NEWS

PLANS ARE WELL UNDERWAY FOR 2018 AND OUR DRAFT REGS ARE AWAY TO THE MSA FOR APPROVAL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THE DRAFT REGS PLEASE DROP ME AN EMAIL.

 

WE WILL HOLD OUR PRIZEGIVING AT THE END OF JANUARY AND WILL HAVE STICKERS ETC READY FOR COLLECTION AT THE SAME TIME.

 

LOOKING FOR A C2 IN 2018, WE HAVE TWO UNDER RE-BUILD AT THE MOMENT, PLEASE ASK FOR INFORMATION.

 

PRIZEGIVING CANCELLED AT THE MOMENT & IT WILL NOT TAKE PLACE THIS SATURDAY. MORE NEWS ASAP.

 

PRIZEGIVING SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 4PM OSPREY CENTRE AVIEMORE

Everyone is invited to attend our prizegiving which as requested will be before the SRC awards and will be held in the Chairmans Reception Suite. This years winners are: Gina Walker, Alasdair McIlroy, Alex Pirie, Richard Simmonds, Ross Hughes and Andy Struthers. If you are not attending please let me know. Robert Beck is also reminding you that if you want tickets for the evening SRC do to get your ticket order in ASAP. We look forward to seeing you on the 18th @ 4pm sharp.

 

2018 EVENTS

PLEASE NOTE THAT 5 OUT OF THE 7 EVENTS WILL SCORE

10th February – Snowman Rally (Inverness) NC

10th March – Border Counties Rally (Jedburgh) SC

21st April – Speyside Stages (Elgin) NC

19th May – Scottish Rally (Dumfries) SC

23rd June – Argyll Stages Rally (Dunoon)

11th August – Grampian Forest Rally (Aberdeenshire) NC

8th September – Galloway Hills Rally (Castle Douglas) SC

 

Notice of Intent now approved by the MSA so we will now start on next years regulations.

 

It is good to hear from so many of you who are currently building cars for 2018, remember if you need any help or advice on building please ask. We are planning to introduce a Southern Cup this year as we are getting enquires from competitors from the English C2 Challenge as they are not using any gravel events next year. We will also have a Northern Cup for those of you from the north.

 

Well thats another year almost over with the only outstanding event, the prizegiving. As requested we will return to the same date and location as the SRC so we look forward to seeing you all in Aviemore on Saturday 18th November. As normal we will start our prizegiving at 4pm so you have time to get your glad rags on for the SRC do in the evening. The points table is now up on the points page and congratulations to you all no matter where you finished. I will publish a list of prize winners ASAP.

 

Drew Barker returns to forest rallying having purchased the silver C2 that Andy & Gina used, he hopes to get out on the Mull gravelsprint to get used to the forest again. Will this bring David Martin back out? There is also another new C2 being built in Valleyfield.

 

Plans for 2018

Plans are well under way for 2018 with several new exciting options to broaden the appeal for competitors. Our notice of intent is away to the MSA for approval. We are looking at a couple of new rounds for 2018 and pushing for split events so you don't have to run after all the 4WDs'  We will be returning to a control tyre and discussions are under way with suppliers. We hope to continue with the free entry to the following round by the winner but are also considering other forms of prizes. I am aware of several new cars being built and several new drivers coming out as the problem of getting parts for old 205s continues.

 

Looking at the SRC points table after the Grampian Stages it shows that our C2 Drivers are putting on a good show in the SRC as well as in this Championship.

With only one round to go it looks very interesting.

SRC Juniors

1st Andy Struthers with 50 points

3rd Gina Walker with 39 points

6th Ross Hughes with 17 points

 

SRC Ladies Driver

1st Gina Walker

 

SRC Class 3

1st Alex Pirie with 67 points

5th Andy Struthers with 57 points

6th Gina Walker with 44 points

7th Graeme Sherry with 27 points

9th Ross Hughes with 26 points

 

SRC Clubman 2WD Drivers

8th Alex Pirie with 59 points

16th Gina Walker with 32 points

21st Andy Struthers with 24 points

32nd Ross Hughes with 11 points

37th Graeme Sherry with 6 points

 

Regs are now out for our final round the Galloway Hills, you will see that they have an interesting offer for those who enter early. I will not be down for this event as I will be on holiday however our secretary Grahame Douglas will do the honours.

 

Star Drive in Dunoon

 

The first Argyll rally for almost 20 years was based out of Dunoon Stadium which worked much better than expected as a venue.

