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Rally Time Trials


Scottish Association RTT Championship 2017


The championship consists of four Rally Time Trials, each round run on a gravel special stage, and open to drivers with National B or above Special Stage licences, in log-booked stage rally cars.
No navigators or passengers are allowed (which keeps the insurance cost down) but cars may be double entered.

Date Event Location Organisers
25 March Fishnish, Mull Mull Car Club
6 May Fort Augustus *Cancelled*
Highland Car Club
22 July Drumtochty Forest Stonehaven & DMC
16 September Skeabost, Isle of Skye Skye Rally Club


Event Contacts:

Mull CC. John Clayton 01680 300302 / 07776 002309 / John@killiemor.co.uk
Highland CC Andy Straube 07748 800963 / andy.straube@btinternet.com
Stonehaven & DMC Gerry Potter 01651-806862 / potterg@gight.org.uk
Skye Rally Club John MacLeod 07919533392 / w33jml@hotmail.co.uk


Drivers and Entrant/Drivers must be fully paid up, valid membership card holding members of at least one club affiliated to the Scottish Association of Car Clubs, and be in possession of a valid MSA Stage Rally National 'B' or above, licence.

Registration for the championship is free.

Championship Regulations and Registration Forms are in the downloads section below.

Fort Augustus Cancelled

Stravaigers Lodge Gravel Sprint 2017   

It is with great regret that Highland Car Club’s planned Rally Time Trial at Fort Augustus on Saturday 6th May has been CANCELLED. 

Despite months of planning the club has been unable to secure the necessary Land Reform Act suspension in time, and therefore we are unable to obtain MSA insurance and authorisation. Without these in place the Forestry Commission cannot permit access to Inchnacardoch. Entry fees already paid will of course be refunded in full. 

It goes without saying that this is a bitter blow, and we apologise sincerely to all who were looking forward to the event, particularly in view of the fact that this would have been our return to Fort Augustus after a year’s absence. 

Entries were reasonably strong at 21 competitors, and main sponsor Reay MacKay had arranged his usual after-rally party at Stravaigers Lodge which has also been cancelled. It is unlikely that the 2017 event can be re-arranged for an alternative date, so we now need to look to 2018 instead. 

Thank you all for your support and interest in the event and we apologise for the inconvenience which is out with our control. 

Andy Straube 

CLERK OF COURSE

27th April 2017

Fishnish RTT, Mull, 25 March 2017 

Hi all - just back from holidays. I've put down my schooner of Tooheys and returned my flip flops to the cupboard for another year.

So, back to business! I've just put a copy of the Mull results in the files section in case you've not seen them elsewhere, as well as a copy of the championship standings after round 1.

Our championship leader is Allan Mathieson, with Reay Mackay in second and reigning champ Paddy Munro just behind in third. Remember, the championship uses class correction / handicapping to equalise the advantage of bigger cars. This is basically to let a well-driven small car compete with expensive stuff. The handicappings were revised for this year, and I think with a wee Crossflow escort leading a Focus WRC leading a Pinto Escort (covered by about 1.5 seconds) we've got the numbers just about correct!

Anyway, well done all competitors, and thanks to all marshals. I understand there were a few sore heads after the Car Club do! Hopefully there will be a repeat performance after the Stravaigers Lodge bash in May! Get your entries in!

Oh, and If anyone got any photos from the day please send them in.


Roy Kemp 17/4/2017


Results and Championship Points can be found in the Downloads section below.

RTT Downloads 


Scottish Association RTT Championship 2016




DateEvent LocationOrganisers
12 MarchFishnish, MullMull Car Club
22 MayFort AugustusHighland Car Club
16 July Drumtochty ForestStonehaven DMC
17 SeptemberIsle of SkyeSkye Rally Club



Standings after the Final Round on Skye

The final round in the championship was held in Skeabost Forest on the Isle of Skye and had 22 entries.  Running in the opposite direction from last year was well received and made the event safer.

Final Standings

Overall 

First         Paddy Munro 83 points                                                

Second     Liam Wood 59 points                                                

Third  Kenny Finlayson 49 poiints

Class 1  Mairi Ross 14 points   

Class 2  Billy Falconer  12 points     

Class 3 Kenny Finlayson  12 points

Class 4  Liam wood  17 points  

Class 5  Kevin Ronaldson ,Sandy Mackenzie and Scott Kerr each 8 points

Class 6 Steven Ronaldson  16 points

The full details are available in the Championship tables in Downloads.

