Skip to content

Rally star Jock crowned Scottish champion

Be the first to share!
By Lisa Barbour
Rally star Jock crowned Scottish champion

THE COVETED Scottish Rally Championship title has returned to Dumfries and Galloway – but in the hands of a new keeper this year.

SCOTTISH CHAMPIONS . . . Jock Armstrong and Paula Swinscoe, pictured at the Merrick Stages, have scooped the Scottish Rally Championship title. Picture: LindsayPhotoSport

Jock Armstrong, of Castle Douglas, and navigator Paula Swinscoe were delighted to be crowned champions following the cancellation of the final round of the ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship – the Colin McRae Forest Stages – this weekend.
Following in the footsteps of Dumfries driver David Bogie, who was the first ever competitor to win five back-to-back titles, Armstrong sealed his victory with four consecutive second place finishes following a season opening victory on the Snowman Rally in his Subaru Impreza.
The skilled tradesman, who has been chasing the Scottish title since 2009, said: “This feels like it’s been a long time coming, but I’m delighted to finally get my hands on the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship trophy.
“I’ve been chasing this championship since 2009, and had a few near misses.
“It’s always seemed to conspire against me but this year seemed different right from the start – the Snowman win set us up for the season and despite following that with a retirement I always felt that we were in a strong position.”
He added: “This is only my second season with Paula in the navigators seat and we treated the first very much as a learning year where we both worked hard at it, so we were ready to go for this season right from the start of the first stage. It’s been a real team effort.”
The prize pair, who have only been competing together for two years, have now been offered an entry to the national category on Wales Rally GB.


12th Apr

New committee

By Fiona Reid | DNG24

Region not worst for potholes

Region not worst for potholes

AN EXTENSIVE explanation for the state of the region’s roads has been given by Dumfries and Galloway Council officials.