Saturday 10th September saw 18 year old Andy Struthers from Libberton, and co-driver Ali McIlroy from Jedburgh competing in the final round of the ARRCraib Scottish Rally Championship, which was also the final round of the C2motorsportparts.com Ecosse C2 challenge. They finished first in the SRC class and 3rd in the C2 challenge.
“I really enjoyed the Galloway Hills rally. The stages were great and the organisers and marshals ran a very smooth and compact event,” commented Andy.
Reflecting on the 2016 season Andy said “this year has been a mix of ups and downs for us, the most memorable down being the end over end roll we did at the Borders County Rally. This caused extensive damage to the car, but amazingly Barrie Lochhead managed to rebuilt it in time for us to be back out competing four weeks later!
The end of the season also sees the end of my two year “RSAC New Talent Scholarship.” As well as giving me financial help throughout the two years, I have appreciated the support and encouragement from all those involved in the scholarship.”
Andy started competing at the age of 14 when he drove his one litre Micra in the Ecosse J1000 Junior Rally championship. Andy explained “The C2 challenge is quite a new championship, it was designed as a step up from the junior challenge, with a more powerful car but one that could be built for a smaller budget than some of today’s rally cars. I real enjoy my C2 and hope that others will join the championship. At each event Stephen Smellie and Richard Welsh, C2 co ordinators are there offering support to all competitors in the challenge. This is their final year and I would like to thank them for the help they have given me over the last two years.”
The season has now finished, the 2017 championship begins in February with the “Snowman” Rally at Inverness. Andy has started his first year at Strathclyde university but is still planning to compete next year.
Andy would like to thank all members of “Team Struthers” for the work they have done preparing for rallies, servicing on the day, and repairing any damage after the event!