David Bogie set what he described as a “nice, quick, but cautious pace” to win the Jim Clark Reivers Rally – the fourth round of the Hankook MSA Scottish Championship.
The Dumfries driver powered his Mitsubishi Evo 9 through the Berwickshire lanes to finish fifteen seconds ahead of Euan Thorburn in a Subaru Impreza, with Willie Bonniwell, also in a Subaru, bagging the final podium spot, a further six seconds back.
Bogie, with co-driver Kevin Rae, was the fourth different winner in as many rounds this season.
The victory made up for an off at a hairpin on the final stage of the Granite City, which cost Bogie and Rae a potential win.
“It's been clean and tidy with no mistakes – it was very important for the championship that we got maximum points, “said Bogie at the finish in Duns town square, adding: “After losing the lead on the last stage of the Granite we knew what could happen, so we kind of turned down the speed a wee bit, and came up with the goods”.
Bogie was fastest through the third stage and the final eighth test, Buxley 1 and Harehead 2, while Duns-resident Thorburn, and co-driver Claire Mole, set the quickest times on the sixth and seventh stages, Buxley 2 and Wedderburn 2.
However, while the Dumfries driver had a trouble-free day with his car, Thorburn's Subaru developed a mis-fire – similar to a problem encountered on the Granite.
It cost Thorburn and Mole more than 30 seconds on Buxley 1, and caused concerns for the support team at first service, but the pair were quickly back on the pace thereafter.
Thorburn reflected ruefully: “There just weren't enough stages left – we weren't far away in the end, but the time lost on Buxley cost us. Still it's a good result”.
Oban's Willie Bonniwell, with Jedburgh's Dave Robson on the notes, had gone into the event determined to finish, after gearbox problems halted his championship challenge on the Granite City.