A Stonehaven and District Motor Club organised race took place on Saturday, August 13 and was won by an Aberdeen-based rally driver.
David Weston Jnr took an impressive victory on last Saturday’s Coltel Grampian Stages, despite being out from competitive action since his Nicky Grist Stages victory in July 2015.
The Subaru Impreza WRC pilot was guided by Welshman Aled Davies and the duo were never bettered at the race which almost 100 crews from across the UK competed in the forests of Kincardineshire.
The fight behind Weston for the remaining podium positions would bit be such a simple affair and a day-long battle between curtent ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) leaders Gary Pearson, SRC returnee John MacCrone and British Championship regular Euan Thorburn was eventually settled in MAcCrone’s favour on the final stage of the day, taking second place after a nail biting finish with Thorburn coming in third.
Based at the Milton Events Field near Banchory, the event formed the penultimate round of the Scottish Championship and the battle for overall honours was wide open as crews from the series joined local hopefuls all eager to be the first name to be engraved on the winner’s trophy of the inaugural Grampian event.
Weston left the Crathes Castle start in glorious sunshine and opened proceedings with a slim one second advantage on the first stage.
The battle behind him began in earnest with Thorburn and Pearson tied on times and reigning SRC champion Jock Armstrong a further two seconds adrift.
Weston said: “It’s been a perfect day and it’s fantastic to win what is effectively home.”