Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GOING OUT IN STYLE; Mike Aims to End Season in Glory

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GOING OUT IN STYLE; Mike Aims to End Season in Glory

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MIKE SCRIMGOUR brings the curtain down on his 2009 rally campaign just a few miles from his Guisborough home this weekend -and he's planning to end the year in style!

There's rarely a blank weekend in Scrimgour's hectic schedule, which takes him all over the country.

But this Sunday he only has to travel as far as South Bank for the Teesside Autodrome Stages.

And a good result would earn him and driver Dom Scott third place in the F1000 Junior Championship.

Sunday's event, organised by Stockton and District MC, is believed to be the first ever rally just for competitors in the F1000 Championship -a series which features mainly Nissan Micras and is designed to keep costs right down.

Scrimgour and Scott compete in the junior section -open to drivers aged 14-16 alongside experienced navigators -which has emerged as bigger and more intensely contested that the senior category.

Last weekend they took their Nissan Micra to fifth in the Junior F1000 class in the Hall Stages at Blyton -the penultimate round of the series.

Now a good result at the Autodrome will see them clinch third place in the final championship table.

"We had two really big spins," explained Scrimgour, "and that what was what prevented us finishing higher up the order.

"It was very wet and slippery and the conditions caught Dom out -those spins knocked his confidence a bit.

"Now we need to finish in as high a position as possible this weekend to get third place in the championship.

"A lot of the other drivers are ex-kart drivers so the tight, twisty tarmac course will suit them.

"The kart drivers are taught to keep it neat and tidy, whereas Dom is from a forest rally background and he's used to throwing it around!

"But we'll be going for a win and hopefully we'll have something to celebrate."

Stockton DMC were asked to host a round of the series by the championship organisers this year and were happy to oblige.

They set an entry ceiling of 25 cars -mainly due to the lack of time to cram all the stages in. …

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