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MSA appoints Rob Jones as Chief Executive 

MSA appoints Rob Jones as Chief Executive

The Motor Sports Association, governing body of UK motor sport, has today confirmed that General Secretary Rob Jones, who has held the position of Acting Chief Executive since October, will become MSA Chief Executive with immediate effect.

Jones joined the MSA as General Secretary in 2006 after practising as a solicitor in Cardiff and West Wales. He has held a competition licence since 1984, having been a rally co-driver and driver, a karting father and a circuit racer. He is President of the Ethics Commission of the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile.

Jones said:

“This is a huge privilege and a great responsibility. I saw my first road rally when I was 17 and realised then that I wanted to be part of the sport, but could never have imagined that I would one day be appointed as CEO of one of the most respected motor sport governing bodies in the world. It is difficult to explain what this means for someone whose happiest memories are in this sport, whether as a marshal or a competitor.

“There is so much going on currently; so much for UK motor sport to be excited about: the closed roads consultation; the significant growth of interest in grass roots motor sport; and additional initiatives to benefit the clubs and competitors. For me, the essence of this sport is safe and affordable enjoyment and I look forward to playing my part in shaping its future for the benefit of everyone involved.”

MSA Chairman Alan Gow said:

“Rob has been with the MSA for eight years and has proven to be an absolutely first-rate General Secretary. His knowledge of the sport is exemplary and his corporate governance credentials are also beyond reproach. We asked him to take the helm on an acting basis at the end of last year and since then he has clearly demonstrated that he is well equipped to handle the position on a permanent basis. I’ve no doubt that Rob will also prove to be an excellent Chief Executive for the Motor Sports Association.”

MSA publishes provisional Stage Rally Tyre List 

MSA publishes provisional Stage Rally Tyre List

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has published the provisional Tyre List for special stage rallies held on unsealed surfaces from 1 January 2015.

The move is intended to help reduce the environmental impact of stage rallies on forest roads. The list includes options from the major manufacturers of first generation tyres. Remoulded tyres acceptable from 2015 will be added to the list later this year, which will complete the final list.

Mike Broad, chairman of the MSA's Stage Rally Tyre Working Group, said: “I am delighted that the Tyre Panel has been able to issue the list of approved tyres for unsealed surfaces in good time for the 2015 season. This gives competitors the whole of 2014 to use up any tyres they may already have that aren't on the list.

"I would like to thank the representatives of the tyre manufacturers concerned for their co-operation over the last 12 months to enable this list to be produced. If anybody has any queries over the future eligibility of their tyres, they should make direct contact with those manufacturers, who will be happy to help."

Andrew Kellitt, chairman of the Rallies Committee, added: “The regulation and control of tyres for stage rallies on unsealed surfaces is something that the Rallies Committee has been striving towards for some time. This next step is very welcome and will help secure the future of the sport.”

Tyre manufacturers have until 1 September 2014 to include new or modified tyre patterns on the list; if approved by the MSA Tyre Panel, such additions will be announced on the MSA website and included in the 2015 MSA Yearbook.

 

The provisional tyre list is as follows:

DMACK
DMG+
DMG+2
DMG1
DMG2
DMG3
Surface Saver

Dunlop
DZ86 R/RW – DZ74R
DZ87R
SP61/82
SP85

Hankook
R201
R202
R203 NEW
R203
R204

Kumho
R800
R900 

Maxxis
Victra R19 

Michelin
FB
LATCROSS HR/HL
TL40
TL
TZ
TZS

Pirelli
GM
K
KM
XR
Scorpion XR

Yokohama
A035
A035E
A036
A053

 

The relevant new regulations, with effect from 1 January 2015, are as follows:

 (R) Rallying

48.5.14. For all unsealed surface stage rallies only those tyres specified in Tyre List 6 are permitted.

49.10.5. For all unsealed surface stage rallies only those tyres specified in Tyre List 6 are permitted.

(L) Permitted Tyres

3.3. With the exception of tyres specified in List 6, hHand cutting is permitted, but only for the purpose of introducing additional grooves no deeper than those moulded into a new tyre. Hand cutting in order to increase the depth of existing moulded grooves is prohibited.

LIST 6

Tyres for unsealed surface Stage Rallies.

Other than as specified below only the tyres listed here are permitted.

Cars using wheels of 12" diameter or less are exempt but the tyres may not be hand cut in any form.

