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Bogie wins Speyside in race for Scottish crown.

A sprig of white heather proved a lucky charm for Dumfries rally ace David Bogie as he powered to victory on Saturday's Gleaner Oil & Gas Speyside Stages - the sixth round of the County Saab Scottish Championship.

The 21-year-old declared himself "chuffed to bits" after taking his third maximum SRC points haul of the season in his Toyota Corolla WRC.

Bogie, and Hawick co-driver Kevin Rae, finished the eight Moray stages in a total time of 43 minutes 27 seconds - ten seconds ahead of runner-up Jimmy Girvan of Inverness - the current series leader - in his Subaru Impreza.

Following his full points score on the previous round, the "Scottish", at the end of June, Bogie knew that with the title decided on the best six scores out of eight, he had to repeat the feat in the forests of Moray if he was to keep his hopes alive.

"The championship is back on track", said Bogie, as he celebrated his win at the finish in Elgin town centre, adding: "We picked some white heather from the roadside on the way up which I had with me in the car - and I'll be taking it to the next round, the Merrick Stages, as well!"

The heather might well have been dispensed with, after Bogie stalled at the start of the second short spectator stage on the tarmac of Elgin's Cooper Park - but once out into the forests, he was well into his stride.

Overall victory was not Bogie's priority on the day - but he took full advantage after British Champion Guy Wilks - standing in for Aberdeen's
Dave Weston - was forced to retire with transmission problems.

Weston - who's not contesting the SRC this season - had to withdraw from the event at the eleventh hour with a back problem, depriving him of the opportunity of becoming the first three-time winner of the Speyside, after victories in 2006 and 2007.

Wilks quickly mastered Weston's Ford Focus WRC and - with navigator Dave Robson - won four of the first five stages, building up a 36 second lead over Bogie, before his day ended on SS6 Balloch.



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