Kirriemuir electrician Craig Wallace competed in two major events recently but his efforts were hampered by technical difficulties.
Running in the Mitsubishi Evo9 with Jim Sharp of Stranraer in the National Rally, this was the third round of the REIS British Asphalt Championship which took take care of Friday and Saturday in the Borders.
As Craig’s regular Driver in ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship was not available for the Jim Clark Reivers Rally on the Sunday an alternative seat was easily sourced.
Craig explains; “For over a year I had heard a lot about the HS Chevette being rebuilt to historic specification by Colin Aitchison. Colin, or “Hacker” to his friends had campaigned the car for many years and had set about a full rebuild some time ago. Hacker being a Duns boy the pressure was on to have the car finished in time to drive over the Start Ramp in front of a very partisan home crowd.”
The three stages on Friday went well enough, with solid runs through the spectator stage in Duns, followed by Abbey and Tweedside. There were another 13 stages to go but the team experienced a fuel pump problem. The first two runs through Bothwell on the Sunday were great fun and Craig and Hacker were well up the leader board and going well. However, the car experienced overheating issues and the car just didn’t have enough electrical power for the fans. So the decision was to withdraw and avoid any damage to the recently built engine.
Craig said: “Although disappointing not to finish, this was an awesome days motorsport, rear wheel drive and bags of power equals fun. A great day out.” His next event is the Scottish Rally in Dumfries (a counter in the ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship with Craig McMiken.