Cross Country vehicles with a valid CCLB and for which a suitable fitting is not available may use tyres from Lists 5(a) or 5(b).

Cars may use any remoulded tyre provided it is not hand cut in any form.

Where conditions dictate the Clerk of the Course, with the agreement of the Stewards of the Meeting, may declare the event to be of "Winter Conditions" and suspend the requirement to comply with Tyre List 6.

Date of Implementation: 1st January 2015

Reason: From 2015 it is proposed to limit the types of tyres permitted on unsealed surface stage rallies. This is to reduce damage to road surfaces and in the longer term costs. Tyre List 6 which is subject to approval by the Tyre Advisory Panel in September comprises all currently available "gravel" tyres with the exception of those described as "mud". No hand cutting of tyres is permitted but remoulded tyres are permitted and special provisions are proposed for cars with wheels with a diameter of 12" or less where choice and availability are erratic. Similarly Stage Rally compliant Cross Country type vehicles for which there isn't a suitable tyre available in Tyre List 6 may use tyres from Tyre Lists 5(a) or (b).

 

 

To all rally Drivers / Co Drivers!! 

To all rally Drivers / Co Drivers!!

To all rally Drivers / Co Drivers !! I am doing a research paper on rallying which I am doing part of my college course to find out if Psychological Preparation is valued at a clubman/Amateur level.

I have a questionnaire of 5 questions which will only take up 5 minutes of your time all I need is an email address from you the more the better so leave your email address or PM me an email address and I will send you an questionnaire

Thanks as I said the more the better am looking for round about 30 questionnaires to give out minimum.

Reply to stevenhayrallying@hotmail.co.uk

GMSC Members at the Snowman 

GMSC Members at the Snowman

Well Saturday saw a few well known faces at the Rally who were out spectating for the day. 

Making a change from organizing,marshaling and generally servicing on events throughout the year, Ian Park,Robert Ness and Jonathan Stepney took the trip north on the friday night to prepare for the day ahead. 
After a fair nights sleep and a healthy breakfast the threesome took off from the startline at the Thistle Hotel and headed to the 1st special stage , Millbuie, where Ian had found a back door  entrance courtesy of a very friendly farmer who had let them park in his field which lay immediately beside the live stage.
 
Togged up against the elements of a cold biting wind the trio joined a few others , some known as Team Africa and another Glenrothes local of Colin Hay to watch the exciting downhill into a 90 left and 90 right with a very slippy non grippy surface for the competitors to handle. 
 
First to appear was the entertaining Q! in his Evo cleaning the road on behalf of his fellow competitors. Ther were some very mixed approaches to the corners from all the front runners, none less than Craig McMiken who was very lucky to get away with his visit through the ditch, oh for 4 wheel drive ! 
 
However with the stage being slippy and wet it cut quickly and many of the speccys got showered in mud as the proffesionals powered their way through the corners. 
 
The 90 left also saw the demise of one of the intrepid three when DAN took a roll down the banking and through the awaiting ditch , as he explained to the others how not to ditch hook ! However he survived and made it out the stage with the others and continued to navigate his way to stage three at Rogie where the three joined many others at the dam entry and the short walk up to the narrow passage under thr railway bridge. Dan decided he would stay with the transport as he could see more of the stage from his vantage point tho , and save any more acting out rally terms to his Welsh counterpart , Jonathan , who was visiting these stages for his very first time. 
 
This stage proved to be equally as interesting to spectate , as first to appear was Jock , a good five mins in front of all the rest of the pack, but the reason became clear , when news filtered through that he was out with a driveshaft failure and had decided to call it a day with a cut and run. Several others also became unstuck in ,or before this point, but it was sad to see our very own Glenrothes Vice President suffering with a severe misfire amongst other things on his first event in his newly aquired Accent WRC. he did manage to finish tho. 
 
Eventually having watched all the teams pass the three spectators grabbed a quick sandwich and headed to the finish ramp.
 
The finish ramp was attended by many of the followers who had watched the battles all day long and were glad to hear that all had gone well this year despite a few offs. 
 
Everyone had their tales to tell as the top three sprayed the champagne,, even our three !
 
DAN is now resting his torn achillies and being attended to hand ond foot by his ever patient wife. 
 
Super event and see you all again soon.
 
-Ian DAN Park.

Frustrating but promising season opener for BBR rally team.  

