TWO motorsport mates from Fife have teamed up to win a national rally title.
Driver Ross Fernie and his navigator John Young won the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship earlier this month in their Subaru Impreza STi after a dramatic final round of the season.
The pair led the championship by a single point heading into the last event at Crail, but held their nerve to take fifth place, which was enough to clinch their first national title.
It was the culmination of four years hard work since first entering the championship in 2008.
Ross, 47, from Thornton, told the Press: “It’s brilliant to be able to say we’re Scottish champions.
“You always want to be the best at what you do, and myself and John are very competitive people.
“We started racing together four years ago and we’ve never looked back.
“Every year we’ve been getting better and better, and more consistent.
“The way the points work, it’s not the fastest car that wins the title, it’s the most consistent.
“It was a nervy last race, but we were up for it.
“We knew we had to beat a guy who was faster than us - but we managed it.”
For navigator John (43), from Burntisland, winning the Scottish title was a remarkable achievement considering his lack of experience in the sport.
“When Ross asked me to be his navigator I stupidly agreed!” he expressed.
“I had no previous experience whatsoever, so it was totally daunting and I was a nervous wreck to start with.
“Learning the pace notes was the biggest challenge.
“When you’re getting thrown around and giving instructions at speed you have to be on the ball.
“I was dropped in at the deep end, and we destroyed a car in our first season, but now we’ve gelled. I’m more relaxed now.”
Ross runs his own motoring company, Ross Fernie Motors Ltd, based in Thornton and spends most of his spare time working on the rally car.
“I do all the work on the car myself,” he said.
“I’m not like these Formula 1 drivers who turn up in their helicopters and drive – although that would be nice.
“You wouldn’t believe how many hours I’ve put into the car, before work, after work, and at weekends.
“It’s not easy but we’ve got something out of it in the end, so it’s all been worth it.”