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By Euan Maxwell
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Bogie rallies up history

DUMFRIES driver David Bogie secured a historic Scottish Rally victory at Lockerbie last Saturday, taking his seventh win on the event and etched his name into the record books.

The rally attracted around 140 crews from across the UK and beyond who would tackle classic forest stages in the region.

Bogie and co-driver John Rowan stormed to fastest time on every single one of the event’s five stages to win by over a minute from their nearest rival. Bogie’s tally of wins surpasses the legendary Roger Clark who took six victories in the 1960s and 70s.

Castle Douglas ace Jock Armstrong made a successful debut on gravel in a new-for 2021 Ford Fiesta Rally2 to take second place with Cameron Fair alongside, as Duns pilot Garry Pearson rounded out an all-Scottish podium in third, driving a Skoda Fabia R5 and Niall Burns in the co-drivers seat.

A delighted Bogie said: “It’s always really nice to win your home rally and to make it a tally of seven victories makes me really proud.

“Never for a second do I think that my achievement is equal to Roger Clark’s, the events were very different back then with it being four or five days long, but it’s a nice record to have.

“It looked on paper like an easy result but it was a really challenging day. Once I got the first stage out the way and settled back into the Mini, I found a nice pace and John and I were working really well together as always.”

The battle for two-wheel-drive honours also went the way of a Dumfries crew as Mark McCulloch and Michael Hendry took top spot in their Ford Escort MK2. Making the UK debut of the Peugeot 208 Rally4, Peter Stewart and Harry Marchbank pushed their brand-new machine to second spot with Dalbeattie’s Iain Wilson taking third with Chris Williams alongside.

Niall Cowan Jnr was another Dumfries driver to take victory, taking his MG ZR to class M2 honours with Callum Shanks in the co-drivers seat.

Meanwhile, rallying dad Niall Cowan Snr enjoyed a positive debut of a newly built MG3 to give the family a one-two, taking second in class with Chris Wareham on the notes.

Photo by Edward Ferguson

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