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By Fiona Reid
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Galloway rally is go

OVER 60 of some of the best rally drivers from the UK and Ireland will converge on Castle Douglas this weekend for the 42nd Galloway Hills Rally.

The now traditional final Scottish loose surface event of the season has attracted a top quality entry which will be led away by seven time rally winner and local hero Jock Armstrong in his Subaru Impreza with co-driver Paula Swinscoe alongside.
Hot on their heels will be David Bogie in his Fiesta R5+ at number two. Fresh from victory at last weekend’s Cambrian Rally in North Wales, the Dumfries star will be aiming to repeat his 2007 victory with co-driver Kevin Rae.
Organised by Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs, the event on Sunday will also feature crews from across the Irish Sea led by Skoda S2000 pilot Desi Henri/John Rowan who will start at the number three seed, the same position as last year.
Local duo Rory Young and Allan Cathers will use their Mitsubishi E5 for their home event and will start with number four on the doors.
Another one-time event winner and Dumfries residents Mark McCulloch and Michael Hendry start at five in their Mitsubishi E9.
Subaru Impreza WRC crew Niall Henry and Damien Duffin make the trip over from Northern Ireland at car six.
First of the two wheel drive contenders are Penpont’s Greg and Chris McKnight in their Ford Escort MK2, closely followed by the spectacular Seamus O’Connell and Andy Richardson in their similar machine.
One entry to note is Irish Citroen star Jonny Greer who made a last minute entry in the gorgeous DS3 R5 with Kirsty Riddick as co-driver.
The event is a round of the Five of Clubs Rally Championship and Border Challenge and for the first time will also welcome competitors from the Ecosse Challenge and Motoscope Northern Historic Rally Championship.
The compact route of six gravel stages are all located to the north-west of Castle Douglas with the first car starting at 8.30am.
Spectators will have the chance to view the action at four locations throughout the day – for more information go to www.gallowayhillsrally.co.uk/spectators

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