Double Champion Bogie targets further glory on Rally of Scotland

Scotland's latest rallying hero, David Bogie, is looking to further his growing reputation with another stellar performance on next weekend's RACMSA Rally of Scotland (7-9 October), the penultimate round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.The 24-year old from Dumfries first hit the sporting headlines when he won the 2009 Scottish Rally Championship to become the youngest SRC Champion since the late Colin McRae in 1988. Since then he has completed a hat-trick of three successive SRC titles and last weekend was also crowned 2011 British Rally Champion to become the first Scot in history to win both Scottish and British Rally championships in the same year."It's been a dream year," admitted Bogie. "We started off competing in both championships and planned to concentrate on the one in which I was doing best. So to go on and win them both is just unbelievable. And now we have the chance to finish the season on another high with the Rally of Scotland."Bogie and his regular co-driver Kevin Rae from Hawick, however, face an uphill struggle to win their home event. As a round of the globetrotting IRC, the RACMSA Rally of Scotland has attracted a record international entry including many of the world's best rally drivers all competing in highly tuned S2000 cars which are more powerful than Bogie's regular Group N class Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9."There are 18 S2000 cars on the entry list, so it's one heck of a line-up," remarked Bogie who was the highest placed Group N finisher on last year's event when taking fourth place overall. He added: "As the entry is so much stronger this year, it will be much tougher to finish as high as that again. We can't expect to be on the S2000 pace but if we can beat a couple of them and finish as the top production car I'd be more than happy. I would love to have had a chance to join the S2000 field but we don't have the budget so it's up to us to do the very best job we can with the Mitsubishi. That's our objective."More importantly than the final result, this is a chance for Bogie to impress those international manufacturers and teams contesting Scotland's premier motor sport event. "With so many people now following the IRC, it's a great opportunity for me to showcase what I can do," he said. "I would love to do more international events like this and a good performance in Scotland will be a step in the right direction."In the meantime, the newly crowned British and Scottish Champion is relishing what he hopes will be a fitting finale to his double title winning season. "The stages are unbelievable and some of the best in the world. So being Scottish and rallying against the IRC competitors on home ground is just about as good as it gets. I can't wait to be a part of it," he enthused.The spectacular event kicks off with a Ceremonial Start in front of Stirling Castle at 19.00hrs on Friday 7 October and concludes at historic Scone Palace near Perth on the Sunday 9 October. Public admission to each stage is just £20 per vehicle with the exception of the Carron Valley stage on Sunday morning which is priced at £10 per vehicle.

Full ticketing and event details can be found on the official www.rallyofscotland.com