McCombie brothers steal the show at Welsh National Rally

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It was a weekend to remember for Banchory’s Bruce McCombie who finished first overall at this year’s WRGB National Rally.

Bruce and his navigator, Michael Coutts, competed against a packed field of 79 entries to cross the line in first place.

Meanwhile, his brother Scott also took part in the same race and finished fifth with his navigator Mark Fisher.

“We came home from an unbelievable weekend at Rally GB,” said Bruce.

“Day one, in the middle of Stage 1, we were going to stop as the car was overheating and dropped onto safe mode.

“We managed to get it cooled to limp out of the stage to carry on and managed the problem till service to find we had taken the lead.

“Day two we had a steady run after changes to the running of the car to save overheating to keep the rally lead and day three, which was short and nervous, but we managed to win our first ever rally.”

Speaking after finishing fifth, brother Scott said: “After having no anti lag and a broken diff all day on the first day we are delighted to climb up to fifth place over the second and third days.”

Both brothers and their navigators also wished to thank their dedicated sponsors and service crew who made the win possible.

Bruce also upheld the recent tradition of Scottish racers succeeding at the Welsh track.

Having won the event for the past two years, Mike Faulkner was targeting a famous hat-trick of victories but his optimism was short-lived.

In typically challenging conditions, the double winner came unstuck 12 miles into the opening Myherin speed test, crashing his Mitsubishi into the trees,forcing him into an immediate retirement from the race.

Thankfully, Bruce and Mark were on hand to uphold Scotland’s honour.

“Everyone involved in the World Championship event really appreciates the effort and enthusiasm of those competing in the WRGB National Rally,” said Ben Taylor, managing director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.