As inspection of the full results table will reveal very few of the competitors competed on more than 2 rounds, a lot only did one round which is why there are several multi-way ties in the Class classifications. It is hoped that the return of HCC’s Fort Augustus RTT next May will encourage a bit more interchange between the events.

 

Gerry Potter  -  Championship Co-Ordinator

2015 SACC RTT Championship Review

The Highs and Lows or Roy Kemp's Championship Year

“I‘m not going to tear a strip off you at this exact moment, but you can be guaranteed that I‘ll be bringing it up in the future, and probably using it as some kind of bargaining chip” said the look on Tegan‘s face as I confessed I‘d bought my second competition car in the space of forty-eight hours. This was my brilliant way of finally killing off my 2010 – 2014 ‘year out’ from motorsport. Having a few jars too many, firing up the internet machine and buying £500 worth of Dutton Autotest car was one thing. Throwing another three grand at an Ecosse-spec Peugeot 205GTi a day or so later was quite another. They may not sound like big numbers, but still potential dynamite in the ears of a pregnant woman, especially given my efforts to curtain her spending on unnecessarily fancy baby stuff to that point. Eek.

 

But that‘s all by the by. I‘d been planning to have a crack at the RTT championship for a while, albeit hiring Roy Maclennan‘s 205, as I‘d done on the 2014 Granite City and SDMC RTT. Both had gone quite well and fixing the side effects of my efforts hadn‘t quite sent Roy over the edge. The news that rallying had put an end to reverse seeding, however, did. So, about two days before the first round on Mull, I‘m accepting Roy‘s kind first refusal on a rally car plus a good few seasons worth of accumulated spares. A no brainer, really. At least now I could just expect to be ruthlessly mocked for bringing it back a different shape, as opposed to getting a 205 driveshaft round the head.

 

So why the RTT championship? Basically, I‘d come up with a cash figure that I could realistically spend on a year‘s motorsport while still keeping the wife and building society on side. A few sums later it looked like either one stage rally and a good lash-up afterwards, the RTT championship or a couple of arrive-and-drive deals in the Scottish Minis or similar. Obviously, gravel beats tar hands-down, and it‘s better to have a year worth of sport than a one-off event. Plus, being a navigator who‘s still just dipping his toe in the driving water, the format of the RTTs appealed to me. Do something daft early on and it‘s no big deal – you get recovered and continue, so long as the car‘s ok. Go off early enough in a stage rally and usually you‘re back in the bar before they‘re even allowed to serve alcohol. Plus, multiple goes at a single stage gives a novice like me a better opportunity to explore their own limits as well as those of the car. Not to mention there‘s not a fraction of the general bother of a stage rally in an RTT. No mental arithmetic errors get you penalised and ruin your result. You don‘t go OTL if you have a car problem to sort, you get fixed and get back out for as many of your runs as you can. And nobody‘s going to protest you for letting your car roll backwards a foot within distance of a time control. No bulls**t, just jump in and drive. Perfect.

 

Making my budget numbers look even better was getting Pete at Stark Motorsport on board. Instead of getting an old beater of a van of 4x4 for a tow hack or hiring one for each round, Pete gave me a very reasonable rate (you can call him for a quote!) to transport and service the car on each event, as well as most likely get roped in to kick the occasional tyre between rounds. Multiple birds taken out with one stone, and no small ask considering that most of the rounds aren‘t exactly local. 

 

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 Alan Scott Photography 

Round 1 - March 28th, Glengorm Castle RTT, Isle of Mull
Mull Car Club

 

So, with the metaphoric ink still wet on the not-yet-returned V5C, off to the west we went. There had been a few last minute things to sort with the car, but it was just about in fit state to go play. Although with my follicle issues we couldn‘t find a fine tooth comb anywhere in the shed, let alone run one over the car. So the goal was to try to have a good days sport, try not to break anything, and put a bit more effort into the prep for the next round. But having said that, going, stopping and steering were all fine, so no reason to pussyfoot around either.

