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Home victory for Bogie

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By Tom Hanley
Home victory for Bogie

THE RSAC Scottish Rally went right down to the wire on the final stage of the final day - with homegrown hero David Bogie and co-driver Kevin Rae coming out on top.

Bogie and Rae enjoyed a back and forth battle throughout with the fellow Skoda Fabia R5 crew of Fredrik Ahlin and Torstein Eriksen, until the Scandinavian pairing were forced out of the event with a damaged radiator.
After coming out on top, Bogie said: “This is unbelievable! This is the one I have wanted to win the most. To go into the final stage with 0.1s between Fredrik and I was all or nothing, and it was disappointing to see him go out.
“It’s really special to win at home in front of my friends and family.”
With the demise of Tom Cave who bowed out with a broken wheel and suspension strut, a battle royale was set up on the final day, with the fight for the lead a two-horse race between CA1 Sport team-mates Ahlin and Bogie.
The Dumfries-based driver had shown flashes of brilliance in his DMACK-shod Fabia R5, but the results had not reflected his phenomenal speed.
Bogie was a man on a mission on the afternoon loop of stages however, and the Scottish driver reduced the deficit to 1.4 seconds with two speed tests remaining.
A stage later and he had turned the tables, to lead Swedish star Ahlin by 0.1 seconds going into the final 8.11km showdown.
Ahlin’s luck ran out halfway through the stage however when a rock made its way into the front of the Skoda, bursting a hole in the radiator.
It was game over for the championship leader, much to the delight of a packed Moffat town centre, as Bogie rolled into the finish to a huge round of applause having won his first BRC event since his championship-winning year in 2011.


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