarrassed a lot of the much more expensive and powerful machinery and they, too, were sitting on the start line of stage one of the final round knowing they could, with the right combination of results, walk away as overall champions.

A rare mistake on stage one saw the car bounce off a tyre or two but get away with it by missing the important components and only dislodging the light bar.

A steady run from there on saw the crew finish third in class on the day which was enough for Innes to capture second overall driver in the championship, while Kirsty capped a fantastic first full season with the overall co-driver’s title.

Alister Inglis held on to the overall title spot, despite a hairy moment when the Fiesta lost a wheel in the final stage of the day. That aside, it was a strong year for the driver.

Argyll rally fans are looking forward to a full 2022 season, Covid permitting, in conjunction with Dunfermline Car Club and the new main title sponsors Burnside Piling.

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Jamie Miller and Ian McCulloch in their Citroen C2R2 MAX. NO_c01tarmacrally01

The trusty Metro belonging to Innes and Kirsty Mochrie. NO_c01tarmacrally02

Overall championship winners Alister Inglis and Colin Inglis in their Fiesta, with a full complement of wheels. NO_c01tarmacrally03