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Marty McCormack in last stage push to podium place

 

By Sammy Hamill

Marty McCormack collected his second podium finish in three rounds of the British championship with a last gasp third place on the Scottish Rally.

A dramatic final stage to the Dumfries-based event saw former British junior champion McCormack and co-driver David Moynihan in their Tiger Risk Skoda Fabia jumped from fifth to third, equalling their performance on the previous round, the Pirelli International.

After early leader Tom Cave stripped a wheel off his Hyundai, forcing his retirement, it looked like a straight fight between the Skodas of home hero David Bogie and Swede Fredrik Ahlin, winner of the first two rounds, who were just a 10th of a second apart starting the last stage.

But a stone punched a hole in the radiator of Ahlin's Fabia handing victory to the Scot ahead of Welshman Osian Pryce.

It left McCormack battling for third with Irish Tarmac champion Keith Cronin but the Cork driver's Ford Fiesta suffered yet another puncture and he dropped 14 seconds, slipping back to fourth.

Desi Henry, the Irish forest champion, finished in fifth place despite his Skoda suffering no less than four punctures.

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