Fourth-place finish for Jack in Junior 1000 event at Crail
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Castletown driver Jack Ryan had to settle for fourth place in the Digby Barlow Junior Stages Rally, the penultimate round of the 2023 Junior 1000 Ecosse challenge.
He and his stand-in navigator Craig Forsyth were among 19 Junior 1000 crews battling it out on a wet and slippery track at Crail airfield in Fife.
Rian Walker and co-driver Stuart McBride recorded fastest times on all but one of the stages to take a fifth win in a row in the Citigo.
Oliver Phillips and Barry Young needed a good result to secure the season-long championship for drivers aged 14-17.
After surviving a massive spin on stage one, they climbed from fifth to second by the finish. That was enough for them to wrap up the 2023 title with a round to spare.
Third-placed Ollie Forrester and George Myatt took their first podium place as a team, a reward for their perseverance.
After a last-minute family issue for regular navigator Robin Nicolson, Jack Ryan had installed Craig Forsyth in the hot-seat. They hit a chicane early on and parked the Volkswagen Up on a tyre on stage three.
Fastest in four, they were able to salvage fourth overall by the finish – albeit but only by two seconds ahead of Ruan Lowry and Ian McRae.
Jack is third in the championship standings on 203 points, behind Oliver Phillips (224) and Rian Walker (206). Thomas Milne is fourth on 190, one point ahead of Ollie Forrester.
The last round of the 2023 season is a two-day event at Anglesey racing circuit at the end of November.