Blair Brown and Richard Simmonds on stage at the Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman Rally courtesy of West Coast Photos.
Blair Brown and Richard Simmonds on stage at the Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman Rally courtesy of West Coast Photos.

The opening round of the 2014 ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championships set off in Inverness at the Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman rally last Saturday.  The Snowman rally would also be the first event of the year for Kinross 18 year old Blair Brown, driver of the Peugeot 205 1.6 GTI, backed by QTS Group. Preparations for the rally began early and a test day was complete the week before, allowing Blair and Co-driver Richard Simmonds from Duns, to settle into the car ahead of their season opener.

Blair who is the 2013 and 2014 Royal Scottish Automobile Clubs New Talent Scholar set a strict objective to finish the rally at all costs whilst setting times to the team’s class rivals.  On entering special stage one, Millbuie, Blair and Richard were met by a slippery but fast forest lined with spectators and after a clean run the duo were second fastest in class three in their humble Peugeot 205.

With the team delighted with the first stage it was off to special stage two. After tackling the first two miles with aggression Blair hit a deep pot hole which had formed in front of a concrete river crossing, on opposite lock. The hit resulted in a broken drive shaft. Without hesitating the crew lept into action to change the driveshaft on stage, a task which even in a well equipped garage may take some time. With their simple tool kit and small jack only used for changing wheels, Blair and Richard replaced the driveshaft in just over 15 minutes. The team finished the stage and were back in the rally.

Although all hopes of a top end finish were lost the crew still had the point to prove that they will be the ones to watch this season. So with little to lose Blair and Richard were ready to go for the mid day special stage. With the daunting thought in the back of Blair’s mind whether the replaced shaft would hold together and even the thought of the wheel nuts not being tightened the pair of focussed competitors set off into the packed woods for a third time. With no idea of what sort of time the team had set the crew arrived back at service covered in mud and soaking wet to find they had won the stage in their class by a healthy margin of 13 seconds.

But there was no time to celebrate, the old but trusty Peugeot 205 1.6 GTI developed a misfire on the way to service, which thanks to the expertise of the BBR service team was fixed quickly and the team were ready for the final leg of the rally.

Special Stage four was the longest at 12.10 miles long. After reaching the midpoint of the stage the crew were caught out by a front puncture and with little opportunities arising for safe places to change the destroyed tyre and wheel, the team battered on to the end of stage.

Only one stage was left to be complete, Blair and Richard were back into their tool kit once again to change the tyre when a warning light appeared on the dash board. It had appeared that Polly dropped water and the car was running hot. After getting water into the car again the driver and co-driver moved onto the last stage, hoping to cruise the stage and gather the remaining points left for the day, but it did not seem that a cruise was what was in mind. After exiting the last stage of the day Blair and Richard had again won another stage in their class by two seconds.

 

Blair Brown – QTS Group BBR rally team driver

‘I am extremely happy with our result today even though some people may not be of the same opinion if it was to be theirs. We have won two stages and come second in another. We have been battered with problems and have resolved them. At the end of the day I think I have learnt more today than I did in half of last season. I can’t wait to get to the Border Counties Rally in March to prove we can and will do it’

 

Richard Simmonds – QTS Group BBR rally team co-driver

‘Enjoyable, frustrating, promising, delicious and educational are words that can be used to describe the 2014 Snowman Rally. Enjoyable being part of an enthusiastic rally team. Frustrating, breaking a drive shaft and getting a puncture. Promising, our times were up there with the best in our class. Delicious, the soup and burger in service. Educational, things we learnt just to get to the finish. As I have been told by somebody much wiser than me that is rallying.

At the end of the event Blair and Richard finished fifth in class three and 69th overall despite their very difficult day.

Blair, Richard and the rest of the QTS Group BBR rallying team will be next out at the Brick and Steel Border Counties rally on March the 22nd in Jedburgh. The team will be in their newly built Peugeot 205 1.6 GTI and they will be ready for a fight.

