The Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally 2017 is approaching fast and the organising committee are busy polishing the arrows and preparing the trophies for what is shaping up to be an exciting competition. The course builders have been spending countless hours down at Forrest Estate planning the stages, and Campbell has had his abacus out fine tuning the time schedule. There are a few tweaks to this year’s event, building on the feedback from previous years. This sees the same start and finish times as last year (allowing for more tinkering time on Sunday morning), and this year we will be splitting the night stage, so that you get three stages in the dark (over a similar distance) which will help us keep the night-time entertainment running smoothly, whilst still giving competitors the chance to pit their wits against the Scottish Forests in the dark.
We appreciate that there has been plenty of discussion about our decision to reduce the maximum entry for the event. This was taken to make sure everyone had a fair size of service space within the limited area of the service park. Unfortunately with fewer multiple vehicle teams entered we knew this would be under pressure. We have, however, been discussing this with the Estate and there is a possibility that we might be able to secure slightly more service space. The big question for us is – do we need it this year? With the usual mechanical gremlins starting to come out of the woodwork we do now have two entries available for the Borders, and plenty of space on the reserve list. In previous years we have regularly seen reserves become entries so if you are keen to enter, but thought you had missed out there are two places immediately available, and space on the reserve list to be first in the queue if anyone else is thwarted by a dicky gearbox or dodgy sump. We will keep reviewing the numbers, and this will allow us, and the estate, to see what might be done to increase capacity in the future.
In separate news the club has been continuing its preparations to relaunch the Scottish “Perthshire” Hill Rally, with a return to full scale, multi-venue hill rallying over the spectacular Scottish hillsides in the heart of Scotland. We have a number of venues part way through planning, and are confident that this is shaping up to rekindle the excitement of the past – did you survive the Legend? With the passing of the seasons we will not be quite ready to host this prestigious event in 2018 but the Perthshire will return in July 2019 and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Glens then.
Posted in Borders, Events, Perthshire.
You have an off-roader (or not), you find motorsport fun, you enjoy competing, or marshalling, or both?
Marshalling or competing in an event can be incredibly rewarding but have you thought about becoming even more involved? There are all sorts of ways you can get more involved in shaping the events and being part of the build up to, and the power behind the event. Planning starts with the design of the course, and there is a lot of skill that the Course Designers use to create a fast flowing but challenging event that gives the different types of vehicle a fun, fast, but occasionally tricky, event. They then have to create the Stage Maps. At the same time Supplementary Regulations have to be written so that competitors know that there will be an event, and how it will run, and give them the confidence that it will be a fair and exciting competition for them to pay money and enter! With that information the Chief Safety Officer starts planning medical cover, rescue unit(s), and recovery, and creates the plans to keep the event running safely, alongside the Chief Marshal who works out how many marshals are needed, and can set about recruiting them.
Underpinning all of this the Entries Secretary looks after recruiting competitors, and the Secretary of the Meeting is kept busy making sure that all of the permits, paperwork, information and records are in place to run the event successfully, and are retained afterwards. Together these two roles are the linchpin that holds everything else together, and ensures that the monies balance at the end of the event!
For some events the Time Schedule needs to be developed and if you enjoy juggling logistics this can be a frustrating and incredibly satisfying task which is so important in creating a good flowing event. This then comes to life with the Road Book which tells competitors where to go and when. Both of these need to be designed, drafted and then double checked!
During the event the Chief Timekeeper comes into their own, making sure that we have the right, calibrated clocks, correctly installed, with beams, lights etc, working and ready to go – and that they keep going all weekend feeding information to the Results Officer. Results are crucial to the success of an event – if the competitors don’t know who has won it is much less fun! If you enjoy detective puzzles this can often be quite rewarding! Co-ordinating all the action on the day is the Radio Controller, who links all of the marshals through to HQ, and is first to hear about any issues – and try to sort them out. Let us also not forget the Scrutineers, who check that all vehicles are safe, and comply with the regulations.
Sitting behind all of this is the Clerk of the Course. The CoC is the final decision maker to keep the event running smoothly – supported by each of the roles above they need to keep the event running within the regulations, safely, and act as the final arbitrator on any disputes. They are supported by Club Stewards (and at larger events an MSA Steward) who tend to be experience senior members of the club who can offer advice and occasionally hear the odd appeal.
Behind the scenes there are usually people who seek out Sponsorship support, and also look after Communications with volunteers, competitors and the public, including the media. There is the ever important role of Social Secretary to lead the planning of the social aspects of large events, or just the occasional get together to add to the fun for all concerned.
