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Review of 2003

Here is a quick look back on the 2003 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 - This was a quiet month with the team trying to get the car ready in time for the Snowman rally in February.

February - The championship starts at the Snowman Rally in Inverness. The team were struggling to be ready in time for the event and an untested car was struggling with severe handling problems. However we persevered and things got a bit better throughout the day with the team picking up an unexpected class win to get the championship off to a good start.

March - Following a difficult Snowman rally the team go for a bit of testing at the Scottish Forest Rally School. The day went well with the handling much improved following some adjustments.
The second event in the championship takes place, the Border Counties Rally starting in Jedburgh. The team pick up another class win but the event will sadly be remembered for the tragic death of Roy Herron who was killed following an accident on the event.

April - The team head to the north east for the first time to contest the Granite City Rally. Another good day with the third class win on the trot.

May - The team compete on the Argyll Rally, the scene of their first class win one year previous. Not such a good event for us this time as serious brake problems forced us to limp round finishing last in class but still picking up valuable points.

June - The next round of the championship, the Scottish Rally in Dumfries. This was possibly the most eventful rally ever as we had all manner of problems with punctures, a broken radiator, a failed intercom, broken windscreen, broken gearstick and a shattered brake disk. Unbelievably the car made it to the end and managed to take another class win in the process.
The team manage to find some time to take up a long standing invitation to visit M-Sport and see where the Ford Focus World Rally Car is built.

July - This was a busy time with two championship events within the space of a fortnight. The Jim Clark Rally starting in Duns saw the team retire early, rolling heavily into a field.
The McRae Stages in Perth at the end of the month was a real race against time to get the car rebuilt in a fortnight. It was put together just in time and the team went on to take another class win.

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 start but an electrical problem on stage 4 dropped around 11 minutes. We were able to get the car running again and there were no further problems and we were able to return to Elgin in fourth place giving the team the Scottish 1300 Championship and Class 2 for the second year running.

September - The team put the car up for sale following the success in Elgin with the plan being to compete in the Park Stages before selling it. The rally went very well, rounding off the season with another class win and finishing a fantastic 14th overall.

October - The team sold the Nova and bought a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 1. The car belonged to Craig McMiken and had been out on a few events during the year. The team also buy back the Nova Shell with the rollcage with a view to building into a grasstest/sprint car.

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. Gordon also won 6 dunlop tyres for his success in the Dunlop Mini Series and also the highly coveted flying brick award given to the driver who was deemed to be trying hardest all year.

December - The team do the Galloway Hills Rally in Castle Douglas. This was the first event for the new car and there were a few problems but it was a good day and the team are looking forward to 2004 in the new car.

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