David Bogie lands third Scottish rally crown

David Bogie
Bogie and Rae finished well clear of the field to secure the title

Dumfries driver David Bogie sealed his third straight Scottish Rally Championship at the weekend.

Hawick co-driver Kevin Rae helped him take a fourth consecutive win in the Speyside Stages event in Elgin to secure the title.

They finished more than half a minute ahead of the field to win the 2011 championship with two rounds to spare.

"It's just awesome and hard to sum up really," he said. "I never thought too much about the championship."

Euan Thorburn and Mike Faulkner picked up the emaining podium places after sharing equal times on three of the eight Morayshire stages

Thorburn, co-driven by Paul Beaton, emerged as runner-up after Faulkner overshot on the final test.

Bogie finished with a total time of 43m 42s which was a full 37 seconds ahead of Thorburn, with Faulkner a further 14 seconds back.

"We just came here to win the rally, and to be honest, all season I've never given it much thought," said Bogie

"We just went to each round to do the best job we could."

Rae said he was "chuffed to bits" with the result.

"Everything has gone so well on this event," he said.

"They were great stages - we just eased off a wee bit towards the finish once we knew we were OK.

"We've been thoroughly enjoying our rallying all season and even with the pressure it's been enjoyable.

"It's another one ticked off, so we can now concentrate on the British championship."