Gina Walker Rallying with Jack & Victor Motorsport

Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally 18th of March 2017

This was the first round of the Ecosse Citroen C2 Challenge and the first event of the year for the team.

This year we have been very kindly given the use of David Martin's 2016 Challenge winning car.

We had done a small amount of testing in the car, but the decision was to  use this event to learn the car and to get seat time as it was 6 months since our last event.

Scrutineering was on Friday night which went without any major hick-ups, and we were treated to an amazing firework display as the BRC crews headed off for their first 2 stages, before the competitors briefing.

Saturday morning our first stage SS3 Wauchope, from the DVD this looked to be a fast, flowing stage unfortunately for us, as we came round a L6 corner 3 miles from the end and were greeted by a queue of cars stopped on stage by a crew who had managed to park their car on its roof across the stage. Car returned to its wheels and pushed to the side, we drove in convoy to the end of the stage, where we were given a notional time which was 1 minute and 15 seconds down on the leading C2's, an almost impossible task to get back as the cars are so similar.

SS 4 Hyndlee we got a good clean run setting second fastest Challenge time through this stage.

Heading back to first service the engine light came on, we had a little panic to ourselves. Jack and Victor now joined by David Martin jumped into action, but could find nothing wrong. The instruction was given not to push, but to bring the car home in third spot.

SS5 Elibank 1 unfortunately this stage was cancelled due to an incident and we received another notional time, this time the leading Challenge cars received the same time.

SS6 Yair 1 another good run with third fastest Challenge time dropping 9 seconds from the leading car and 2 from the second.

Second service of the day no change with the engine light. Some new tyres on the front and sent out for the final three stages.

SS7 Cardrona a slight mishap with a large bale didn't slow us down too much setting second fastest Challenge car again.

SS8 Elibank 2 we had used the earlier drive through as a recce, making a few adjustments to the notes. Another third fastest time dropping 8 seconds to the leading car and 3 from the second.

SS9 Yair 2 the final stage a repeat of SS6 and another second fastest Challenge time.

We had a good day and delighted to have finished third in the Challenge, though a little disappointed that due to the notional time we were not able to be involved in the battle for the win.

We would like to thank the organisers, safety crews and marshalls who helped make this a great event.

A big thank you to David Martin for lending his car and for servicing along with Jack and Victor. To Louise and Mandy for providing food and support along with Allana and John braving the rain on the stages. And our sponsors Aitken-Walker cars and H & S Joinery.

2017 RSAC Motorsport New Talent Scholar revels in his first gravel outing

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.

andy_01Local drivers Andy Struthers from Libberton, Jordan Black from Lanark and Linzi Henderson from Carnwath all took part in this year’s Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally.  It was a disappointing day for the boys, but a successful day for Linzi.

Andy who is again the recipient of this year’s RSAC New Talent Scholarship hoped to add to his previous points having finished first in his ARRCraib class at the Snowman Rally in Inverness last month.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be the case when in the first stage Andy lost control of his car going  over a crest. The car rolled firstly over its bonnet before rolling on to its side.  Both Andy, and navigator Ali McAlroy managed to climb out the car, but having landed down a banking in amongst trees their rally was over. ...continue reading