 

Alex Pirie was rewarded with the SRC Star Driver award on the recent Dunoon Rally. Alex with co-driver Frazer had a slow start on the first stage as they took things easy due to the adverse conditions. Things improved and whilst times improved the wee car was taking a pounding, so much so that they had to increase the protection on the fuel tank at service. A broken engine mount caused was also welded up at service after SS4. A jubilant Alex took 1st C2 and 2nd in SRC class 3.

 

Gina Walker and Richard Simmonds took 2nd C2 and 3rd in SRC class 3. Gina's smile said it all as she had a great and generally trouble free day.

 

Both Alex & Gina beat the C2R2 of Jim Robertson and Andy was only one place behind him proving how good you drivers are in bog standard cars. One day John Fife might even give you guys some credit for the fantastic results you achieve!

 

Andy Struthers & Ali McIlroy had a good run despite his parents not being able to attend the event but still finished 3rd C2.

 

Graeme Sherry & Richard Wardle still had a bent front strut from the previous rally so was finding the handling interesting, still they made it back to the finish.

 

Ross Hughes & Neil Ewing were one of the casualties of SS1 and they left the road so game over.

 

Elvin Smith was another casualty of SS1and now has a big re-building job for the next round the Grampian.

 

I think everyone was relieved when the Organisers decided to pull the plug on SS5 which was a re-run of SS1 due to the conditions. The Organisers do have my sympathy but the SRC & MSA really do need to act on your behalf to get better  suitable stages for events.

 

Scottish Rally Preview

For 2017 there are many changes and improvements for our competitors with the first being our title sponsor. We welcome Mick Harris of C2RALLYPARTS.CO.UK , Mick has been developing C2 rally parts over the past five years and has built more C2's than anyone I know so first class advice is always available. Mick also owns MH Motorsport who hires out and runs several R2's etc in the British Rally Championship.

 

This year we also welcome DMACK who will be providing our competitors with a substantial cost saving to last year's tyre prices with a tyre created  with increased puncture resistance which is working. DMACK will also be providing four free tyres for the first C2 using DMACK tyres all year on all events.

 

Following the Speyside Stages, Duns Driver and RSAC Scholar Gina Walker with co-driver Richard Simmonds leads the Drivers and Junior Drivers table whilst Richard leads the Co-drivers. Gina had a good run on the Border but suffered a punctured Dunlop tyre on the Speyside but still took first place.

 

Lanark's Andy Struthers with Alisdair McIlroy  had a good steady run and ended up 2nd on the Speyside. Andy is currently the 1st Teenage Driver and  4th in the Challenge.

 

Lanark's Ross Hughes and Neil Ewing had a good run but a punctured Dunlop tyre and an excursion to a ditch whilst trying to beat Gina knocked them down to third place.

 

Alex Pirie and Frazer Skene from Keith led on the first round but after having to change a clutch in service received penalties which knocked them down to 4th place on the Speyside.  Alex is currently second in the Challenge after a win on the Border Counties.

 

RSAC Scholar Elvin Smith from Dalgety Bay with Grahame Douglas stepped up from the Ecosse J1000 Challenge in a new car built by Graeme Mack and has had a steady run on both events. Elvin lost the cooling fan on SS3 which was replaced in service.

 

Graeme Sherry from Glasgow with Richard Wardle also came back out to play as he keeps his Chevette clean and tidy. Graeme suffered an off on the Border and had suspension problems on the Speyside so will be hoping for a clean run on the Scottish.

 

Charles 'Chuck' Blair from Dumfries returns to the Challenge for the Scottish in his newly built C2 after a year off after swapping his old 205 for a C2.

 

RSAC Scholars Gina Walker and Elvin Smith both benefit from having a free entry to the Scottish as part of their Scholarship deal.

 

As in past years the Ecosse Challenge is not about winning the SRC, it is a fun one make low cost championship where our competitors compete with each other in a controlled family environment.

 

 

Border Counties Preview:

For 2017 there are many changes and improvements for our competitors with the first being our title sponsor. We welcome Mick Harris of C2RALLYPARTS.CO.UK, Mick has been developing C2 rally parts over the past five years and has built more C2's than anyone I know so first class advice is always available. Mick also owns MH Motorsport who hire out and run several R5's etc in the British Rally Championship.

 

This year we welcome DMACK who will be providing our competitors with a substantial cost saving to last year's tyre prices with a tyre created  with increased puncture resistance. DMACK will also be providing four free tyres for the first C2 using DMACK tyres all year.

 

Once again we will be giving out five free entries, one to the winning C2 on each of the first five rounds of the championship.

 

We are also grateful to the six events we use who offer our competitors a saving of £50 per entry fee on each event saving them £300 for the season.

