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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.

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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.

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.

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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
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