COUNTY farmer Roger Chilman used the RSAC Scottish Rally to do his homework ahead of his big target later in the season, but came away with the classification victory.

Joined by Ross based co-driver Paul Morris, the duo totally dominated the two-wheel drive and historic classes in the Scottish Rally and finished 12th overall.

The event, now a former shadow of the five-day international rally of the 60s and 70s, forms part of the Scottish Rally Championship.

Some 93 crews competed over 44 miles in the classic border stages of Twiglees, Castle O'Er and Forest of Ae from its new Moffat base.

The duo totally dominated the two wheeled drive category, gradually extending their lead after every stage to win by 39 seconds from Ian Wilson.

In emphatic fashion the pair were nearly three minutes ahead of their nearest rival David Brown in the historic class.

Their success came after a trouble free event in the Securcom, Connop & Son, Morspan Construction, Pirelli backed Escort RS1800.

A delighted Chilman said that he was using the Scottish Rally in preparation for November's Roger Albert Clark (RAC) rally which will once again start from Leominster and will see competitors complete 300 stage miles in 32 stages over five days.

In that event he will be partnered by Aberystwyth's Patrick Walsh.

"After doing both RAC and Silver Fern Rally in last two years I have decided that I enjoy the long events more so than the one day events," said Chilman.

"With an entry in for the 2019 RAC, I decided just to do events this year that use the same stages as the RAC in readiness.

"I've never been here (Scottish Rally) before but the stages were fantastic. With it being my first event since November last year I used the first two stages to blow the cobwebs away. "But it went very well and thanks to Paul for doing a great job on the notes."