By Lori Carnochan
Scottish Rally champion David Bogie is determined to give his competitors a run for their money in the Rally of Scotland this weekend.
The 22-year-old driver from Dumfries will face tough opposition as he competes against Intercontinental Rally Chamapion Kris Meeke and British rally champions Keith Cronin, Alistair McRae and Guy Wilks.
Rallying sensation Bogie last month became the youngest person to win the Scottish championship since his hero Colin McRae and he is hoping to get himself noticed by some international teams.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend as I think it’s a great opportunity for me to go out and drive the socks off my car in the hope of getting noticed by the top teams.
“I am seeded at number five which I am very pleased with. There are some very talented drivers in front and behind me, so if I kept my seeding for the whole rally then I would be happy.”
The rally will be the first international series to be held in Scotland in 13 years and there is huge anticipation and excitement building among fans.
David will be driving his own Mitsubishi Evolution Nine and knows that it is going to be a gruelling three days tackling over 130 stage miles in typically Scottish November weather.
He said: “I’m hoping the weather is reasonable this weekend as some of the stages are slippery enough without any rain.
“Some of the stages on Friday are particularly muddy so we will have to take a more cautious approach and hope that we don’t pick up any punctures.”
The Rally Of Scotland is the final round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and the action kicks off at Scone Palace on Thursday evening.
First Minister Alex Salmond will wave the top ten crews over the start line alongside Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart.
The 13 special stages are set in Perth, Stirling and Kinross and with an entry list boasting teams from over ten different nations, it’s sure to be an action packed weekend.
The rally runs from Thursday 19th until Saturday 21st and more then 100,000 spectators are expected over the three days.