Mistake costs Bogie Rally podium finish

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Bogie lost British title despite rally win (Photo Credit: Luke Barry)

Rally driver David Bogie fell short of a championship title after the Scotsman crashed out on the final day of the Wales Rally GB. 

Bogie was in pursuit of his second British Rally Championship (BRC) title last weekend but a mistake during Sunday morning cost him the chance to double up his successes.

The 2011 British champion did everything he could in his Skoda Fabia R5, comfortably beating his BRC rivals to win round four of the series, but championship rival Matt Edwards’ third place was enough for him to take the 2018 title.

Despite the disappointment on the final day, 31-year-old Bogie was pleased with his performances in the opening days of the competition.

He said: “We always knew the championship was going to be a tall order coming into this weekend but we did what we had to do and it’s good to get a rally win.

“I wanted to win the BRC but I also wanted to score well on the rally. This rally is tough with such early starts and late nights and unfortunately we spun on a slippy stretch of tarmac on Sunday, hit a bank and burst the radiator which was pretty gutting to be honest.”

 

One driver’s fault was another’s gain as fellow Scotsman, Alex Laffey took the driving seat to finish second in the final round in his Ford Fiesta R5.

Laffey and co-driver Patrick Walsh cruised to a comfortable fourth in the opening round but profited from Bogie and fellow Skoda driver Rhys Yates’ mistakes to take his maiden BRC podium in the process.

The result elevated Laffey to second in the championship and the 28-year-old admitted he never saw it coming.

He said: “It was a long rally but such a pleasure [to drive].

“I had the mindset of keeping it clean and staying out of trouble which is what I did, and it got us this great result we needed.”

There were similar tales of jubilation and heartbreak further down the field.

Scottish teenager Finlay Retson was chasing the Cadet Cup title in his Ford Fiesta R2, and jumped the first hurdle by finishing the first round top of the class and an impressive third in the Juniors.

However, his hard work was undone on Saturday morning when the rear right wheel dislodged itself from his car.

He said: “I thought it was just a puncture so decided to drive on but when we came to a sweeping right hand bend we lost the back end and slid off the road.”

Alongside the main event, the Wales Rally GB National Rally took in the same stages as the international contest but only went through each stage once rather than twice.

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Gallache and Nicol with four-time World Champion Juha Kankkunen (Photo Credit: Luke Barry)

The newly crowned Scottish champion, Andrew Gallacher took another victory, dominating the event in his Ford Focus WRC.

His Edinburgh co-driver Jane Nicol was delighted.

She said: “It’s been a perfect season and this is the perfect way to round it off.”

Fellow Scotsmen John Wink and John Forrest made it a Scottish one-two with second place in their Hyundai i20 R5, with Simon Hay and Calum Jaffray making it three Scottish crews in the top 10 with sixth.

 

 

 

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