The Scottish rally was a mixture of positivity, excitement and bitter disappointment all loaded Into one day for Andy Struthers and Alasdair McIlroy competing in their fourth event together. This event took a different format from previous events because it was also part of the BRC, and involved a number of world class rally drivers from home and abroad.
The goal for the day was to continue to up their pace and close the gap on their Class competitors. From the very first stage Andy and Ali were on the pace and straight away were in contention to lead their Class.
The stages were proving to be tough but they found themselves leading the Ecosse Challenger Class as they went in to the final stage of the day.
Unfortunately, on a very tight right bend uphill the car’s front tyre just caught a deep ditch full of small trees which dragged them into it meaning the race was over for them.
Positives throughout the day must be remembered for the next event - the Grampian rally in Aberdeen on 13th August.
Commenting on their day’s event Ali said “Gutted that Andy didn't get the win he deserved with that unlucky off on last stage when leading but massive improvement to his commitment, pace and skill level. Massive positives to move forward with but rally isn't over until you reach that last time control at finish.”
Andy said “when I slid of I was disappointed at not finishing the event. On a positive note we had made a few minor changes to the car set up for this event and it was clear that they were working.”
As always Andy and Ali thank the organisers, marshals and the rescue team – without them they would still be stuck in the ditch!