There is something for everyone here, and finding people to take on these roles, learn about them from the current incumbents, and then start stamping their own mark on the events is crucial to the long term future of our sport. All of the people currently performing these roles are busy folk, and with the plans developing for a second, multivenue, Hill Rally in 2018 the need for new enthusiasts has never been greater. So if you fancy getting involved – or have brilliant ideas for how to make the events even better – please talk to one of the people currently doing the job, or contact secretary (at) scottish-hillrally.co.uk
Posted in Events.
|1st overall||11||Chris HAMMOND/Amanda GARRATLEY||F||Milner R5||02:36:12|
|2nd overall||34||Ashley SHORT/Ste ALMOND||F||TP4x4 Focus||02:44:59|
|3rd overall||15||Mike MORAN/Claire WOOD||K||AT4x4 Challenger||02:45:50|
|Class A (Standard Production, Petrol)||No eligable finisher|
|Class B (Standard Production, Diesel)||No eligable finisher|
|Class C (Modified Production, Petrol)||No eligable finisher|
|Class D (Modified Production, Diesel)||22||Phill BAYLISS/Lance MURFIN||D||Land Rover 90||03:03:23|
|Class F (Prototypes, engines up to 3,600cc)||27||Karl GUDGEON/Peter KING||F||GSR Evo X||02:45:57|
|Class G (Prototypes, engines over 3,600cc)||51||Robert SIMMONITE/Tony CLARKE||G||Simmbughini||02:46:48|
|Class K (Prototypes, Diesel engine – any size)||25||Andrew CHESTER/Matthew LISTER||K||Bowler Wildcat 200||03:19:41|
|Class L (2-wheel drives)||No eligable finisher|
|Spirit of the Rally||Johnny Drysdale|
|Best Novice Crew||47||Scott WHITMORE/Steve MATHEWS||F||Tomcat 88||02:55:58|
|QT Award: Best Wildcat 200||4||Ian CARSON/Gareth CARRUTHERS||G||Best Wildcat 200||02:53:24|
|The Ray Kempster Award: Highest placed Mixed Crew||11||Chris HAMMOND/Amanda GARRATLEY||F||Milner R5||02:36:12|
|1||11||Chris Hammond||Amanda Garratley||Milner R5||F||2:24:50|
|2||34||Ashley Short||Ste Almond||TP4x4 Focus||F||2:32:09||0:07:19||0:07:19|
|3||15||Mike Moran||Claire Wood||AT4x4 Challenger||K||2:33:31||0:01:22||0:08:41|
|4||27||Karl Gudgeon||Peter King||GSR Evo X||F||2:34:09||0:00:38||0:09:19|
|5||51||Robert Simmonite||Tony Clarke||Simmbughini||G||2:35:04||0:00:55||0:10:14|
|6||14||Martin Cox||Pauline Carson||Tornado Evo 1||F||2:38:26||0:03:22||0:13:36|
|7||31||Toby Jefferson||Geoff Barlow||GSR 206||F||2:39:48||0:01:22||0:14:58|
|8||18||Ben Duckworth||Howard Belt||Rally Raid Desert Warrior||G||2:40:18||0:00:30||0:15:28|
|9||41||Richard Squires||Andrew Gould||Bowler Wildcat 100||G||2:40:24||0:00:06||0:15:34|
|10||4||Ian Carson||Gareth Carruthers||Bowler Wildcat 200||G||2:40:54||0:00:30||0:16:04|
|11||47||Scott Whitmore||Steve Mathews||Tomcat 88″||G||2:43:37||0:02:43||0:18:47|
|12||9||Paul Aynsley||Stu Howe||LR Tomcat 88″||G||2:44:23||0:00:46||0:19:33|
|13||8||David Bartlett||Alan Agnew||Tomcat 100||G||2:45:39||0:01:16||0:20:49|
|14||26||Paul Myers||Matt Morgan||LR 100||G||2:49:26||0:03:47||0:24:36|
|15||22||Phill Bayliss||Lance Murfin||LR 90||D||2:50:38||0:01:12||0:25:48|
|16||39||Chris Cuming||Kevin Hoare||QT Land Rover||G||2:51:27||0:00:49||0:26:37|
|17||35||Anthony Jones||Paul Dunn||3ms 206||G||2:52:39||0:01:12||0:27:49|
|18||12||Colin Stevenson||Pauline Stevenson||Simmbuggini||G||2:52:55||0:00:16||0:28:05|