2014 Scottish Navigational Rally Championship Aquarius Rally  

1st Clubman - Jonathan Stepney & Brodie Balfour — at Kinross Services.  Richard Crozier in centre.
1st Overall - Drew Barker & Stuart Waite — with Drew Barker at Kinross Services. Richard Crozier in center.
1st Non-Expert - Richard Stewart & Niall Thomson — with Richard Stewart at Kinross Services.  Richard Crozier in centre.
Glenrothes Motor Sport Club played host to the opening round of the 2014 Scottish Navigational Rally Championship on Saturday 1st Feb, with 100 miles of Perth & Kinross lanes on Map 58 to kick off the season. Unfortunately it would be a quieter start to the year than expected, with a disappointing entry of just 5 crews lining up for scrutineering at Kinross Services. Some consideration was given to calling off the event, but the organisers pressed on regardless, aiming to put on a good show for those that had given the event their support, and to build on momentum and attract a larger entry for 2015.
 
As was the case with Neil Jones on this event last year, the reigning Scottish Champion Expert Driver would take a step down in class for this event – 2nd on this event (and her rally debut) last year, Sally Skinner had exchanged Ewan Leeming for current Edinburgh University Motor Sport Club Captain Stephen Walls, who would be aiming to build on his experience. Gone also was her trusty Nissan Micra, replaced by a Peugeot 106 – resplendent with paw-print stickers (very apt for a student vet!) – receiving its maiden outing, albeit very much a shakedown.
 
The Car 1 slot that Skinner had occupied 12 months prior would this year be taken up by the Vauxhall Corsa of Drew Barker and Stuart Waite – Barker looking “to get his eye in” ahead of the North West Stages in Blackpool the following weekend, and Waite making a return to the hot seat for the first time in 12 years!
 
They would be joined in the lanes by 2013 Hairst winner Harry Merry in his Ford Fiesta, partnered for the first time by local prodigy Craig Horsburgh, the Skoda Fabia of Richard Stewart – an experienced stage campaigner making his debut in the lanes – alongside Niall Thomson, and a last-minute entry from Jonathan Stepney’s Vauxhall Corsa, with Junior 1000 driver Brodie Balfour making his debut on the maps, looking to get a feel for what things are like in the “other seat”!
 
Heavy rain during signing on proved ominous, but mercifully– bar a few slippy miles up the Dunning Glen – the forecasted snow and/or freezing conditions failed to materialise. Even the rain would ease after the opening few miles, giving way a surprisingly dry and pleasant evening.
 
After a short 2-mile run-out down the A977, the competition opened in earnest, with a regularity section around Coldrain and Drum. The recent implementation of 40mph “cyclist and pedestrian friendly roads” in this area stymies more “spirited” motoring, but still provides a good canvas for regularity, with competitors reaching for their speed tables, and with it a useful tie-break dropper.Most accurate over this section were Skinner & Walls – with Walls putting in an excellent performance on his first ever regularity section – dropping just 7 seconds.
 
Free of the only regularity section of the evening, the pace could begin in earnest – beginning with a blast north up the B934 through Dunning Glen. Barker/Waite would drop 2 minutes on the first part, with Waite later admitting to being a bit a rusty during the early going… clearly at this stage just settling in and blowing the cobwebs away! A simple 4-mile section without junctions wouldn’t prove overly taxing on the navigators, but the twisty nature of the road, combined with a +120-metre descent and some snow underfoot, meant that it was anything but an easy task for the drivers, with both Clubman crews dropping a minute apiece.
 
After the only neutral section of the evening to guide the crews through the narrow confines of Dunning village – though not without its perils, as Balfour’s inexperience showed… collecting 30 minutes penalty for early arrival at the neutral control! – the route turned North-West into relatively unfamiliar territory for Glenrothes MSC… Under the A9, over the River Earn, and into the land of 55 Car Club (Perth). With 55 having been somewhat inactive, this would be the first appearance of rally cars in this area for many a year.
 
It started somewhat with a stutter, with a marshal getting lost en route to his post at TC7 resulting in a 15-minute delay, and then an unmanned control at TC8. However, Skinner & Walls would sadly get to sample little of these cracking roads, as Walls, suffering from a bout of “mal de nav”, failed to spot they had taken a wrong slot just after Kinkell Bridge, eventually travelling 3 miles and stumbling across TC11, at which point they decided to call it a night.
 
The route reached its North-Westernmost extremity at TC9, where Stewart/Thomson and Stepney/Balfour would drop a minute apiece. There then followed provided one of the biggest droppers of the night– numerous junctions around St David’s &Madderty, the fabulously twisty road from Dubheads to Trinity Gask, and time-consuming map reference navigation (avoid map refs for the Experts and Non-Experts), would provide a stern challenge for all the crews. Stewart/Thomson would impress to go fastest over this section, dropping just a single minute, ahead of Stepney/Balfour on 2, Merry/Horsburgh on 3, and the sole Experts Barker/Waite on 4. At the card collect at TC11, sole Experts Barker/Waite held the lead, with 1:10 separating the Non-Experts of Stewart/Thomson and Merry/Horsburgh.
 
