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David Bogie celebrates British Rally Championship win

David Bogie
Image caption David Bogie won his third straight Scottish Rally Championship earlier this year and has now added the British title

There are not many sports where Scotland can boast a leading role.

However, when it comes to anything involving four wheels, it appears the nation comes into its own.

David Coulthard, Paul di Resta, Allan McNish and Dario Franchitti are among those to have proudly flown the Saltire around the world in recent times.

At the weekend a 24-year-old from Dumfries did his bit to maintain that tradition by grabbing the British Rally Championship.

It capped an unforgettable year for David Bogie and Hawick co-driver Kevin Rae.

In August he clinched a third straight Scottish Rally Championship.

Now he has become the first Scottish driver to win the BRC since Alister McRae in 1995.

A third place in Saturday's International Rally Yorkshire was enough to secure the honour.

Bogie is the first to admit it will take some time before the fact that he has achieved such a long-held ambition fully sinks in.

He said he had never been so nervous as when on his way to clinching the title.

"Half way through the stage I had to put the window down because I was feeling sick and I actually started shaking," he admitted.

"I don't think I have ever had that feeling before in a rally car.

"We have been chasing this all year and it is just a dream."

'Blown away'

He said the Yorkshire event had been the "hardest rally of his life" with such an important honour within his reach.

"We just had to get the car to the end," he said.

"We did everything possible to ensure we got it to the end to get a podium result."

He said it was a just reward for the team which had helped him throughout the year, and his supporters in Scotland.

"The support this year has truly blown me away," he said.

"To cross over the line was just unbelievable."

It also proved to be a profitable success for a friend of the young driver's.

A £30 bet after two rounds of both championships on him lifting the Scottish and British crowns has paid out about £800.

Now the Dumfries driver hopes to produce more winning results in the years to come.

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