Garry Pearson & Dale Bowen are due to compete in this weekends Grampian Rally in Aberdeen. It will be the pair’s first competitive outing together but they’re both looking forward to the challenge.
First a Brief on the Speyside Stages!
The Duns driver competed for the first time earlier this year at the Speyside Stages in April driving the RSC prepared Fiesta R5 and Pearson was co-driven by regular codriver Paula Swinscoe from Withnell. The pair had a setback to their Scottish Championship hopes earlier in the year as Garry had broken his leg in late January in an accident at work and had only just recovered in time for the event.
However, the team were determined to put that behind them and were aiming for a solid result to start there 2018 Campaign on the Scottish Rally Championship. In Stage 1 they endured a problem however when a suspension arm broke on the rear of the car. The pair managed to do some temporary fixes and completed stage 2 sitting 6th overall.
The RSC team saw the duo after the 2nd Stage and changed the whole rear suspension arm in 10 minutes to keep the pair in the hunt. Into the 3rd stage and they went 3rd fastest promoting them into joint 2nd Overall and only 11 seconds off the lead.
|AFTER SS3 – TEINDLAND (Speyside Stages 2018)|
LENGTH – 3.73
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Unfortunately, 6 miles into the 4th Test Garry misjudged a corner and tumbled a long way down the valley finishing the pairs day abruptly. Garry said, ‘We’ve got to put the Speyside Stages behind us, our Championship hopes are gone but I can’t wait to get back in the car! It’s been a while since I’ve been out and ultimately I need to get good seat time the rest of the year to give ourselves a good chance for next year’s Championship.’
The Grampian Rally held on the outskirts of Aberdeen at Banchory start at 9am on Saturday 11th August. A well followed event with 91 cars entered, 45 competitive Stage Miles consisting of 6 special stages of varying lengths, grips levels and unseen hazards. The event has a large following of spectators varying in ages, all with a keen interest in how the top, middle and low cars will get on in the event. We aim to keep you and followers up to date on the following social media throughout the event Grampian Events Facebook page with 2.8k followers on Facebook, also regular championship updates and live coverage with a following of 10k and our own Garry Pearson Rallying’s page’s following of 3.8k will be kept live with key snippets of our progress. We will also update twitter followers and tag your twitter accounts where possible.
Our team codriver Paula is taking some time out from rallying for the time being and aims to be back with the team in 2019. Up and coming Welsh Co-driver Dale Bowen is stepping up into the codriver’s seat with Garry for the next few events and is looking forward to the event; ‘I’m really looking forward to getting into the Scottish Rally Championship, I’ve been in touch with Garry for some time now and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do and learn as a team. I haven’t competed North of the Border that often so I’m keen to see what the Scottish Championship is about’.
The team are seeded #2 for the weekend and are looking to gain mileage in preparation for 2019. Pearson won the event in 2016 and thinks it will be difficult to repeat that this weekend. ‘It’s a tough ask, and not one we’re asking ourselves to do. The aim has to be to get mileage in, we have some really good sponsors supporting us and we want to be in a good position to deliver results for them in 2019 so we need to regain form for February’.