The Scottish Rally Championship moves into the second half of the season with this weekend’s RSAC Scottish Rally.
And John Easson Award winner Johnnie Mackay will be looking for another good result to move up the SRC Challengers leaderboard.
Two early retirements have dented his hopes of winning the title, but the promising Newburgh driver is determined to continue his fine form from the last round, the Argyll Rally.
A class win and 25th overall showed just what Johnnie is capable of his Mitsubishi Evo7, and a similar result in Dalbeattie on Saturday could be on the cards.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back on gravel and getting some more experience with the Evo,” said Johnnie.
“The stages there are very technical and I’m not as familiar with them as the ones further north. The weather forecast is for heavy rain, and the event runs reverse seeding, with the two-wheel-drives running in front of the four-wheel-drives, so it could be an interesting day.”
Seeded at car 27, Johnnie has a new co-driver for the Scottish, with the experienced Rachel Matheson taking over the hotseat from Michael Cruikshank, who was already committed to sitting alongside Duncan Campbell in a Subaru Impreza.
After a decade based in Lockerbie, the rally has moved to Dalbeattie for 2023, which has opened up stages never used before on the Scottish. Around 90 cars will start the event on Saturday morning, taking in 43 miles of gravel in the legendary forests of Dalbeattie, Kinharvie and Ae.
Johnnie Mackay Rallying would like to thank his supporters
2300 Club John Easson Award
ISS Aberdeen Ltd
Andrew Wood Motorsport