 

The Mull round was unique in that everyone got an untimed recce run through the stage as well as the opportunity to walk the course. I did both and I‘m glad I did.  Run in the grounds of a private castle estate, it‘s half farm track, half forest stage. And it‘s tight and narrow with lots of blind corners and crests, and lots of big drops off the side of the road. Definite potential for something to go fairly wrong. And of course, because it‘s Mull in March, it‘s dark and wet, too. Definitely glad we didn‘t stay in MacGochans too long the night before.

 

The first run was nothing more than a slightly more spirited copy of the recce run, I‘m not ashamed to say. It had been almost a year since I‘d driven the car on gravel and I was happy to ease myself back into the swing of things. Although there was a rear end knock developing so I took the option of nipping into ser-vice to get it checked instead of going straight out for my second run. Turns out I‘m missing a rear caliper bolt. And inevitably, it‘s about the only Peugeot 205 bolt we didn‘t have with us. With lunch planned be-tween runs 2 and 3, we decided to torque up the one remaining bolt and proceed. The direction of disc travel would hold the caliper roughly in place, so long as I didn‘t reverse at any point on the approach road or the stage! Got through the run intact and without anything else falling off, and managed to improve my time by 3 or 4 seconds which I was happy with, given I‘d made a complete mess of a chicane and cost myself some time. 

 

So while everyone else was sitting down to lunch, we were off back into Tobermory to raid the spare bolts bin at Mackays garage. Eventually found one that could just about do the job, gratefully handed over a tenner and headed back to Glengorm. By the time we got back, the stage had claimed David Wilson‘s Mk2 Escort which had slid off and went over onto the roof. He was ok but the car wasn‘t going back out. Anyway, the surrogate bolt was fitted successfully and we were good to go again. Oh, and it was really dinging down with rain again by this time, of course. So with a decent idea of where the stage went by now, I managed to turn up the wick a bit and knock another 6 seconds or so off my time. The chicane, however, was still proving my nemesis. Kept going too deep on the way and having to drop to 1st gear to get back out.

 

With the weather deteriorating, and the muddy surface washing away to reveal slippery shiny stone in places, I‘d decided that I‘d wind my neck in the rest of the day, and just use the last two runs to get some seat time without being too daft. That was the plan until I got through the chicane perfectly – bonny drift in, flick it round, bonny drift out and snatch 3rd straight away. Reckoned that was worth 3 or even 4 seconds improvement.  So, a new plan was hatched and I went on the attack again. All was going well until I got too ballsy over a crest into an L7. Just too quick, and had to stomp on the brakes and arrived backwards. With a big drop outside into trees it would have been a re-shell job for sure, but I managed to just-about get it round the corner by burying the throttle and keeping the steering on the lock-stops. However, the car was doing about 5mph sideways, and the front wheels were doing about 60mph scrabbling to keep me from going over the edge, so by the time they found grip again, the car shot across the track and off the other side of the track and into a bog. Embarrassing, yes, but I‘m still counting it as a save. Got recovered

 

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So, having had a lucky let-off, I decided I would do the last run, but would probably take it easy as there was little hope of improvement with the track getting slower. And take it easy I did, but still managed to throw it off. I slowed right down for the Crest > L7, however this ruined my rhythm completely, I got on some muddy stuff on the outside of the following straight and slid off into a bank. Which thankfully was nice and soft, so only minor damage (valance, bumper, bent front panel) was sustained. Time to put it back on the trailer I think.

So, astonishingly, my third run was good enough for fourth overall and first in class. Basically .best of the rest. behind a quick Mk2 and two Evos. Chuffed doesn‘t cover it, and that‘s before they gave me a minia-ture Tobermory 10yo malt with my trophy. It was only the driver of that Mk2 Liam Wood and myself that had registered for the championship, so after round one I found myself second (and also last!) in the RTT championship. But by way of a reality check, Liam‘s first very first timed run was quicker than anything I managed (or probably COULD have managed) all day. Some going. 

 

Round 2 – May 9th, Stravaigers Lodge RTT, Fort Augustus
Highland Car Club

 

“No worries – take your time coming up, and we‘ll scrutineer you when you get here”.