|19||28||Euron Williams||Martin Roberts||Bowler Wildcat 100||G||2:53:00||0:00:05||0:28:10|
|20||21||Keith Wylde||Andrew Jenner||Bowler Wildcat 100||G||2:55:13||0:02:13||0:30:23|
|21||19||Martyn Smith||Hannah Reid||LR Tomcat 88″||G||2:55:13||0:30:23|
|22||25||Andrew Chester||Matthew Lister||Bowler Wildcat 200||K||3:00:59||0:05:46||0:36:09|
|23||49||Tom Hipkiss||Rich Hipkiss||Tomcat 100||G||3:04:12||0:03:13||0:39:22|
|24||30||Robin Vance||Glen Robinson||Bowler Wildcat 100||K||3:07:45||0:03:33||0:42:55|
|25||46||Fraser Parish||Andrew Smallridge||QT 88||F||3:19:49||0:12:04||0:54:59|
|26||36||Anthony Jackson||Graham Jackson||Tomcat 100″||G||3:24:43||0:04:54||0:59:53|
|27||10||Hefin Owen||Gwyn Morris||3M Challenger||F||3:32:46||0:08:03||1:07:56|
|28||48||Simon Cooper||Sean Wallet||LR 90||D||3:40:40||0:07:54||1:15:50|
|29||16||Niall Meehan||Wallace McKay||Bowler Tomcat||G||3:42:57||0:02:17||1:18:07|
|30||45||John Walters||Lisa Walters||LR 90||G||3:50:20||0:07:23||1:25:30|
|31||17||Peter Baird||Niall Thomson||Bowler 100||G||3:57:01||0:06:41||1:32:11|
|32||44||Warren Roper||Ken Andrews||LR Series 1 88″||G||4:09:48||0:12:47||1:44:58|
|33||52||Charlie Norman||Oliver Kinnell||Tomcat Special||G||4:25:45||0:15:57||2:00:55|
|34||50||Geoff Hind||Donald Fraser||LR 90||G||4:47:59||0:22:14||2:23:09|
|35||5||Robin Rymell||Nathan Rymell||Peugeot 306||G||5:12:31||0:24:32||2:47:41|
Full results at http://www.nersresults.co.uk/html/2010/sb_hillrally/index.html
Posted in Borders, Events, Results.
Results from Borders 2009 – the first year we went to Forrest Estate!
|Pos. O/A||No.||Driver||Co-driver||Car||Class||Total||Diff. from|
|1||1||Richard Kershaw||Graham Broadbent||GSR Evo 9||G||02:20:24|
|2||2||Dan Lofthouse||Jonny Koonja||Lofthouse Proto||G||02:21:28||00:01:04||00:01:04|
|3||3||Tim Dilworth||Anthony Brinkman||Peugeot 206 Sti||F||02:25:45||00:04:17||00:05:21|
|4||9||Carl Duffield||Warren Anderson||AWD Proto 4×4||K||02:32:58||00:07:13||00:12:34|
|5||32||Ollie Lloyd||Amy McInnon||Tomcat “Primrose”||G||02:38:22||00:05:24||00:17:58|
|6||26||Johnnie Drysdale||Stuart McLaren||LR 110||C||02:40:38||00:02:16||00:20:14|
|7||18||Ian Carson||Gareth Carruthers||Bowler Wildcat 200||G||02:44:03||00:03:25||00:23:39|
|8||7||Robin Rymell||Nathan Rymell||Peugeot 306||G||02:44:54||00:00:51||00:24:30|
|9||28||Martin Conboy||Michael Harulow||Tornado Land Rover||K||02:45:26||00:00:32||00:25:02|
|10||36||Paul Williams||Simon Kerfoot||AT 4×4||K||02:46:53||00:01:27||00:26:29|
|11||24||Paul Aynsley||Charlie Alder||LR Tomcat 88″||G||02:46:54||00:00:01||00:26:30|
|12||34||Hefin Owen||Gwyn Morris||3M Challenger||F||02:48:09||00:01:15||00:27:45|
|13||19||Colin Stevenson||Pauline Stevenson||Simmbuggini||G||02:48:26||00:00:17||00:28:02|
|14||16||Martin Cox||Mark Garner||Tornado Evo 1||F||02:48:49||00:00:23||00:28:25|
|15||37||Niall Meehan||Wallace McKay||Bowler Tomcat||G||02:49:18||00:00:29||00:28:54|
|16||40||Ben Duckworth||Howard Belt||Rally Raid Desert Warrior||G||02:49:49||00:00:31||00:29:25|
|17||30||Martyn Smith||Hannah Reid||LR Tomcat 88″||G||02:51:34||00:01:45||00:31:10|
|18||29||Tony Rae||Duncan Hopkins||Bowler 88″||G||02:53:50||00:02:16||00:33:26|
|19||27||Iain Lawrie||Jim Douglas||LR Tomcat 88″||G||03:01:12||00:07:22||00:40:48|
