Bogie bags top-five finish in British opener

While Ireland’s Keith Cronin won the opening round of the British Rally Championship (BRC) in Wales, the happiest man was Scots youngster David Bogie. The 21-year-old, making his BRC debut, bagged a top-five finish.

“It’s a terrific result considering this is the first time I’ve driven my new Mitsubishi Evo X in a rally,” the talented young Scot said today after finishing the final stage of the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales.

“What’s encouraging is we already know there’s a lot more to come from the car, especially in terms of engine power. It was always unfair to expect it to be 100% straight out of the box, but to be fast enough for fifth is excellent.

“I’d have been even faster if I hadn’t stalled at the start of stage four, the 16-miler at Big Ray, but we were having a few problems with the gears which we thankfully managed to sort at the last service before the final two stages.”

Bogie — who dominated last year’s British Mitsubishi Championship — was consistently fifth-quickest throughout the day’s six stages, eventually finishing just 20.7secs behind the Subaru Impreza of fourth-placed Adam Gould from Bristol.

The Dumfries youngster also won his private duel with fellow Scot Dave Weston jnr. The 19-year-old from Aberdeen finished sixth in his Impreza, 7.1s adrift of Bogie.

Cronin meanwhile, who had trailed three-times British champ Mark Higgins’ Impreza all day, took advantage of a slip by the Manxman on the final stage to finish the event in 1hr 20mins 59.7secs and win by 9.0s. Welshpool’s Stuart Jones was third in a Mitsubishi Evo IX.

“I felt as long as I could keep applying pressure to Mark something might work in my favour,” Bantry-based Cronin, who started the final 16-miler trailing by 3.0s, said. “Fortunately on this occasion it worked in my favour.”


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