 

These were the words of Michelle Falconer and Andy Jardine from HCC. The day or so leading up to the second round of the championship hadn‘t been easy. My wife Tegan, growing more pregnant by the day, had been having a tough time and had been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. This is a potentially danger-ous condition for mum and baby so every precaution was being taken, including her being admitted to hospital just before we were meant to be leaving. Or at least, heading into the workshop to finish all the stuff we‘d procrastinated about but not actually fixed since Mull, and then leaving. I‘d decided to cancel the rooms and pull the entry, but Tegan told me to hold on until the last minute before doing anything too hasty. The rooms were cancelled and I let Michelle and Andy know there was a good chance I wouldn‘t be coming. Luckily the nightshift Doctor‘s rounds were quite positive and I got wife approval to go and play. At 3am I rang Pete and let him know we were good to go. We let Michelle know by text that we were on our way and were told they‘d work things around us. Again, not something you‘re likely to hear on an SRC round. Thanks guys.

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So, we got there in one piece as planned, and unloaded the trailer. This is usually the precursor for the heavens to open, but no. Glorious sunshine. Might actually get the chance to drive the car on dry gravel for the first time. Pete got the car through scrutineering while I was at the drivers brief, and running num-ber five I was straight off to the start. Perfectly timed. So, with most of the car having been in bits, and not driven since Mull apart from onto the trailer this morning, the first run was a proper driving Miss Daisy af-fair. Plus, having never been in Inchnacardoch forest before I had no idea where I was going. But I will admit I just wasn‘t feeling it, and kept wondering what I was doing here. Remarkably, I wasn't last. Maybe about 3rd or 4th last. The car was going ok, apart from feeling a little snatchy at the front, i.e. lurching when changing direction. Possibly something still bent after Mull that we didn't spot.

 

Run two felt better, but the heart was still pretty far from being in it. The goal was simply to bag a few points in the championship and live to fight another day. It seemed like a sensible compromise to push on along the straight bits (of which there are lots) but not be too daft in the corners. This seemed to build a decent rhythm although lack of seat time in the car was still proving an issue; I never seem to be able to change down from 3rd to 2nd after a while out of the car, always seem to get 4th no matter how hard I try. As far as the stage is concerned it‘s an absolute cracker. There's only one tightened corner around a bale, everything else is 3rd and 4th gear and reasonably visible by the time you get there. I surprised myself by taking a whole 14 seconds off my time, putting me roughly in the top half of the amalgamated classes 1, 2 & 3, roughly 4 or 5 seconds off the quickest guys.

 

I needed to make a quick stop in service as the new brake bias valve that I thought I'd fixed was evidently still not right, and was losing fluid. Pete waved an 11mm spanner over it and made the problem go away. Front end still seems to be a bit wayward and possibly even getting worse, but nothing that couldn't be lived with for now. With the stage cutting up and a rain shower quite possible, it was quite likely everyone's 3rd run would be their quickest. Time to grow a pair and chap on a bit. 

 

Run three was really good. I got a wee bit untidy going round the bale hairpin (probably looked good but the big drift wasn't exactly planned) but managed to keep the right cog selected the whole way round and hence keep the thing going a bit better. Momentum is king when you only have 115-ish ponies to play with. Dead happy with the run and pretty fair to say I‘ve properly got the bug for dry gravel as opposed to mud-plugging. You know when you've had a good run when it's only two miles long and you're still out of breath by the end. Either that or you just need to hit the gym a bit more often. The times for Run 3 went up and I've knocked another 7 seconds off my time, sneaking me into the lead of the class by 0.3 seconds. Which felt pretty good, although I was pretty sure that I couldn't go too much quicker myself without starting to take liberties.

 

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, the phone rang before I could get too brave. The dayshift doctor was not quite as optimistic as his colleague and there was a real possibility Tegan could be induced that day. So it was time to pack up and head home.  The final result put me in 17th overall out of 27 runners, but it wasn‘t a day or a stage where I could get near any 4WD cars. I‘d have to change my name to Liam and get an old Escort, as he managed 6th overall right in among the quick stuff. Again, some going. In the end I dropped to third in class with everyone else improving on their fourth run. A tenth behind David Hunter in another 205GTi and a tenth again behind John Mackintosh in a Toyota MR2. Good close com-petition and encouraging to be there-or-thereabouts with people in similar machinery. Could I have gone quicker with an extra run? Possibly, but it‘s also very likely that it would have ended in tears, given recent form. In terms of the Championship it was another solid second behind Liam on corrected times, but ahead of Colin Baxter‘s Impreza and Eric Falconer‘s 205GTi as they joined the championship.