|20||14||Henry Webster||Joel Haylock||LR Discovery||C||03:03:20||00:02:08||00:42:56|
|21||42||Keith Wylde||Andrew Jenner||Bowler Wildcat 100||G||03:04:00||00:00:40||00:43:36|
|22||44||Phill Bayliss||Lance Murfin||LR Discovery||D||03:06:31||00:02:31||00:46:07|
|23||21||Kevin Groos||Tim Chadbourne||Mattserati||G||03:11:53||00:05:22||00:51:29|
|24||33||Simon Roberts||Mike Hemmingway||LR Tomcat 88″||G||03:12:20||00:00:27||00:51:56|
|25||31||Stu Howe||Ian Cupples||Bowler 88″||G||03:15:45||00:03:25||00:55:21|
|26||38||Andrew Chester||Matthew Lister||Bowler Wildcat 200||K||03:21:35||00:05:50||01:01:11|
|27||45||Wayne Wells||Sam Wells||LR 80||K||03:27:56||00:06:21||01:07:32|
|28||22||Robin Parkinson||Joss Lovie||Mattserati C4||F||03:40:17||00:12:21||01:19:53|
|29||23||Paul Myers||Matt Morgan||LR 100||F||03:41:37||00:01:20||01:21:13|
|30||20||Paul Garner||Giles Tinkler||Mattserati||K||03:42:47||00:01:10||01:22:23|
|31||25||Michael Hannak||Dave Billings||Tornado 2||K||03:45:01||00:02:14||01:24:37|
|32||35||Euron Williams||Martin Roberts||Bowler Wildcat 100||G||03:48:10||00:03:09||01:27:46|
|33||41||Mike Bain||Wil Aitken||Bowler Wildcat||G||04:00:15||00:12:05||01:39:51|
Posted in Borders, Events, Results.
|1st Overall||Dan Lofthouse/ Jonny Koonja|
|2nd Overall||David Barlett/ Alan Agnew|
|3rd Overall||Robin Rymell/ Nathan Rymell|
|1st Class A||Robin Parkinson/Joss Lovie|
|1st Class B||Selwyn Kendrick/ Dave Lucas|
|1st Class C||Henry Webster/ Joel Haylock|
|1st Class D||Steve Chambers/ Brian Mckay|
|1st Class G||Paul Aynsley/ Martyn Smith|
|1st Class K||Alan Crow/ Philip Jeffress|
|Best Novice Crew||Stu Howe/ Ian Cupples|
|David Simmonite Spirit Of The Rally||Campbell Sharp|
Posted in Events, Perthshire, Results.
The year of snow and ice in Kershop Forest!
|1st||Ray and Yvonne Kemspter|
|2nd||Matt Lee and Martin Gould|
|3rd||David Johnston and Tim Hamelton|
|Class G||1st||Paul Aynsley and Martin Smith|
|2nd||Ian lawrie and Guy Hallie|
|Class K||1st||Mike Jones and Cat Ratter|
|2nd||Selwyn Kendrick and Andy Flynn|
|Class H||1st||Niall Meehan and Andrew Emerson|
|2nd||Peter Baird and Gordon Thomson|
|Class D||1st||Henry Webster and Joel Haycock|
|2nd||Kris Anderson and Niall Thomson|
|Class F||1st||Robin Rymell and Nathan Rymell|
|Spirit of the Rally||Iain Stuart, (ground set-up team leader at all Scottish Hill Rallies)|
|Mixed Crew award||Mike Jones and Cat Ratter|
|Rookie Team||Kris Anderson and Niall Thomson|
Results by Peter Sykes
Posted in Borders, Events, Results.
|MAXTRACTION WILDCAT 200||H||1||2:40:00||2:40:00||**:**
|BOWLER WILDCAT 200||H||2||2:47:37||2:47:37||+7:37
|MAXTRACTION TOMCAT 100||G||3||3:02:43||1:00||3:03:43||+23:43
|BOWLER WILDCAT 100||H||3||3:05:13||3:05:13||+25:13
|BOWLER WILDCAT 100||H||4||3:10:43||1:00||3:11:43||+31:43
|LAND ROVER DISCOVERY||D||1||3:11:49||3:11:49||+31:49
|SUGBUG MK 1||G||7||3:19:36||3:19:36||+39:36
|14||21||ALFRED VAN GELDER
|LAND ROVER DISCOVERY||D||2||3:21:16||3:21:16||+41:16
|LAND ROVER 110||G||10||3:23:30||3:23:30||+43:30
|LAND ROVER 88||C||1||3:30:30||3:30:30||+50:30
|LAND ROVER 90||D||3||3:37:41||3:37:41||+57:41
|LAND ROVER SERIES 1||C||2||3:56:24||2:00||3:58:24||+1:18:24
|LAND ROVER 88 SPECIAL||F||2||4:01:33||4:01:33||+1:21:33
|LAND ROVER DEFENDER||F||3||3:52:43||30:00||4:22:43||+1:42:43
Results by Flying Finish.
