Scotland’s most talented young rally ace, Dumfries 21-year-old David Bogie, tackles the second round of the British Rally Championship this weekend eyeing his first podium finish of the campaign.
The young Scot, who had to content himself with a frustrating fifth place in the opening round in Wales three weeks ago when the turbo on his Mitsubishi Evo X operated only at half-power, heads to the Carlisle-based Pirelli Rally knowing he will be quicker.
“With the development we’ve carried out on the car since the Bulldog Rally, I’m know we will be able to increase our pace”, Bogie, who will again be co-driven by Hawick’s Kevin Rae, said today.
“Although I’ve not competed on the Pirelli Rally before, I like the long fast stages that are synonymous with Kielder and I think the Evo X will be well suited. I’m looking forward to getting back into the car and seeing if we can get on terms with the front-runners.
“It was frustrating seeing a couple of the guys I knew I was faster than actually finishing ahead of me in the Bulldog, but that was all because my car was down on power. This weekend I’m out to make amends.”
Ireland’s Keith Cronin, who won the opening round in his Mitsubishi, and the Subaru of double British champ, Manxman Mark Higgins, who finished second in the Bulldog, will again be the men to beat.
The Pirelli tackles 12 of the most toughest gravel stages in the infamous Kielder Forest, where the drivers will rack up more than 100 white knuckle ride miles, before finishing back in Carlisle tomorrow evening.