 

 

Round 3 – 12th July, Alford Sprint
Grampian Automobile Club

 

Unfortunately my home round at Coneyhatch was cancelled due to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral route going straight through the track. It was far from a fast and flowing stage but it was a venue where a small car can get closer to quicker machinery due to the tight confines and short straights, so it‘s a shame to see it go. But kudos to Gerry Potter for getting MSA and competitor approval to replace this round with the GAC Alford Sprint. It wasn‘t quite the usual fare for the RTT guys but a day‘s sport of any kind is better than losing a round.

 

Speaking of last minute additions, Tegan successfully baked our bun all the way to 37 weeks which is considered pretty much full term, so by the time Alford came around I had a healthy little 5lb 11oz apprentice to get trained up. Hopefully rallying is still on the go by the time Esmé turns 17!

 

At the Alford Transport Museum we were greeted by sun and blue sky. Unfortunately, having given Pete the day off from service duties, I drove the car to the venue and was also greeted by a flat tyre on arrival. I only had one grotty spare for emergencies so it got pressed into service on the right rear. But other than fitting a set of road tyres and removing the sump guard, the car was exactly the same as when it left Inchnacardoch.

 

Having never done one of these sprints before the main concern was figuring out exactly how the starting procedure works, remembering exactly what route to take around the figure-of-eight track, and try not to get fruity with any hay bales. In the end it was all fairly straight forward. I‘ve never been keen on tarmac so was trying to be as smooth as possible and hope that translated to a decent time. In the grand scheme of things my times were pretty pathetic compared to the regular sprinters with big BHP and sticky tyres etc, but fairly consistent. Two of these runs were timed, the best of which was a 65.26 second run. Almost a full ten seconds down on the class record, but enough to collect an overall win as far as the RTT championship was concerned.

 

Colin Baxter in the Impreza had actually recorded a quicker time, but the RTT Championship runs a class-correction system to equalise the results between smaller, larger and 4WD cars. By the time this was applied, I‘d been promoted to first, with Eric second and Colin back to third. Conspicu-ous by his absence at Alford was previous championship leader Liam. So, going into the final round, I suddenly found myself with a healthy points lead and the champion-ship basically mine to lose.

 

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 Photo credit – Tegan Kemp

 

 

Round 4 – Skeabost RTT, Isle of Skye
Skye Rally Club

 

It did seem daft doing maths to figure out what I would need to win or lose the championship given so few people registered for it, but I have to admit I did the sums anyway. It boiled down to me turning up, and putting a single competitive run on the board to seal the deal. The only way to come sec-ond would be for Liam Wood to take the full 30 points and for me to fail to score anything. How-ever, on arrival at the event, there was no Liam to be seen, so that pretty much brought the issue to a close. However, maths has never been my strong point so I wanted to put one solid run on the board at least!

 

There was one minor issue which could have complicated matters, however. A couple of days before heading up to Skye I got a phone call from Eyeline Media who make Air an Rathad on BBC Alba. Gaelic Top Gear, if you will. They had planned to film a piece about a recent BARS graduate from Lewis making her debut on the event, but had crossed their wires about who was providing the car. So basically, they were looking for someone daft enough to let her share their car, as well as volunteer to be shadowed by a film crew all weekend. The tenuous link between myself and Gaelic television was the aforementioned Roy Maclennan who‘s graced Air an Rathad in the past. If it had been anyone else asking the question the answer might have been different, but Roy‘s been a great help in getting me started and set up rallying, so it would have been bad form to refuse. Plus, I get to be on the telly. This was all on the condition that I was given the opportunity to get a run in before hand-ing over the keys – luckily the organisers had no issue with this!

 

Having watched various pieces of in-car video from Skeabost, I had a good idea what we were in for. A fast, flowing stage with lots of undulation and jumps. Although after a few accidents in previous years, the biggest jump had been moved to after the flying finish, and three chicanes had been added to reduce speeds. Still looked like a cracking stage though. I‘d travelled up early on Friday with Tegan and Esmé with the intention of making a long weekend of it and having our first family break together, with Pete due up with the van and trailer later Friday evening. However, for one reason or another, we missed the cut for Friday scrutineering, so my evening was pretty much spent talking nonsense up the lens of a camera, oc-casionally taking a break to give Pete a bollocking over the phone. I did get a lift back to Portree from Mairi Ross, my new driving partner. I just hoped she wasn‘t planning pedalling the 205 like she did her Focus ST on those back roads.

