August 16, 2022
This year’s Grampian Forest Rally was once again the annual event where the British and Scottish Rally championship competitors would go head-to-head in what was to be a tough rally for many competitors.
Garry Pearson and Dale Furniss were closing on a podium position until an off in stage 5 left them stuck and forced retirement.
The fast and challenging stages set in Deeside, in the North of Scotland, were even more difficult than normal due to the hot dusty conditions and loose nature of the surfaces the 88 competitors faced.
David Bogie and John Rowan, finished 6th overall, and first SRC crew.
Over 50% of the entry had chosen to voluntarily offset their average event day carbon emissions, these competitors together with all the organisers vehicles helped the event to reach over 21,000kg of CO2e to be offset in the future using high quality certified carbon offsetting projects based in Scotland.
John Wink & Neil Shanks, put in a storming drive with their rebuilt Hyundai R5, finishing 10th overall.
This offsetting level is believed to be the highest level of voluntary carbon offsetting for any motorsport event in Scotland, a fact that delighted the event organisers, sponsors, and local stakeholders.
It was to be a disappointing event for Jock Armstrong and Cameron Fair, retiring with oil pressure problems.
The event itself featured the highest number of Carbon Positive Motorsport brand ambassadors competing together on any event this year. This group was joined on the day by several regular and new customers, and the addition of event ambassadors competing in both the BRC and SRC championships.
Such a strong presence meant that on the lead up to the event there was a high awareness of the event’s environmental ambitions, and a strong Positive About Motorsport message on the event itself.
Despite such success for the event, It was to prove to be a day of mixed fortunes for the CPM ambassadors on the stages with several retirements and punctures.
Kyle White and Sean Topping joined Carbon Positive Motorsport as an event ambassador for the event and for selected future rounds, sadly they retired when fighting for the lead in the BRC juniors’ class with a damaged brake hose.
Ashleigh Morris and Martin Haggett had a frustrating rally with two punctures causing lost stage time.
At the end of the day, Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin who competed with their carbon emissions offset, won the event after a scintillating drive with Carbon Positive Motorsport Ambassador Osian Pryce and Noel O’Sullivan finishing in second place to keep their championship hopes alive as the BRC heads next to Wales.
Brian Ross finished an excellent 24th overall in his Millington powered Escort.
Carbon Positive Motorsport founder Paul Glass said after the event: "Joining the event one year after our launch it was quite amazing to reflect on the progress that has been made in our first year, and for the enthusiasm and encouragement so many people shared with me in person over the two days in the service park.
"I want to thank all the competitors who used our carbon offsetting package on the rally for supporting the event, and our incredible brand ambassadors who really help us raise awareness of our initiative and provide their support in the interests of the sport and the environment.
"Finally, thank you to the event organisers and especially Graham Provest for all their support to us in this first year."
British Rally Championship Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally Top Ten Results
1 Keith Cronin/ Mikie Galvin Volkswagen Polo 39:12
2 Osian Pryce/ Noel O'Sullivan Volkswagen Polo GT R5 39:3322 +0:21
3 Ruairi Bell/ Max Freeman Skoda Fabia R5 39:4133 +0:29
4 James Williams/ Dai Roberts Hyundai I20 R5 40:2444 +1:12
5 Jason Pritchard/ Phil Clarke VW Polo R5 40:5055 +1:38
6 David Bogie/ John Rowan Ford Fiesta 40:5816 +1:46
7 David Henderson/ Chris Lees Ford Fiesta Rally2 41:1727 +2:05
8 Hugh Brunton/ Drew Sturrock Ford Fiesta R5 41:4738 +2:35
9 Alan Carmichael/Arthur Kierans Hyundai R5 42:0149 +2:49
10 John Wink/ Neil Shanks Hyundai i20 R5 42:13510 +3:01
See the full results at rallies.info
Scottish Rally Championship Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally Top Ten Results
1 David Bogie/John Rowan Fiesta Rally2 40:58:00
2 David Henderson/Chris Lees Fiesta Rally2 41:17:00 +19
3 Hugh Brunton/Drew Sturrock Fiesta R5 41:47:00 +0:49
4 John Wink/Neil Shanks Hyundai i20 R5 42:13:00 +1:15
5 Mark McCulloch/Michael Hendry Satria S2000 42:19:00 +1:21
6 Angus Lawrie/Paul Gribben Mitsubishi Evo IX 42:51:00 +1:53
7 Scott Beattie/Peredur Wyn Davies Mitsubishi Evo IX 42:53:00 +1:55
8 Robert Adamson/Jamie Edwards Fiesta Rally2 44:15:00 +3:17
9 Peter Stewart/Harry Marchbank Peugeot 208 Rally4 44:53:00 +3:55
10 Stuart Egglestone/Brian Hodgson Escort RS 2000 MkII 45:17:00 +4:19
See the full results at EWRC.com
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