2014 Scottish Rally Championship
|2014 Scottish Rally Championship|
The Scottish Rally Championship was a rallying series run throughout Scotland over the course of a year, that comprised seven gravel rallies and one tarmac event. Points were awarded to the top placed drivers and the driver scoring the highest number of points over the season was declared Champion of the series. For the second season in a row the championship was sponsored by ARR Craib Transport Ltd, an Aberdeen based road haulage and logistics company. This was a one-year deal announced in December 2013.
The 2014 season began in the snow-covered forest tracks around Inverness on 22 February, with the season finale taking place around Castle Douglas on 26 October. David Bogie began the year as defending champion after winning four out of the eight events in 2013.
Following the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally in October, Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton were declared 2014 Scottish rally champions. In doing so, Thorburn ended the record streak of five consecutive titles for Bogie. Thorburn won the title by five points ahead of Bogie, having won four rallies and finished as runner-up in two others, to Bogie. He was also third in the Border Counties Rally but scored second place points – as Steve Petch was not registered to score SRC points – for the event. Jock Armstrong finished the season in third place, five points in arrears of Bogie, having won the final event of the season, the Galloway Hills Rally.
Jim Clark Reivers RallyEdit
The fourth round of the season, the Jim Clark Reivers Rally was cancelled due to an accident during the preceding day's competition, the Jim Clark Rally, a round of the British Rally Championship. The incident involved a competing car, which left the road, resulting in the death of three spectators.
On 15 July 2014, the series organisers announced that the Galloway Hills Rally – a reserve event when the championship calendar was first announced – would be included as the championship finale.
For season 2014 there were eight events held on a variety of surfaces.
|1||22 Feb||Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman Rally||Inverness||Gravel / Snow||(website)|
|2||22 Mar||Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally||Jedburgh||Gravel||(website)|
|3||26 Apr||Granite City Rally||Aberdeen||Gravel||(website)|
|–||1 Jun||Jim Clark Reivers Rally||Kelso||Asphalt||(website)|
|4||28 Jun||RSAC Scottish Rally||Dumfries||Gravel||(website)|
|5||2 Aug||Speyside Stages||Elgin||Gravel||(website)|
|6||6 Sept||Merrick Stages||Wigtown||Gravel||(website)|
|7||4 Oct||Colin McRae Forest Stages||Aberfeldy||Gravel||(website)|
|8||26 Oct||Galloway Hills Rally||Castle Douglas||Gravel||(website)|
2014 events podiumEdit
|Round||Rally name||Podium finishers|
|Placing||Driver / Co-Driver||Car||Time /|
|1||Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman Rally
|1||Euan Thorburn / Paul Beaton||Ford Focus WRC||44:29|
|2||Quintin Milne / Martin Forrest||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution||+0:34|
|3||Mike Faulkner / Peter Foy||Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 9||+0:37|
|2||Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally
|1||David Bogie / Kevin Rae||Ford Focus WRC||43:23|
|2||Stephen Petch / Michael Wilkinson[N 1]||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX||+0:47|
|3||Euan Thorburn / Paul Beaton||Ford Focus WRC||+0:51|
|3||Granite City Rally
|1||Euan Thorburn / Paul Beaton||Ford Focus WRC||44:02|
|2||Jock Armstrong / Paula Swinscoe||Subaru Impreza||+0:37|
|3||Mike Faulkner / Peter Foy||Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 9||+1:42|
|–||Jim Clark Reivers Rally
|4||RSAC Scottish Rally
|1||David Bogie / Kevin Rae||Ford Fiesta R5||41:33.8|
|2||Euan Thorburn / Paul Beaton||Ford Focus WRC||+0:03.5|
|3||Jock Armstrong / Paula Swinscoe||Subaru Impreza||+2:12.6|
|1||David Bogie / Kevin Rae||Ford Fiesta R5||41:21|
|2||Euan Thorburn / Paul Beaton||Ford Focus WRC||+0:13|
|3||Jock Armstrong / Paula Swinscoe||Subaru Impreza||+1:45|
|1||Euan Thorburn / Paul Beaton||Ford Focus WRC||40:38|
|2||Mike Faulkner / Peter Foy||Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 9||+0:35|
|3||David Bogie / Kevin Rae||Ford Fiesta R5||+0:37|
|7||Colin McRae Forest Stages
|1||Euan Thorburn / Paul Beaton||Ford Focus WRC||43:51|
|2||Mike Faulkner / Peter Foy||Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 9||+2:01|
|3||Jock Armstrong / Paula Swinscoe||Subaru Impreza||+2:36|
|8||Galloway Hills Rally
|1||Jock Armstrong / Paula Swinscoe||Subaru Impreza||46:43|
|2||David Bogie / Kevin Rae||Ford Fiesta R5||+0:38|
|3||Desi Henry / Damien Duffy[N 1]||Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 9||+1:37|
- Crew was not registered to score points towards the Scottish Rally Championship.
Drivers' championship standings (Top 10)Edit
Points were awarded to the highest placed registered drivers on each event as follows: 30, 28, 27, 26, and so on down to 1 point. At the end of the Championship, competitors nominated their best 6 scores out of the 8 events as their final overall Championship score.
- SRC Homepage
- "Three dead after Scottish car rally collisions". BBC News. BBC. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- "SRC events list". SRC. Scottish Rally Championship. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "Thrilling" 2014 season in prospect". SRC. Scottish Rally Championship. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- "Flying Finish, SRC rally results". Flying Finish. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
- "Current Standings, SRC". SRC. Retrieved 22 March 2014.