 

We scrutineered early Saturday morning, and heading to the event everything looked in order. Telling Pete we‘d be on telly has resulted in the car arriving covered in Stark Motorsport decals. Possibly the rea-son for his late arrival? Anyway, it looked great. There was a good entry for the event and I couldn‘t wait to get out. I decided I would retry my Fort Augustus approach. Slow first run, attack the straights second run, then attack the corners on the third. My first run was fine, although with two miles of stage and roughly three miles of return road, we‘d probably need to do a fuel run at lunchtime as I‘d not taken this into ac-count! The stage was impressive, exactly as expected – fast bits, and lots of crests and jumps, and the addition of the chicanes hadn‘t broken up the flow too much. Well done to the Skye Rally Club for coming up with such a great stage. 

 

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 The car was running great, so I gave Mairi a last minute patronising pep-talk and helped her get strapped in. As she drove off to the start line, Pete came up and congratulated me on my championship. I will admit the thought was far from my mind as I watched my little yellow 205 disappear into the distance! But credit to Mairi, she brought it back in one piece, having got a steady run in the bag her first time out. With Eye-line‘s cameras filling the car it‘s not as if she‘d be able to come up with an excuse for not doing so!

 

So with the car running perfectly I got strapped in for my second attempt. Following the plan, I would be attacking the straight bits, but easing off for the corners and building confidence in the car and conditions. The start of the stage is a big long straight then a chicane, then an easily flat right then another straight bit. So I would be attacking pretty much all of that before having to behave myself. My only excuse for what happened next is that I got tunnel vision and just went a bit mental, or simply forgot the plan by the time I got to a corner. As has been well documented by videos posted on Facebook and Instagram, just over halfway into the stage I put it off at the end of a straight into a long L8. I got the car sliding the wrong way off a jump and by the time I‘d pointed it in the right direction for the corner, I was off the outside and up a bank. Too fast, too soon and paid the price.

 

There was no option of putting it off gently anywhere, all I could see was piles of compacted hardcore so I had to keep the boot in and hope for some temporary relaxation of the laws of physics. Which of course didn‘t happen. I went shooting up a bank at unabated speed and took two or three hard hits on what were either earth banks or a tree stump, still not sure. I‘d pretty much resigned myself to going over, so had given up on the steering wheel and braced for impact. I‘d braced with my foot still down on the throttle, but as the various impacts had ripped both driveshafts out this didn‘t really matter. By the time I came to rest nosing back onto the track I was blurry-eyed, winded and had a lot of lower back pain. And still on the throttle. Probably best to switch it off.

 

The marshals were on the scene literally in a few seconds. They asked if I was ok or if I‘d need medical assistance. Much as it would put a delay on the event‘s running I wasn‘t willing to take a chance. Sorry guys. The SMMC Rescue guys and Doctor arrived quickly and started assessing things. They planned to immobilize me on a spinal board, remove me from the car, then transfer me to a land ambulance for a trip to hospital for x-rays. All of this while dealing with a dickhead cracking jokes, taking the mick and gibbering rubbish, as dickheads in a little bit of shock tend to do. They took their time and did everything right, as you‘d expect from these guys. Constantly reassuring and communicating and going through the motions, they quickly had me into the ambulance and away from the scene of the crime.

 

As I was transferred into the land ambulance and off to Broadford Hospital (Portree A&E don‘t do x-rays) I got to speak to Tegan and give her a few toe twiddles to reassure her I was ok, had just tweaked my back a little and everyone was being over-careful. In hindsight I don‘t think she believed me. Either way, she looked pretty miffed that I‘d had the nerve to hurt myself. She also wasn‘t too impressed at having to follow the ambulance for 40 minutes to Broadford with Esmé protesting that she hadn‘t been fed. Oh, and because she was seeing our first family holiday probably being spent at my bedside. As it turned out, the x-rays showed that while I had fractured a vertebrae, it was a stable and minor fracture so didn‘t need anything more than pain-killers and rest.

