Scotland’s most promising young rally ace, David Bogie, maintained his charge towards the Hankook Scottish Rally Championship by claiming his second successive victory in the Elgin-based Speyside Stages Rally.
The 21-year-old from Dumfries, reunited with the Toyota Corolla World Rally car he drove last year having wrecked his Mitsubishi Evo9 in the previous round, dominated the event to win at a canter by 32 seconds.
“It was great to get back into the old car,” Bogie, beamed after returning to the Elgin HQ today. “It may be 10-years-old by God does it shift. It took me two or three stages to get back into the swing, but after that it was brilliant.”
Bogie — who completed the eight stages in 42mins 47secs — rattled off four successive fastest stage times, starting with the nine-miler at Craigend Hill, to seize control of the event.
And by the time he exited stage seven the 14-mile test at Blackstripes, he’d opened a healthy 30s advantage over the Mitsubishi of Lockerbie’s Mike Faulkner.
“There are only two rounds of the championship to go, so wins are crucial at this stage of the season,” Bogie, who finished ahead of his title rivals, Faulkner and the Subaru of Jock Armstrong from Castle Douglas.
“I’ve put myself in the perfect position now to push hard for the title. I only missed out on the championship in the final round last year and I have no intention of doing the same this year.”