David Bogie bounced back from recent car problems with a convincing win on Saturday's Station Garage Mitsubishi Granite City Rally, the third round of the 2010 Hankook MSA Scottish Rally Championship.
The reigning Scottish title-holder won four of the six Aberdeenshire stages in his Mitsubishi Evo 9, finishing with a total time of 41 minutes 26 seconds, seventeen seconds ahead of runner up Jock Armstrong in a Subaru Impreza.
Last year's Granite winner Mike Faulkner took the final podium spot a further seventeen seconds back in his Evo 6 - helped by a bag of flour to stop a slipping clutch.
David Wilson secured fourth overall in his Evo, while fifth-placed Alick Kerr - in a Subaru Impreza - now leads the championship by six points over Andy Horne, who finished seventh.
Bogie, with Kevin Rae on the notes, had struggled with a mysterious loss of power on last month's Bulldog International Rally, the opening round of the British championship.
The Dumfries driver said the Aberdeen victory was just the tonic needed ahead of next weekend's Pirelli International: "The car's gone well, so obviously the problem's cured,” he said. “It was a good rally, good stages, good competition, a good steady pace - probably a little slower on the first stage getting into the groove - but after that everything came together. It sets us up well for next weekend."
Snowman winners Armstrong and co-driver Kirsty Riddick were also happy to be back in the points, after gearbox failure had ended their challenge on the Border Counties Rally last month.
With a new box fitted, Armstrong's day included an equal fastest time with Faulkner through stage four, plus two second and two third quickest times.
The Castle Douglas competitor was 12 seconds adrift of Bogie going into the final Fettereso stage - conceding a further five seconds to the champion before the end of the 10.46 mile test - but said that by then, securing the runners-up spot was the main aim.