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I managed to get out of hospital the same day, and even managed to make a brief appearance at the awards do to collect the RTT championship trophy. And, most importantly, managed to enjoy a relaxed short family break on Skye for the next few days instead of enduring a severe kicking from Tegan. So, all‘s well that ends well. And as it turns out, the 205 might actually be salvageable. Quite aside from the steering rack that snapped in three places, the two broken driveshafts, two trashed bottom arms, flattened front panel and right front wing, and the hub which had the bottom pinch-joint snapped clean off it, in addition the right front wheel was pushed so far back into the arch that it‘s forced the arch metalwork into the footwell, ripping it clean away from the chassis leg. However, as the chassis leg is where it‘s meant to be, we‘ll just beat everything else back to its original position and seam weld it up. Winner.

 

So, as you can imagine I‘ve got quite a few people to thank for what‘s been an incredibly enjoyable year of sport. First has to be Gerry Potter for organising the championship. Unfortunately, despite good entries on the RTT events themselves the championship was poorly supported this year, to the point where the 2016 RTT championship could be the last one unless more people register. I cannot for the life of me think why this series is not booming. Yes, some of the rounds are a bit of a hike away, but let‘s face it, the locations are all worth seeing, so there‘s definite po-tential for a nice long weekend away with a bit of motorsport somewhere in the middle. Plus, the Mull, Fort Augustus and Skye rounds have a wee shindig attached to each of them, so plenty scope for beer and shenanigans – and I‘m sure SDMC could be persuaded to put on a barn dance or BBQ if enough people ask nicely! 

 

Another gripe people have about the RTTs is the cost per stage mile. Ok, basic sums say that 6 runs x 2 mile stages at an average entry fee of around £175 = £15 per stage mile. On an SRC round you might get nearer to £10 per stage mile.  But that‘s only based on entry fees and doesn‘t factoring numerous other costs/hassles. Like no route notes / safety DVD to pay for, no navigator to arrange, and the fact that a set of tyres should last you a whole year. And that‘s not even taking into account the fact that on a stage rally you‘re much less likely to get your full amount of competitive mileage than on an RTT due to the format. Punctures, silly little offs and minor car faults can put you clean out of a stage event. Who‘s ever DNF‘d on the Speyside without even getting out of Cooper Park? I have and it blows. On an RTT you either limp or get towed back to service, get sorted and get back out. So you‘re much more likely to actually get your intended stage miles in real world scenarios. Oh, and there‘s no significant road mileage to endure and pay for either.

 

Another reason to give the RTTs a bash, especially for smaller cars, is that your day is not affected by seeding posi-tion. Guys in 205s etc are not simply skipping from rut to rut on a surface that‘s trashed by the time you get there, you‘re actually picking your own lines and driving your own rally. The seeding on RTTs is largely irrelevant as there are fewer cars going through, so the surfaces might only start to deteriorate towards the end of the day. And even then, it‘s a level playing field as everyone is dealing with the same conditions. Another boost for smaller cars is the class handicapping system. Even if you can‘t quite match the bigger cars for outright pace, if you can even get close you might find you‘re elevated above them in the results once the sums are done.

 

Where was I before I went into PR mode? Oh yes, thanking people. I simply wouldn‘t have been out this year if I‘d not had Pete‘s help. He might know his way around a spanner but his inability to work maps and clocks does remind me why I had to navigate for him years ago. But seriously, the best thing about this year has been being able to just jump into the car and drive, Pete doing everything else made this possible. Cheers pal. Now go straighten the pug. A further shout-out to everyone else at Coneyhatch who mucked in, helped, loaded vans, made tea etc etc, and also for Roy Mac for doing me a great deal on the car to help me get started.  

 

The event organisers and marshals as always deserve special credit. I generally have a problem with any kind of authority but still didn‘t manage to fall out with anyone all year. This should tell you how laid back and helpful every-one has been on these events. The events themselves are fun but it‘s these guys that make competing a pleasure.

 

And lastly thanks to my ever-understanding wife Tegan. Much crap has been taken from me this year due to my need to go and play daft in a little yellow car, usually while you‘re dealing with things much more important. I really need to spoil you rotten. I heard Mull in March is a lovely place for a wee family getaway….

