2014 Scottish Rally Championship

2014 Scottish Rally Championship
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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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

2014 calendarEdit

For season 2014 there were eight events held on a variety of surfaces.[4]

Round Dates Event Rally HQ Surface Website
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[5]
Placing Driver / Co-Driver Car Time /
Diff leader
1 Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman Rally
(22 Feb)
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
(22 Mar)
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
(26 Apr)
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
(1 Jun)
1 Rally cancelled[2]
2
3
4 RSAC Scottish Rally
(28 Jun)
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
5 Speyside Stages
(2 Aug)
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
6 Merrick Stages
(Sept 6)
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
(4 Oct)
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
(26 Oct)
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
Notes
  1. ^ a b Crew was not registered to score points towards the Scottish Rally Championship.

Drivers' championship standings (Top 10)Edit

Pos Driver Car TSR
BCR
GCR
JCR
SCO
GSS
MFS
CMFS
GHR
 Points[6]
1 Euan Thorburn Ford Focus WRC 1 2 1  – 2 2* 1 1 DNP 176
2 David Bogie Ford Focus WRC/Ford Fiesta R5+ 4 1 Ret  – 1 1 3 Ret 2 171
3 Jock Armstrong Subaru Impreza Ret 3 2  – 3 3 4* 3 1 166
4 Mike Faulkner Mitsubishi EVO IX 3 Ret 3  – 4 4 2 2 5* 162
5 Barry Groundwater Mitsubishi EVO IX 5 6 7  – 5 6 DNP 4 DNP 147
6 Dougal Brown Mitsubishi EVO IX 6 10* 15*  – 7 8 5 5 3 146
7 Dale Robertson Mitsubishi EVO IX 16* 14 12  – DNP 11 6 7 5 125
8 Mark McCulloch Subaru Impreza 9 9 6  – Ret 10 Ret 14 8 124
9 Fraser Wilson Mitsubishi EVO IX 11 11 10  – 28* 17 5 Ret 4 118
10 Bruce McCombie Mitsubishi EVO 7 8 8  – Ret 5 Ret 9 DNP 113
Pos Driver Car TSR
BCR
GCR
JCR
SCO
GSS
MFS
CMFS
GHR
 Points 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Non-podium finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
* Nominated dropped points

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ SRC Homepage
  2. ^ a b "Three dead after Scottish car rally collisions". BBC News. BBC. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ "SRC events list". SRC. Scottish Rally Championship. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Thrilling" 2014 season in prospect". SRC. Scottish Rally Championship. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Flying Finish, SRC rally results". Flying Finish. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Current Standings, SRC". SRC. Retrieved 22 March 2014.

External linksEdit