Argyll Rally 2019

Rallying returned to Dunoon for the 3rd year in a row after speculation that the event wouldn’t go ahead due to low numbers. However, an upturn in numbers meant that the event went ahead and was a big success.

02/07/19

In the past 2 years, I have gone up to watch the event as a spectator but this year, I wanted to do something different and be more involved in the event. It was suggested to me that I should become a marshal and help out, and that’s exactly what I did.

A few weeks before the event on the 22nd of June, I signed up with the Chief Marshal of the Mull Car Club and took the marshal test on the Motorsport UK website. A few days I received my “welcome pack” and was geared-up and ready for the event.

The Event

Around 53 cars took part in the initial stages but due to reliability issues, some drivers dropped out and decided not to take any further part in fear of damaging their cars more.

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The Number 116 Ford Fiesta R2 driven by Linzi Henderson and her co-driver, Tom Hynd

The stages was being run with the fastest seeded 2WD cars running first through the stages followed by a small gap then the fastest seeded 4WD cars that followed.

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After taking victory in 2017, Euan Thorburn, along with co-driver, Paul Beaton, drove the wheels off of his Ford Focus WRC to take an incredible out-right win.

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Whilst marshalling, I left my camera and phone on the ground at different angles to capture the cars going past. After the event, I took small snippets of the footage and made it into a video which can be viewed on Vimeo or on the blog’s Facebook page.

The day would not have been possible if not for the marshals who volunteered and gave up their time to help with the event. Thanks to them, the event as a whole ran smoothly.

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