Snow time for Stevie

Wheels Up: Local rally driver Stevie Brown is in action this weekend in Inverness with his Subaru Imprezza.'Picture submitted
Wheels Up: Local rally driver Stevie Brown is in action this weekend in Inverness with his Subaru Imprezza.'Picture submitted

Scottish rally ace Stevie Brown is preparing to tackle the opening round of the MSA Scottish Rally Championship in Inverness this weekend (18 February).

The national series curtain raiser will see over 100 teams travel from throughout the UK to negotiate the demanding gravel forest tracks this Saturday.

The event is famed for its notoriously difficult stages often lined with snow and ice, and with teams reaching speeds of over 110mph, it’s not a challenge for the faint hearted.

Brown is however no stranger to driving in wintery conditions, having previously rallied on the frozen lakes and snow lined roads of Norway.

The 23-year-old Scot, winner of the inaugural Colin McRae tribute award said: “Last year ice and snow wasn’t so much of an issue, but we could see it being more of a feature this year.

“Snow isn’t really so much of a problem, but ice makes things a lot more difficult as you often don’t know about it until you’re on it. Combined with the low winter sun, the morning stages and the last few stages in the afternoon will be very difficult for sure.”

Stevie is joined by rising star Jack Morton in the co-drivers seat. Last year saw the JRRC Fitness supported driver finish a very creditable tenth in his first time out in the four-wheel-drive machine, and this year Stevie is hoping to go at least one better.

“We want to get a solid top ten finish; that will set us a good foundation for the start of the season.”