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Review of 2002

Here is a quick look back on the 2002 season, a year which saw the team tackle the full New Pig Scottish Championship and take part in a few other selected events as well.

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January - The preparations for the new season get underway and the car is made ready for the new season ahead. The team also held a track day at Kames Motorsport Complex to give sponsors family and friends the chance to have a go in the car. The team also buy the abcrallying.co.uk domain names and start to build up the website.

February - The championship starts in appalling weather conditions at the Snowman Rally in Inverness. There is heavy snow all day and the team stuggle to find any grip on the slippery stages. We finished the event however and picked up valuable championship points in the process.

March - The second event in the championship takes place, the Border Counties Rally starting in Jedburgh. The team had another difficult day with a couple of spins which cost a lot of time. Again we managed to pick up some decent championship points despite the problems.

April - This turned out to be a busy month for the team. We bought a second car, a Mk2 Escort, with a view to competing in the Jim Clark Rally and the Tour of Mull. This month also saw the third championship event the Argyll Rally in Dunoon. The team won their class for the first time on a Scottish Championship event.

May - Most of May was spent getting the Escort ready to compete as it needed a bit of work doing to it to bring it up to current log book standards. After a few late nights it was ready in time to do the non championship UK Rally Challenge 3 at Knockhill. The event went well and allowed us to get used to the Escort before taking it out on the Jim Clark Rally in July.

June - The next round of the championship, the Scottish Rally in Dumfries and some of the wettest weather ever seen in June. The team held a commanding lead all day only to see it nearly wiped out by a final stage puncture. We clung on and won the class by a slender eight and a half seconds.

July - This was a busy time with two championship events within the space of a fortnight. The Jim Clark Rally starting in Edinburgh saw the team retire early on with a blown clutch. The McRae Stages in Perth at the end of the month gave the team second in class and gave Ian enough points to claim Class 2 in the 2002 New Pig Scottish Rally Championship for navigators.

August - The team travelled north to take part in the second last event in the championship, the Speyside Stages in Elgin. The team led the class from the registered championship runners for the first half of the event. It then became clear that we only needed second place to clinch the Scottish 1300 Championship so we backed off and concentrated on bringing the car home. There were no problems and were able to return to Elgin in second place giving Gordon the Class 2 prize to match that won by Ian in Perth and the team also won the Scottish 1300 Championship after only three years of competing.

September - The team competeted in the non championship Solway Coast Rally in Kirkcudbright. This was the first ever event that the team competed on so we like to try to fit it in each year if at all possible. The last championship event of the year, the Park Systems Rally in Newton Stewart also took place in September. With the championship having been won in Elgin we decided to take the Mk2 Escort out into the forest for a bit of fun. The first two stages were difficult because of punctures and damaged brakes but the last two stages went very well with us setting times quicker than some of the more exotic machinery on show that day.

October - The team set off for the island of Mull to compete on the 33rd Tour of Mull Rally. The event went well and our objective of getting the end of the three day event was met at around 3:30 in the early hours of the Sunday morning when we returned to Tobermory. As the Escort had been bought with the aim of doing the Mull rally it was put up for sale following Mull and was sold at the end of October.

November - This was a quiet month with the only thing of note being the New Pig Scottish Rally Championship prize giving. The full team attended with Sam and Brian coming along to see Gordon and Ian being presented with their prizes for winning the Scottish 1300 Championship and Class 2 in the overall Scottish Championship.

December - Gordon and Sam did the opening car on the Galloway Hills Rally in Castle Douglas. This was Sam's first attempt at co-driving and did a excellent job for his first time out.


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