Posted in Events, Perthshire, Results.
|O/A||Class||from prev||from 1st|
|1||1||1||Andrew Davis||Mark Egginton||Bowler Wildcat||H||147:25|
|2||2||8||Brent Taylor||Jeremy Fearn||Bowler Wildcat||H||152:07||4:42||4:42|
|3||3||5||Raymond Kempster||Yvonne Kempster||Warrior Classic||H||154:59||2:52||7:34|
|4||4||2||Russell Ridley||Andrew West||TMC Animal||H||155:42||0:43||8:17|
|5||5||10||David Johnston||Tim Hamilton||Bowler Wildcat||H||158:06||2:24||10:41|
|6||6||21||Mark Andrews||Ashley Cooper||3M Spec Challenger||H||159:19||1:13||11:54|
|7||7||3||Peter Rowe||Quentin Wright||Land Rover||H||162:49||3:30||15:24|
|8||8||23||Roland Lytton||Gwen Adair||Mitsubishi Special||H||164:15||1:26||16:50|
|9||1||12||John Cockburn||Paul Brown||Tomcat 88″||G||172:27||8:12||25:02|
|10||2||18||Bob Webster||Rupert Hine||Land Rover 90||G||174:02||1:35||26:37|
|11||3||20||Ian Lawrie||Mario Xuereb||Land Rover Spacefr||G||181:27||7:25||34:02|
|12||9||15||Robin Vance||David Carruthers||Bowler Tomcat||H||183:27||2:00||36:02|
|13||1||14||Peter Dixon||Stephen Medler||Simmbugghini||F||188:32||5:05||41:07|
|14||2||19||Scott Walker||Paul Richardson||Land Rover 88″||F||188:40||0:08||41:15|
|15||1||27||Peter Baird||Kris Anderson||Land Rover 90||D||193:29||4:49||46:04|
|16||2||34||James Millar||Colin Ross||Land Rover 90||D||211:42||18:13||64:17|
|17||3||22||Adrian Longstaff||Helen Longstaff||Land Rover Freer||F||211:58||0:16||64:33|
|18||10||6||Julian Mendelsohn||Barry Green||Bowler Wildcat||H||213:55||1:57||66:30|
|19||1||35||Colin Cowley||Andy Mowatt||Daihatsu Sportrak||A||215:49||1:54||68:24|
|20||4||24||David Bartlett||John O’Mara||Bowler 88″||G||225:55||10:06||78:30|
|21||4||38||Rowland Marlow||Sarah Tomley||Land Rover 100″||F||244:25||18:30||97:00|
|22||3||32||Jim Tonge||George Bream||Land Rover 90 CSW||D||253:25||9:00||106:00|
|23||1||30||Adrian Loxam||Katy Mashiter||Land Rover Truckca||C||256:24||2:59||108:59|
Results by Flying Finish
Posted in Events, Perthshire, Results.
A Hill Rally is a “Multi-Stage Rally” for Cross Country vehicles.
In essence, this means that the competitors drive a number of different stages, in a defined order, with set times to cover the non-competitive sections (the drive between the stages, and service)
A Hill Rally, like any other Special Stage Rally, is made up of three types of “event” for the competitors:
- Special Stages are the actual competition: the bit where you drive as fast as you can, the bit where the drivers skill is paramount
- Road Sections are the bits of road/track/route that you are guided along to travel from one Special Stage to the next
- Service is when you can fix the car, and service time is limited… so don’t go damaging things too much!
At the end of the day, the competitor who manages to complete all the Special Stages in the fastest time wins the event.
How does a Hill Rally differ from a Comp Safari?
In a comp, the drivers are allowed to “walk the course”, to have a look at what they’re going to race over, and muse on the lines available.
In a comp, the drivers drive the same course time and again…. getting to learn the route, and to try different lines.
In a comp, the teams have time to fix problems: service time is as long as they need, limited only by the time required to get runs in.
None of this applies to Hill Rallies: no sight of the route before you set off; nothing to help you pace the car; at best, one repeat of a stage; and limited service time between stages
Hill Rallies are about preparedness, about endurance, and about your skill in reading the ground ahead.
Posted in Events, FAQ.