Five-time KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship champion David Bogie sealed a commanding victory on the final round of the series, the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally.
Co-driven by John Rowan, Bogie took victory in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC by over a minute from local hero Jock Armstrong and Cameron Fair’s Subaru Impreza. Michael Binnie and Claire Mole were third in a Mitsubishi Evo IX.
Switching to a hired McGeehan Motorsport Mini JCW WRC for the Galloway Hills, Bogie was undeterred and adapted to the new machine quickly. Pulling out a 10.3 second lead on the opening test, the gap stretched to 15s then 29s before service as the Dumfries driver went on to win all five of the rally’s stages.
A puncture on stage one Dalbeattie hampered Armstrong’s cause, but ultimately his Subaru Impreza couldn’t quite match the pace of the MINI upfront meaning Armstrong’s quest for an unprecedented 10th Galloway Hills Rally win goes on.
For Bogie it was his second SRC win of the season and fourth on this event, backing up his victory 12 months ago in a Skoda Fabia R5.
“Of course it was the first time in the MINI World Rally Car so it’s been a good day,” Bogie said.
“It took us a wee while to get up to speed with how the car handled this morning but as the day went on we got quicker and quicker and got the result that we wanted.
“The car has been fantastic, never missed a beat all day and John [Rowan] has done a great job so it was a really enjoyable day’s sport.”
“It could’ve been something else but not to be; it’s always disappointing to be second on your home rally,” Armstrong admitted.
“The season has ended up OK. I haven’t had a win this year so I was hoping to celebrate even more tonight. The season has come and gone so quickly but it’s been a good year.”