 

This year we are expecting several new faces joining last year's competitors. Elvin Smith from Dalgety Bay steps up from the  J1000 Ecosse Challenge in a new car built by Graeme Mack. Charles 'Chuck' Blair from Dumfries also returns in his newly built C2 after a year off after swapping his old 205 for a C2. Graeme Sherry also comes back out to play after a year off as it will keep his Chevette clean and tidy.

 

Alex Pirie and Frazer Skene from Keith make the long journey south and start at number 85. Graeme Sherry from Gartcosh is co-driven by Richard Wardle from Pickering start at 92. Lanarks Ross Hughes is joined by Neil Ewing at 102. Gina Walker is re-united with Richard Simmonds at 103. Andy Struthers is joined by Grant McNiven as regular co-driver Ali McIlroy is out of the Country and they start at 104. Elvin Smith starts his first gravel event at 119 with a new co-driver.

 

Gina Walker is joined by Elvin Smith this year in the RSAC Scholarship which provides both Scholars with financial assistance and support for new drivers coming into the sport.

 

We have also drastically reduced our competitors registration fees allowing them to get some of the most competitive rallying at bargain prices.

 

As in past years the Ecosse Challenge is not about winning the SRC, it is a fun one make low cost championship where our competitors compete with each other in a controlled family environment.

 

BULLETIN ONE NOW UP ON THE LINKS PAGE

 

Congratulations to Elvin Smith from Dalgety Bay who was awarded the 2017 RSAC Scholarship at our recent open night. Garry Headridge and Jonathan Lord from RSAC Motorsport were impressed with Elvins thoughts and ideas on Rallying and were happy to offer Elvin £100 per event plus a free entry to May's Scottish Rally. Elvin joins Gina Walker who is now in her second year of her Scholarship and they are both looking forward to doing battle on the Border Counties Rally later in March.

 

Thanks to everyone who turned up at the Open Night, a great evening with plenty of chat on what was going to happen on this years EC.

 

We will be holding a get together on Saturday 4th March from 6-8pm. Location near the Kincardine Bridge and you will be able to collect your stickers and get to know other competitors. Unfortunately neither Willie Greig or DMACK are able to attend. The RSAC Scholarship winner will hopefully be selected as well. Main Street Motors Unit 15-16 Forthview Industrial Estate Low Valleyfield Dunfermline Fife KY12 8TL. Please let us know numbers for catering.

 

DMACK TYRES

Glenn Paterson from DMACK will be with the DMACK tyre lorry at the Border Counties. Please note that the tyres this year will be supplied and fitted by Mr Tyre.

 

For 2017 there are many changes and improvements for our competitors with the first being our title sponsor. We welcome Mick Harris of C2RALLYPARTS.CO.UK , Mick has been developing C2 rally parts over the past five years and has built more C2's than anyone I know so first class advice is always available. Mick also owns MH Motorsport who hires out and runs several R5's etc in the British Rally Championship.

 

This year DMACK will be providing our competitors with a substantial cost saving to last year's tyre prices with a tyre created especially to suit small front wheel drive cars with increased puncture resistance. At the end of the season DMACK will also be providing four free tyres to the first C2 who has used them on every event of the season.

 

Once again we will be giving out five free entries, one to the winning C2 on each event.

 

We are grateful for the six events we use who offer our competitors a saving of £50 per entry fee on each event saving them £300 for the season.

 

This year we are expecting about 10-12 cars to be out with several new faces joining last year's competitors. Elvin Smith from Dalgety Bay steps up from the Ecosse J1000 Challenge in a new car built by Graeme Mack. Charles 'Chuck' Blair from Dumfries also returns in his newly built C2 after a year off after swapping his old 205 for a C2.

 

We have also drastically reduced our competitors registration fees allowing them to get some of the most competitive rallying at bargain prices.

 

As in past years the Ecosse Challenge is not about winning the SRC, it is a fun one make low cost championship where our competitors compete with each other in a controlled family environment. 

 

We will be holding a get together on Saturday 4th March from 6pm. Location near the Kincardine Bridge and you will be able to collect your stickers and get to know other competitors. We are hoping to have DMACK tyres available to those who wish to pre-order them to save you time at the Border Counties.

 

2017 MSA APPROVAL NOW RECEIVED  AND OUR 2017 REGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE LINKS However due to the average number of entries, and the MSA's Rally Panel’s concern regarding the limited availability of the Citroen C2, a yellow card is issued. This means that if there are less than 10 cars registered at the closing date for the first round the Challenge may not be allowed to run.

