Broch man wins Tarmac Rally Championship

Paul and his team mates in action.
Paul and his team mates in action.

A Fraserburgh man has won the 2014 Scottish Tarmac Rally Championship.

Paul Ballantyne, 39, and his team were competing against 100 other crews at the championship on Saturday.

The team consists of driver Paul, co-driver Graham Bruce and service crew Gino Niro, Gary Millar, Wayne Stuart and Douglas Millar.

The team took part in their first competition at the Snowman Rally in Inverness in 1998 and they came third in the Scottish Tarmac Rally Championship in 2011.

The team competes in the 2 litre class in a Renault Clio, which has a sequential gear box and is modified to be competitive in their class.

Upgrades and improvements always ongoing, they have now had this car for three years.

They bought the car because of the gearbox which, they say, makes it a fantastic car to drive.

Paul and his team mates have changed a lot of the car’s features to try and make it as competitive as possible, including: the engine, suspension, brakes and steering rack.

The Scottish Tarmac Championship consists of ten events with best six score counting and is organised by Dunfermline Car Club.

More information on Dunfermline Car Club can be found at: http://www.dunfermlinecarclub.co.uk

Points before the last round can be found on their website.

The Jim Clark Rally and Mull rally are amongst the biggest tarmac events in the country held on closed public roads, with the Jim Clark Rally being Paul and the team’s favourite rally of the year.

On Saturday they were competing against 100 crews and going into the last round there were three crews who could have won the championship.

Paul, who works as a hydraulic technician, commented: “I’m over the moon to have achieved this as there is a lot of hard work that goes into it over the years. With rallying you sometimes get very low times when things don’t go right after all the work that goes in.

“It’s not just me who achieved this result, without the support of the team it wouldn’t have been possible.”

In particular, the team would like to thank Rose Access Solutions, ST Tyres Fraserburgh, Dennis Gordon Electrical and DMC Performance.

The team’s plans for 2015 are similar to this year unless they can secure funding for the costs of competing over the year as, at present, the team is mostly self-funded.

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