A fast blast through along the roman road yellow to FindoGask, tricky downhill esses through Lawrencefield, staggered crossroads over the A9, and under the railway bridge, and crews were again faced with another dropper. The “adding map references” navigation wasn’t overly taxing, but combined with the twisty roads and numerous junctions near Forteviot and Forgadenny (including a tasty slot hairpin right just west of Forgadenny), meant Stepney/Balfour impressed to be the only crew clean, with Barker/Waite and Stewart/Thomson both emerging on 3 minutes, Merry/Horsburgh on 4.
 
There then followed one of the classic sections on this map, and one of the favourites from last year’s event – the Path of Condie, a stretch of twisting tarmac draped over the Ochil Hills. This year the route would split straight on after the hairpins at Pathstruie, heading South-East past the Perthshire Off Road Driving Centre. Not a special test this year… maybe some other time! The Path added to its fearsome reputation, sadly adding Merry/Horsburghto its list of victims down the years, as an unlucky hit on some potholes resulted in two buckled wheels, the resulting pair of slow punctures resulting in a DNF a few miles further down the road. Others were far from having it their own way either – after a quick jink through the easy-to-miss slot at Hilton of Duncrievie, and staggered crossroads throughDuncrievie village itself, even a fast run down the B996 could not prevent Barker/Waite and Stewart/Thomson from dropping 2 and 5 minutes apiece, nor Stepney/Balfour from missing the control entirely. Indeed it would be here that the latter’s impressive Novice performance began to unravel so close to the finish, deciding to cut two controls en route to the finish, but nonetheless a very stout showing from the pair. A quick transport section down the M90 would allow the remaining crews to catch back some lateness and alleviate any concerns about going OTL, before tackling the final three sections. Barker/Waite and Stewart/Thomson both finished on a flourish, remaining clean through the lanes around Tillochie, Carnbo, Dalqueich and to the north of Milnathort, before a final blast down the side of Loch Level to the finish control at.
 
A short journey through Kinross to a well-earned coffee and biscuits courtesy of Costa Coffee back at the Services, and after a short results period, Barker/Waite were declared the overall winners, with Stewart/Thomson and Stepney/Balfour claiming the Non-Expert and Clubman class wins respectively, both proving that “to finish first, first you must finish”.
 
Thanks go to the marshals for braving the weather, particularly for such a small entry, and to the competitors themselves for supporting the event. The Aquarius will return in 2015, likely around the same time of year, but provisionally with reduced mileage in Perth & Kinross, instead venturing back onto Glenrothes’ home territory of Fife on Map 59. Before then, the next round of the 2014 Scottish Navigational Rally Championship will be the Nuit Blanche on the 1st of March, where Edinburgh University Motor Sport Club promise to provide a thrilling route around the epic maze of lanes in East Lothian on Map 66. Don’t miss it!
 
 
 
AQUARIUS RALLY
Glenrothes MSC - 1st February 2014
OVERALL RESULTS

 

No.

Driver

Navigator

Car

Class

Time

 

Pos

Cls Pos

1

Drew Barker

Stuart Waite

Vauxhall Corsa

E

13:16

 

1

 

3

Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson

Skoda Fabia

S

10:32

 

2

1

5

Jonathan Stepney

Brodie Balfour

Vauxhall Corsa

C

02:51:02

 

3

1

 
 


 AWARD WINNERS

 1st

 1st Overall

1     Drew Barker

 Stuart Waite                          Vauxhall Corsa

 1st

Class 1 - Experts

Not Awarded

 

 1st

 Class 2 - Semi-Experts

3     Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson                      Skoda Fabia

 1st

Class 3 - Novices

Not Awarded

 

 1st

 The Aquarius Clubman Rally

5     Jonathan Stepney

 Brodie Balfour                       Vauxhall Corsa



 

TIME CONTROL PENALTIES

No.

