Stevie Brown and co-driver Jack Morton finished the Border Counties Rally a remarkable 13th overall, after a puncture in the opening stage relegated them to 36th.
The second round of the Scottish Rally Championship attracted drivers from across Britain and Ireland. Brown and Morton made a strong start to the event, until early on the first stage the team came to grief with a front left puncture.
The 24-year-old fought with the car just to stay on the narrow track for the rest of the stage, haemorrhaging time with every mile. “It was completely my fault, we were too deep on the inside of a square left and the wheel took a big impact – we were lucky to get away with just a puncture,” explained Stevie.
Stage 2 marked the beginning of the team’s fight back, climbing 14 places over the 9 mile test. The Dunlop Tyres shod Subaru Impreza continued to rise, arriving at the mid day service halt 15th.
The warm afternoon sun had dried much of the roads in the infamous Kielder stages, however the surface was wet, muddy and slippy. It meant drivers had to adapt to changing levels of traction, and at speeds over 100mph, braking a few feet too late could mean disaster. Brown and Morton charged through the stage, to climb another place.
With just one more stage remaining the team negotiated the 8 mile test lined with jumps, hairpins and high speed sections. The Subaru crew made it safely through the final test, claiming 13th position. Stevie said: “It’s disappointing to have had the puncture, but that’s rallying. We’ve made a decent comeback and I’m happy with our result considering.”