Great start for young rally driver

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A Banchory Academy pupil has claimed a podium place in his first race as a Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge rally driver.

Michael Dickie says he has been fanatical about anything with an engine and wheels since he could walk.

“I was introduced to rallying through my dad who was a co-driver,” Michael said. “I have been training for over a year now and passed my Junior BARS exam last year at the first attempt.”

“This year I have entered the Junior Ecosse Challenge for 14–17 year olds and I have been fortunate to secure sponsorship from OTEAC Integrated Safety Services of Maryculter.

“This has made a massive difference with the preparation of the car and the forthcoming seasons championship.”

Michael’s first rally of the championship was at Charterhall near Duns, Berwickshire on March 31. After a “nervous but exciting day”, Michael claimed third place overall, coming in just two seconds behind Harry Marchbank in second place. Michael was co-driven by local rally champion Euan Duncan.

He said: “It was a fantastic feeling getting a podium place on my first rally and hopefully the first of many. I’d like to say a big thank you to ALCOL Engineering, OTEAC, Euan Duncan and all who helped.”