Will’s Rally Success

Closer than you think!

Will Bonniwell from North Connel had support from his home town on The Rally of Scotland.
As well as loyal long time supporters Albar, the Scottish Championship regular had
“Oban – its closer than you think!” on his pretty yellow flying machine
The Oban & Lorn Tourism Association got its message out to the many spectators and huge TV audience (estimated at up to 100 million worldwide!) on the bonnet of Bonniwell’s Mitsubishi Evo 9, which finished 10th overall.

“Oban is a great centre for touring Scotland’s magnificent Western Isles and for sea and mountain sports.” said Will –  who hires mountain bikes at Flit in Oban he is just the man to know!

Friendly Folk from over the bridge.
Don’t let anyone tell you rallying is not a friendly sport or that the Scots are mean! When Shaun Sinclair from Connel found Will Bonniwell raking about in his workshop he did not call the police – he helped the Scottish Championship regular with a lend of his Rally cars gravel suspension for the Rally of Scotland. Bonniwell drove the Rallytech Evo 9 which has never left tarmac in the hands of John and Paul Swinscoe except for the odd “excursion” on the Tour of Mull rally. “We needed some bits and Shaun was delighted to help – we are really grateful as it saved the budget more than somewhat” said Bonniwell, the canny Oban businessman.

Ulster man Kris Meeke – the newly crowned IRC Rally Champion got the last jewel for his headgear – The Rally of Scotland victory at the weekend. Driving a Peugeot 207 he held off strong competition from Englishman Guy Wilkes, and Scot Alister McRae.

The story of the Scotsman, the Englishman, and the Irishman was the talk of the event that took the rally round Perth and the Trossachs over the weekend.

Flagged off from Scone palace by first Minister Alex Salmond and Sir Jackie Stewart, the greatest of all living Scots racers, Meeke was never headed but Wilkes and McRae kept him honest at the front coming within 5 seconds at one stage.

“We have the Rally of Scotland for three years” beamed the First minister.
He told the Ardchattan Observer. “I have been following the IRC series all year – its terrific!”

– Campbell Cameron, Music and Motorsports Editor

November 27, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Sports

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