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A challenging, yet promising weekend has netted Victorian, Arron Windus, third in class in the RSAC Scottish Rally over the weekend.

Arron Windus finished an impressive third in class on the Scottish Rally.Despite a small testing crash on the Thursday, Windus bounced back to achieve a strong result in the wet conditions.

Windus won the first stage of the event by over 20 seconds, but a puncture slowed he and co-driver Richard Crozier on the second of Friday’s two night stages. However, a continually improving performance on Saturday proved his, and the car’s potential.

The 21-year-old praised the Vauxhall ADAM’s capabilities on the demanding Scottish roads.

“It was fantastic to drive and never missed a beat – even in the difficult conditions.

“I was surprised we were able to stay in touch with many of the R2 cars in class,” he said.

The Vauxhall, though 40 horsepower down on its main rivals, was in the mix all weekend in the young Aussie’s hands.

Windus completed the 119 competitive kilometres just under a minute behind class leader, Josh Cornwell, and was 18th overall.

At the head of the field, it was an epic battle between championship leader Fredrik Ahlin and local man David Bogie.

Prior to the final stage, it was Bogie who led by the slenderest of margins (0.1 seconds) in his Skoda Fabia R5.

However, a damaged radiator forced Ahlin to retire on that final stage, coming heartbreakingly close to another BRC win.

Behind winner Bogie, Osian Pryce and Martin McCormack completed the podium positions.

The next round of the MSA British Rally Championship heads to the world-famous Ypres Rally in Belgium for the very first time.

-      -  Luke Whitten

                        

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