 

So, in summary, not too shabby a first year driving. Couldn‘t hold a candle to Liam even on corrected times though, and I‘m sure David Wilson would have been very quick if he‘d not come to grief on Mull. But therein lies the joy of committing to do every round. So, even with the offs taken into account I‘m happy with my performances in the 205. Which is just as well, because I swear I cannot drive that damned Dutton for toffee 

 

Roy Kemp 

SACC RTT Championship 2015 - September Report

The third round in the championship at Coneyhatch was cancelled due to works on the AWPR. The MSA approved a proposal to substitute the GAC Sprint at Alford as a scoring round in our championship to allow our registered competitors to score points . 

The weather was great all day, with bright sunshine and light winds the rain only stating to come on when the last competitive runs had been completed. 
Only three of our registered competitors were in Alford to contest the event, and all managed to score competitive runs.

Colin Baxter in his Impreza was the fastest of our registered competitors , but after the handicapping was applied Roy Kemp came out on top. 

The last round is on Skye on 19th September. 

Championship registrations this year have been poor, with only 7 competitors registered. 
The Mull RTT had 12 entries of which 3 were registered. 
The HCC round at Fort Augustus had 29 entries, by far the best of the season, of which 4 were registered. 
The substitute event for the third round attracted only 3 registered competitors, 
I hope to be able to report on the number entered for the Skye RTT at the meeting on 15th. 

I have suggested to the organisers of the RTT rounds that we need to discuss the future of the Championship as the number of registrations is so low, and the number of competitors actually contesting the rounds is lower still. 

Gerry Potter - Championship Co-Ordinator

SACC RTT Championship 2015 - July Report

The third round in the championship was cancelled due to works on the AWPR. The MSA approved a proposal to substitute the GAC Sprint at Alford as a scoring round in our championship to allow our registered competitors to score points . The weather was great all day, with bright sunshine and light winds the rain only stating to come on when the last competitive runs had been completed.

Only three of our registered competitors were in Alford to contest the event, and all managed to score  competitive runs. The Championship Results are shown below and on the next page.

Colin Baxter in his Impreza was the fastest of our registered competitors , but after the handicapping was applied Roy Kemp came out on top.

The last round is on Skye in September, hope you will all be there!

Gerry Potter  -  Championship Co-Ordinator

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SACC RTT Championship 2015 - May Report

The second round in the championship was held at Fort Augustus Castle on 9th May  The course was a forest track approximately 1.9 miles in length. The weather was great all day, with bright sunshine and light winds....perfect!!

Four of our registered competitors were at Fort Augustus to contest the event, and all managed to score  competitive runs. Roy Kemp had rush off home at lunchtime as his wife was poorly, but luckily his morning runs were quite fast. The Championship Results are shown below and the Stravaiger Lodge results  on the next page.

Liam Wood in his Escort was the fastest of our registered competitors finally achieving 6th overall behind a bunch of four wheel drives including the ex-Andy Horne DAM4100. Well done!

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing road works for the AWPR, Brian has been unable to get access to construct the new track at Coneyhatch so it has been cancelled for this year. All being well it will be ready for next years event.

Gerry Potter  -  Championship Co-Ordinator


Highland Car Club Ltd
Stravaigers Lodge
Fort Augustus Rally Time Trial 2015
Award Winners
Award Driver Car Time
1st Overall Shaun Sinclair Mitsubishi EVO 9 01:51.8
1st Pizza Direct Trophy
1st Class 1/2/3 John MacKintosh Toyota MR2 02:18.9
2nd Class 1/2/3 David Hunter (J) Peugeot 205 Gti 02:19.0
1st Class 4/5 Liam Wood Ford Escort Mk2 02:02.4
2nd Class 4/5 Sandy MacKenzie Opel Manta 02:09.8
1st Class 6 David Ross DAM 4100 01:53.9
2nd Class 6 Steven Ronaldson Mitsubishi EVO 9 01:55.2
Fastest 2WD Car Liam Wood Ford Escort Mk2 02:02.4
The Clansman Centre Shield
Fastest Junior David Hunter (J) Peugeot 205 Gti 02:19.0


Award Winners and Full Results for the Stravaigers, and championship positions, are available in the downloads section below.