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First win for Dumfries rally champ

Dumfries rally driver David Bogie has had the perfect start to his 2014 season, by winning the Wyedean Rally. The 26-year-old, partnered by Hawick's Kevin Rae, won the rally by over a minute.The team set a blistering pace throughout the day and were fastest through every stage.

The event was the first round of the BTRDA championship. The pair will now be confident going into next weekend's 'Snowman' rally, which is the opening round of the Scottish Rally Championship.


Preparations underway for rally driving team

David Bogie is preparing for his first round of the new season.

The Dumfries rally driver and five times Scottish champion has been testing his Ford Focus World Rally Car before the first event of the year.

David Bogie is the five times Scottish rally champion Credit: ITV News Border

David and co-driver Kevin Rae, from Hawick, haven't competed in the car since last October, and the weather has made it difficult for them to get much testing done.

Bad weather has affected the team's ability to practice Credit: ITV News Border

David said: "We had a test earlier on in the week and there was a lot of snow and ice, which isn't ideal, but it will probably have been the same for everyone. I'm happy with the car set-up and really looking forward to getting back out on the stages."

David and Kevin were the first team in history to win both the Scottish and British rally championships in the same year back in 2011.

The team will kick-off their 2014 season in Chepstowe on Saturday, for the first round of the BTRDA championship.

They begin this year's campaign for the BTRDA championship title in Wales Credit: ITV News Border

Next weekend they will make the five hour journey north to Inverness to begin their assault on the Scottish championship.

Kevin Rae said: "I would love to win another Scottish championship. Seven years ago when i first sat next to David i could never have dreamt of getting to where we are today. To have won seven championships in six years is incredible, and i hope it continues."


David Bogie prepares for first round of championship

Dumfries rally driver David Bogie is preparing for the new season.

The five times Scottish champion has been testing his Ford Focus World Rally Car before the first event of the year.

The 26-year-old broke all records last year when he won a fifth consecutive Scottish title, which has never been done before.

"This season we're going to start with the Wyedean stages which is the first round of the BTRDA Championship, it's an event i've not done since 2006, then we're going to move onto the snowman rally, based in Inverness, which is the first round of the Scottish championship."

– David Bogie, Five times Scottish rally champion

Rally champ David Bogie catches up with ITV Border

Jock Armstrong from Castle Douglas won the last leg of the Scottish Rally Championship in the Galloway Hills.

Armstrong pounced after 5-times champion David Bogie suffered an oil leak on the final stage while he was leading.

However, Bogie had already wrapped up the title, so he could afford to be generous in defeat and enthusiastic about the future.

He spoke to ITV Border about what happened over the weekend, and about his plans for the future:

Dumfries rally driver re-writes history books

David bogie and co-driver Kevin Rae at the ceremonial finish Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries rally driver David Bogie has re-written the history books by winning an unprecedented fifth Scottish Championship.

The 26-year-old, co driven by Kevin Rae from Hawick, won the Colin McRae Stages rally in Perth on Saturday.

Champagne spraying Credit: Mark Paterson

Going into the penultimate round of the championship, the Colin McRae stages rally, both David and Duns driver Euan Thorburn had a chance of taking overall honours.

Both drivers set the exact same time on the first stage. Bogie picked up a puncture on the second stage, giving Thorburn a 21 second lead.

Champagne soaking for the champion Credit: Mark Paterson

On the following two stages, Bogie pulled back a few seconds. On the second last stage he took a further eight seconds off of Thorburn, meaning that only eight seconds separated the drivers going in to the last stage.

David Bogie on his way to winning a fifth Scottish championship Credit: Scottish Rally Championship

Going into the last stage Bogie said:

"This is it, it's all or nothing now. We have to give it everything and then some."

Both drivers were pushed to their limits during the last stage, and Euan picked up a puncture.

David quickly took the lead and he finished the stage 26 seconds quicker than Euan- sealing his place in history.

At the finish line, Bogie said:

"This is unbelievable. To win a fifth Scottish title is unreal. Growing up it was a dream of mine to be Scottish champion one day.

"I picked up a puncture on stage 2 and Euan picked one up on the last stage. That's what happens when you are being pushed to your limits.

"This is my first year in the new car, and to win the championship on only my eighth rally in the car is pretty special. I'm on cloud nine. "

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