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Penrith driver Paul Bird wins Malcolm Wilson Rally

Local driver Paul Bird has won the Malcolm Wilson Rally for a fourth time.

The Penrith man lead the rally from start to finish and took the win by 13 seconds from Duns driver Euan Thorburn.

Thorburn, who won the rally last year, suffered mechanical problems early on which cost him a lot of time.

It wasn't a good day for Dumfries driver David Bogie who broke the rear suspension, resulting in a puncture which cost him valuable time.

The current Scottish champion had to settle for fourth place behind Stephen Petch.

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Problems for Dumfries driver on Malcolm Wilson rally

Dumfries rally driver David Bogie has run into problems in the second half of the Malcolm Wilson Rally.

The Scottish champion was lying in second place going into the afternoon stages but picked up a puncture, which caused suspension damage.

"It was at the start of stage five, we went out a bit wide. We changed the puncture and continued into stage six but there was obvious rear suspension damage which made the car difficult to handle.

"We've lost a lot of time."

– David Bogie

Penrith driver Paul Bird is leading with two more stages to go.

Penrith driver leading Malcolm Wilson rally at halfway stage

Penrith rally driver Paul Bird is leading the Malcolm Wilson Rally at the halfway stage.He is currently 19 seconds ahead of Dumfries driver David Bogie. The top seed for the rally, Euan Thorburn from Duns, is a further 20 seconds behind after suffering from mechanical problems.

The rally crews are now in service and will then head our to do another four stages around Grizedale and Greystoke this afternoon.

Malcolm Wilson rally underway

Over 100 rally crews are making their way over the start ramp for the 2013 Malcolm Wilson rally.

The event begins from the rally headquarters at the M-Sport base at Dovenby Hall in Cockermouth.

There will be a tight battle for the overall honours from Paul Bird, David Bogie and Euan Thorburn.

The first stage gets underway at 8.43am as competitors head to the 'Hobcarton' stage, followed by:

  • Comb - 8.55am
  • Greystoke 1 - 9.49am
  • Grizedale North - 11.52am
  • Grizedale South - 12.12am
  • Greystoke 2 - 14.36am
  • Wythop - 15.29am

The rally has attracted a bumper entry this year, with the added bonus of rally sponsor Malcolm Wilson taking part alongside his son Matthew.

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'Safety is paramount' says Wilson

A spectator was killed on the opening round of the Scottish Rally Championship, the Snowman Rally in Inverness two weeks ago.

A competitor lost control of his car and it landed on top of a 50-year-old woman and an eight-year-old boy.

The young boy survived but the woman died.

Matthew Wilson said that everything is done to continuously improve the standards of safety for both drivers and spectators:

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