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By Tom Hanley
Rally driver reflects on season

ANGUS Lawrie has enjoyed a strong 2016 ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship season after four rounds in his bright yellow Vauxhall Corsa 1400.

The Castle Douglas driver currently sits at the top of the class 2 standings and not far from points’ leader Grant Inglis in the Scottish 2WD Championship.
Commenting on his season so far, Angus said: “So far, this season has been very good despite the disappointing retirement on the (McDonald and Munro)Speyside Stages with gearbox failure.”
Lawrie and his co-driver Paul Gribeen are doing well in two different championships, but the class 2 championship remains the priority for the pair.
He said, “The 2WD championship is certainly very positive for us just now, but again with only a class 2 Vauxhall Corsa, a top five finish in the championship would make me very happy, although achieving a top three would be incredible.”
Despite Lawrie’s Corsa being slightly underpowered compared to its closest challengers in the Scottish 2WD’s, he ensures that the car is as good as it can be.
“The car is now at a stage that it should be reliable and ensure it’s only down to the driver to make sure it crosses the line.”
Lawrie is in fine form heading into the final two rallies of the year, but cites his last SRC event, the Scottish, as the highlight of his season so far.
He said, “I would say the Scottish was one of the season highlights. As well as the overall result, looking at the stage times against the BRC competitors made Paul and I really happy and positive in success for what plans may develop for the 2017 season.”
The next round of the 2016 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship is the Coltel Grampian Stages, near Aberdeen, on August 13.
You can keep up to date with the SRC via the website or through Facebook and Twitter (@MSA_SRC)


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