Photos by DAT Motorsport Photography
Johnnie Mackay rounded off his Scottish Rally Championship campaign in fine style with a brilliant class win and 13th overall on the Carlisle Stages.
That result was enough for the John Easson Award winner to clinch the overall M6 category in his Mitsubishi Evo7.
Johnnie and co-driver Rachel Matheson finished on 84 points, ten clear of Mike Moates, who had been leading the class going into the final round
But it wasn’t all plain sailing for the highly-rated young driver, as he explained:
“It was a nice feeling to seal the championship, but it was a difficult day, trying to maintain a good gap without pushing too hard.
“We knew we had a job to do and it was important we stayed focused, keeping up a good pace without risking the car too much. It was a great feeling when we crossed the finish line and knew we’d done it. Getting 13th overall was a real bonus too.
“The season has been very up-and-down for us, starting off with retirement on the Snowman Rally opener after only two miles. But it’s all started to come together as the year has gone on, and we’ve begun to show a real pace with the Evo. It could have been a very frustrating campaign, but in the end it all came good.”
Johnnie has one last outing for 2023 on the Kinloss Winter Stages, based at Kinloss Barracks, Forres, on November the 18th.
Johnnie Mackay Rallying would like to thank his supporters
2300 Club John Easson Award
ISS Aberdeen Ltd
Andrew Wood Motorsport