For 2017 we will be reducing the cost of registration from £200 down to £50 for Drivers and for Co-drivers the registration will be reduced to £25.

We will also be opening up the car class so that VTR & GT models can take part, this should also help on the cost of donor parts as there will be more availability.

We are intending on having 5 from 6 events scoring with the Border Counties, Speyside, Grampian, Dunoon, Scottish & Galloway Hills.

£50 discount on all events.

2017 Event dates, get your B&B booked now!

18th March: Border Counties Rally, Jedburgh

22nd April: Speyside Stages Rally, Elgin

20th May: Scottish Rally, Dumfries

24th June: Argyll Stages Rally, Dunoon

12th August: Grampian Stages Rally, Aberdeenshire

9th September: Galloway Hills Rally, Castle Douglas

 

2016 C2 Ecosse Challenge Awards

 

Drivers

1st Driver: David Martin. + Barlow Quaich+ Safety Devices + £300 FROM C2MOTORSPORTPARTS.COM

2nd Driver: Ross Hughes + £200 FROM C2MOTORSPORTPARTS.COM

3rd Driver: Gina Walker + £100 FROM C2MOTORSPORTPARTS.COM

4th Driver: Alex Pirie

5th Driver: Andy Struthers

 

Co-Drivers

1st Co-Driver: Kirsten Dallas + Pemberton Shield

2nd Co-Driver: Alisdair McIlroy

 

Junior Drivers

1st: Gina Walker + RSAC Salver

2nd: Andy Struthers

 

As the C2 Ecosse Challenge rounds off its second year with the Citroen C2 what we lost in numbers was made up by quality of entries.  A fantastic evening was had at Aitken-Walker Car Sales with a great turnout and plenty of chat about what was happening next season.

 

Experienced Astra driver David Martin from Belford swapped his Astra for a C2 and was amazed by how little it cost him to do the season in the C2 compared to his previous Astra. David took 1st Overall Driver, the Barlow Quaich and won the Safety Devices trophy for Spirit of the Championship. David also received £300 in vouchers from the challenge sponsors C2MotorsportParts.com

 

Lanark's Ross Hughes took second overall on only his first season in the sport so it looks very good for him in the future. Ross took his time and played himself in for the long steady game. Ross also received £200 in vouchers from the challenge sponsors C2MotorsportParts.com. Ross's Co-Driver Kirsten Dallas  from Banchory took 1st Co-Driver winning the Pemberton Shield.

 

Our  lady driver Gina Walker took third overall in a car hired from co-ordinator Andrew Pemberton for her first season. Gina from Duns has experienced the highs and lows of rallying during the season and her times got quicker through the season.  Gina also won the RSAC Salver for being 1st Junior Driver. Gina was awarded the RSAC Scholarship for 2016 and found it very important in allowing her to complete the season with its help. Gina's mum Louise Aitken-Walker was on hand to provide advice from her past WRC experiences. Gina also received £100 in vouchers from the challenge sponsors C2MotorsportParts.com

 

Keith's Alex Pirie had a mixed season but after a bad roll on the Speyside and the pressure of work meant he missed a few rounds and ended up in fourth place. Alex has since purchased his hire car from Andrew Pemberton and intends to have a serious go in 2017.

 

RSAC Scholarship driver Andy Struthers from Libberton suffered a bad roll on the opening round the Border Counties and a series of mechanical faults slowed his times through the season until the final round the Galloway Hills which he won.

 

As the season draws to a close and I sit looking at all the trophies and past winners it is amazing to see that almost half of the younger drivers in the top 10 of the SRC started out in the Ecosse Challenge, onwards and upwards. Look at what next year holds at: www.ecossechallenge.co.uk and you could also be a winner.

 

2017 RSAC Motorsport Scholarship  

Please see our links page to download forms and regulations.

New Talent Scholarship RSAC Motorsport, the promoters of the Ecosse Challenge are pleased to

announce the continuation of their scholarship scheme for 2017.

If you are; under 23 years old; in your first or second year of stage rallying; and competing in the Ecosse Challenge. Then the RSAC Motorsport New Talent Scholarship is for you!

This is your chance to get:

£100 for each round of the 2017 Ecosse Challenge entered

Free entry to the 2017 RSAC Scottish Rally and media stage

And the possibility of the same support again in 2018!

Why not join a long list of previous Scholars and enter this fantastic award. This is for another driver to join our current driver and RSAC Scholar Gina Walker to benefit from the Scholarship.

