Round 1 summary of the 2017 Super Lap Scotland Championship powered by Rockstar Energy Drink; this time concentrating our attention on the Pro, A and B Classes.
Early news from the event, was that 2016 Pro Class winner and King of the Hill Champion Paul Rankin would have to withdraw from the opening round after his 1000hp+ Subaru Impreza suffered complete steering failure. That left the way clear for someone to take the top spot in Pro class for well over a year. Step forward Colin Doward. Fastest in qualifying ahead of David Long and Eric Holmes by almost 4 seconds; and then, fastest again in the final with a time of 52.697secs, with the Holmes and Long combination reversed in the final timings. That said, our next round should see Ranking and potentially a few other cars competing in Pro class; therefore it will be very interesting to see how Doward fairs on Sunday 14th May at Rd2.
In Class A 2016 Champion John Stevenson started the season off as he ended last by posting the winning time in qualifying at round 1. However, his good friend and rival, Archie Bain got the better of him in the final, piping John to first place by just 0.532secs. Alastair Mowat (2016 Class E Champion) moves into this class for 2017 in a yet to be seen MK1 Golf GTi, and he’ll be happy enough with a third place finish in Class A behind the wheel of his trusty BMW.
Jumping up to Class B for 2017 was 2016 Class C Champion, George Rigby; and he seemed to take the step up in his stride as he walked away with both qualifying and final SLS victory ahead of Craig McCready and Keith Boyd in both sessions. There will be a few other drivers in the mix of Class B as the season progresses, but with new pieces on Rigby’s car yet to be fully dialed-in, it’s looking likely, even at this early stage, that he could be the man to beat in Class B this year.
Here’s our video round up of Round 1.
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