2017 RSAC Motorsport New Talent Scholar, Elvin Smith, headed to Jedburgh for the first round of the 2017 Ecosse Challenge. The Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally would be Elvin’s first outing on gravel having graduated from the tarmac format of the Junior 1000 championship.
Elvin admitted that the rally had gone by in a blur, “The whole two days I never had a moment where I could relax or catch my breath.” Having rushed from Fife, scrutineering and signing on were achieved with only a minute to spare. The day of the rally itself was pretty much spent in the car the whole time with cancellations and delays putting time pressures on the crews. “…by the end of the day I was drained of fuel for my body and all energy was gone but I felt amazing knowing that I had completed my first gravel rally”.
Despite starting at the back of the field, Elvin was delighted to finish his first gravel event 63rd out of 120 starters. The Citroen C2 fared well, but lost its rear spoiler and window going over the yumps in the final stage flat out. “All in all it was a great adventure back into rallying after my time away between being in the Junior 1000s and now in the Ecosse C2 Challenge but I'm glad to be back!”
Elvin thanked Graeme Mack for building the car and helping with servicing on the day. He was also grateful to his service crew Jamie Morgan and Christopher Hampson who got themselves dirty so he didn’t have to. Elvin also thanked his co-driver, Jamie Mactavish for having the courage to stay in the car throughout the event.