 

2016 is over all bar the prize giving which this year will be held in Duns courtesy of Aitken-Walker Car Sales on Tuesday 22nd November at 7.30pm, all are welcome to attend. Several important announcements will also be made about 2017

 

2017. We have receceived our Notice of Intent form back from the MSA so next year won't be far round the corner. We dont expect any changes to our Regulations and we intend to use six SRC rounds once again. The cost of registering will be reduced to £100 which should allow you to pay for the new tracking devices that the MSA require to be fitted to all cars next year.

 

 

Leuchars event on 22.10 We have been asked if we would like to join the Juniors at a new event at Leuchars on the 22nd October. this is one of the events we are considering making one of our rounds next year so it would be a good chance to see what the event is like, entries will be available soon and I will put the link up when I get it.

 

Regs are now out for the Grampian Stages, looks a nice compact route starting at Crathes Castle. I wonder what the regular vistors will make of 100 rally cars. Kirsten is no longer based at Crathes as she is now working on St Kilda.

 

Customer Survey. Thanks to all who completed the survey and confirmed that we were on the right track for next season. If you have not completed the survey and wish to do so please drop me an email.

 

New C2 Builds are under way and we look forward to Elfin and Chuck being out on the Galloway Hills. Interest has been strong following the articles in the Scottish Rally programme and the new Scottish Motorsports Magazine, Bob is keen for us to have a regular page so let me know what you are up to so you (and your sponsors) can see your name in lights.

 

If you would like any EC jackets for the rest of your team please let me know. They cost £28 and I can bring them up with me.

 

Stephens report and the Points tables after the Scottish Rally are now up.

 

BULLETIN ONE

Bulletin 1 (Tyres) is now up on the link page.

 

Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally

Final instructions will soon be up at: www.bordercountiesrally.co.uk. Remember you need to register for the Challenge to get the discounted entry fee. It is looking like we will have five C2's out, all in the modified class. This is due to build problems and things taking longer than expected. Our new pull-ups are ready and the jackets should be here in time for you to get at signing on. The EC van is almost ready and just needs stocking before its trip to Jedburgh. Stickers and paperwork have been sent out to all registered drivers and we look forward to seeing you all at signing on.

 

AGM NEWS

Following our recent AGM we wish to inform all prospective competitors this year of some great news.

 

After testing by several drivers we will be using Dunlop tyres as our control tyre this year, it gave better grip and stability to the Hankooks and Andrew Wood has arranged sponsorship to allow you to use Dunlops for a similar price to the Hankooks.

 

If we get TEN cars registered by the Border Counties we will double the intended five free event entry fees to TEN FREE EVENT ENTRY FEES, so get your registration in ASAP.

 

Wayne Bale from C2MotorsportParts.com joins us again this year and we are very grateful for his sponsorship of £1000 given in vouchers.

 

Registration forms are now up on our links page and if you register before the 4th Feb or at the GoRally evening you will enter a draw to win a 1:14 R/C Lamborgini Aventador. Stephen & I will be there and Andy Struthers will also have his car on display on our stand so come along and say hello.

 

All registered competitors (Driver & Co-Driver) will receive a Ecosse Challenge Jacket free of charge.

 

All the events we use have confirmed that you will get £50 off your entry fee.

 

The Ecosse Challenge Support Van is currently in build at the moment (complete with Richards snooker table) and will be attending all the events. This will allow Stephen the comfort of doing interviews and points tables etc. in comfort.

 

2016 RSAC Motorsport Scholarship  

Please see our links page to download forms and regulations.

New Talent Scholarship RSAC Motorsport, the promoters of the Ecosse Challenge are pleased to

announce the continuation of their scholarship scheme for 2016.

If you are; under 23 years old; in your first or second year of stage rallying; and competing in the Ecosse Challenge. Then the RSAC Motorsport New Talent Scholarship is for you!

This is your chance to get:

£100 for each round of the 2016 Ecosse Challenge entered

Free entry to the 2016 RSAC Scottish Rally and media stage

And the possibility of the same support again in 2017!

Why not join a long list of previous Scholars and enter this fantastic award. This is for another driver to join our current driver and RSAC Scholar Andy Struthers to benefit from the Scholarship.

 

 

2016 REGULATIONS NOW UP ON OUR FRONT PAGE.

 

Wishing all Ecosse Challenge crews past and present all the best this Christmas. Plans are going well for 2016 and we hope to see you all out again next year. Thanks to Wayne at  c2motorsportparts.co.uk, everyone on the Organising Committee, RSAC Motorsport and Andrew Wood Motorsport for the Hankook tyre sponsorship. If you are building a C2 and want to know how to avoid build problems please ask us

 

 

 

 

 

elvin