Driver

Navigator

Class

MTC0

TTC1

IRTC2

RTC3

TC4

TC5

NTC6

TC7

TC8

TC9

TC10

TC11

1

Drew Barker

Stuart Waite

E

 

 

01:12

01:04

02:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

04:00

2

Harry Merry

Craig Horsburgh

S

 

 

01:36

00:06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03:00

3

Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson

S

 

 

00:15

00:17

 

 

 

 

 

01:00

 

01:00

4

Sally Skinner

Stephen Walls

C

 

 

00:06

00:01

 

01:00

 

 

30:00

30:00

30:00

30:00

5

Jonathan Stepney

Brodie Balfour

C

 

 

00:13

00:49

 

01:00

30:00

01:00

 

01:00

 

02:00

 Times in Italics are penalties for early arrival

 


TIME CONTROL PENALTIES

No.

Driver

Navigator

Class

TC12

TC13

TC14

TC15

TTC16

TC17

TC18

MTC1

1

Drew Barker

Stuart Waite

E

 

03:00

 

02:00

 

 

 

 

2

Harry Merry

Craig Horsburgh

S

01:00

04:00

02:00

 

 

30:00

30:00

30:00

3

Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson

S

 

03:00

 

05:00

 

 

 

 

4

Sally Skinner

Stephen Walls

C

30:00

30:00

30:00

30:00

30:00

30:00

30:00

 

5

Jonathan Stepney

Brodie Balfour

C

 

 

 

30:00

 

30:00

30:00

 

Times in Italics are penalties for early arrival



PC and  RC PENALTIES

No.

RC1

RC2

RC3

RC4

RC5

RC6

RC7

RC8

RC9

RC10

RC11

RC12

RC13

RC14

RC15

RC16

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

m

m

m

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

m

 

m

m

p* = PC penalty, m = not visited, s = no signature, a = wrong approach, d = wrong departure

 



POSITIONS AFTER TIME CARD 1

No.

Driver

Navigator

Car

Class

Time

 

Pos

Cls Pos

1

Drew Barker

Stuart Waite

Vauxhall Corsa

E

08:16

 

1

 

3

Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson

Skoda Fabia

S

02:32

 

2

1

2

Harry Merry

Craig Horsburgh

Ford Fiesta

S

04:42

 

3

2

5

Jonathan Stepney

Brodie Balfour

Vauxhall Corsa

C

36:02

 

4

1

4

Sally Skinner

Stephen Walls

Peugeot 106

C

02:01:07

 

5

2

 


LIST OF STARTERS

No.

Driver

Navigator

Car

Class

1

Drew Barker

Stuart Waite

Vauxhall Corsa

E

2

Harry Merry

Craig Horsburgh

Ford Fiesta

S

3

Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson

Skoda Fabia

S

4

Sally Skinner

Stephen Walls

Peugeot 106

C

5

Jonathan Stepney

Brodie Balfour

Vauxhall Corsa

C



NON-FINISHERS
No Driver Navigator Car Note
2 Harry Merry Craig Horsburgh Ford Fiesta Punctures
4 Sally Skinner Stephen Walls Peugeot 106 Mal de Nav

                                                                   

                                                       

2014 Winter Autotest 

2014 Winter Autotest

Fourteen competitors braved arctic conditions to make the trip to Knockhill for the 2014 Winter Autotest and were rewarded by steadily improving weather which ended up being quite a pleasant day.

Brodie Balfour brought out the new Aygo only to have a CV joint break on the very first test, but better to happen there than on the first Rally of the season.

Rory Briant, the new Development Officer for Scottish Motor Sport, came along and was persuaded to have a go in one of David Barlow's Micras. He demonstrated his considerable driving skills by winning the Production Car section of the event with Bob Watson sitting beside him. Only Colin Rae in the Mini Special was quicker on the day.

The "Barrel Run" part of the event was held in the West Padock but the main attraction was the two tests held on the Rally course on the hillside.

Despite the drying conditions, the course was very slippery as Knockhill have recently carried out some construction works on the concrete roads, leaving generous quantities of mud on the surface. Rumour has it that some of the quicker Junior drivers were grabbing third gear on the quickest part of the second test!

Needless to say there were huge smiles at the end, and calls for more of the same next time.

Because of the distance and lack of visibility between start and  finish lines, the Club radios were used to communicate betwen the two which gave a distinct "Rally" feel to the tests. However the trusty marshals coped admirably helping to make the whole event go off without incident.

 

Next Autotest will be the Andy Wilson Memorial event, provisional date, 20th April.