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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

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:

Inaugural rally winners return for 40th anniversary

Ivor Clark and Keith McCleary won the inaugural event in 1974 Credit: Galloway Hills Rally

The first ever winners of the Galloway Hills Rally, Ivor Clark and Keith McCleary, are reuniting to take part in the 40th event.

They crew will run with number one on their car door to mark the special occasion.

Drivers will have two runs through the super special stage at Auchenlosh Quarry, near Dalbeattie.

Spectators will have access to toilet facilities, catering and car parking, which is £10 per car.

To find out more about when the cars are due in each stage, and for more spectator information, click here.


Jock Armstrong: "It will be a good battle on Sunday"

Jock Armstrong has won this event a record-breaking five times. He will be up against five time Scottish Rally Champion, David Bogie, but is hoping to come away with the win:

"I've won this event a good few times now and know the stages well.

"David is obviously five times Scottish Champion so it maybe puts us on a more level playing field.

"It will be a good battle on Sunday, but I'll not being going out to get second place."

– Jock Armstrong

Hours to go until 40th Galloway Hills Rally

The 40th Galloway Hills Rally takes place this weekend and almost 80 crews have entered the Castle Douglas based event.

Organisers wanted to do something a a bit different to mark the anniversary, so they decided to build a "super special" stage.

The 1.5 mile stage has been built at Auchenlosh Quarry near Dalbeattie, and features jumps, a bridge and a water splash.

Event organiser Barbara Armstrong says it will give spectators a good view of the action.

"The spectator area sits up high so everyone can see the cars going round the 1.5 mile circuit. We have toilet facilities, car parking and catering so its a great chance to get the whole family involved and let's people get close to the action whilst still being safe."

– Barbara Armstrong, Event Organiser

The rally has also been included in the Scottish Rally Championship for the first time ever, and makes up the final round.

Dumfries driver David Bogie won the championship on the last round, but there are still many class battles to be decided.

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