Continuing to promote the Palletforce brand across Europe, two of the company’s motorsport ambassadors scored podiums on two very different sporting events last weekend.
British rally star David Bogie won all five stages of the Galloway Hills Rally in Scotland to clinch a 51-second overall win – on his first outing in a new Skoda Fabia R5 rally car. He stormed through the fast, flowing Galloway forests in southern Scotland to dominate the rally from start to finish.
The final round of the 2018 Scottish Rally Championship, he swept aside championship regulars setting unbeatable times on the challenging gravel roads and forest drives. The result was the perfect preparation for the final round of the British Championship, where Bogie is a contender for the coveted title. Based outside Chester, it takes place on 5-7 October and doubles as the UK’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
However, before then Bogie will be meeting Palletforce members and their guests at the annual Rallyday event at Castle Combe circuit on 22 September.
David Bogie said: “It was great to take the win. I’ve been driving on Tarmac rallies for a while now so I wanted to get back into the mode of gravel driving before Rally GB and that worked really well. The new car felt fantastic, with more engine torque, and that really helped on these stages this weekend. The roads through the Galloway Forest are fantastic to drive, real classic rally stages for this area.”
Meanwhile on two wheels, Palletforce-backed rider Billy Bolt was third at the Red Bull 111 Megawatt in Poland, round five of the World Enduro Super Series. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider performed excellently when, after a busy day of qualification on Saturday, the 500 fastest riders in this year’s Red Bull 111 Megawatt took to the start line in Europe’s largest coal mine for Sunday’s feature race.
Faced with a demanding and physical 30-kilometre course that weaved its way around the quarry, the addition of hot weather and dusty tracks ensured a gruelling three-lap race for the world’s best Enduro riders.
Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young claimed victory with local hero Taddy Blazusiak second and Bolt just seven seconds behind taking the final podium spot.
Billy Bolt said: “I’m really pleased with finishing on the podium. This was the race that I was least pleased with my performance in during 2017, so to turn things around and finish third is great. I had a poor first lap – I crashed three times on the Motocross section. It seemed to me like that section of the track was different to what we rode on during the qualification. I felt good going into the last lap. We’ve got three tough races left, but this has definitely been good for me as far as the championship is concerned. I’ll keep working hard.”
Palletforce continued to celebrate motorsport success when rally driver David Bogie sealed the 50th rally win of his career on round three of the 2018 MSA Scottish Rally Championship.
Behind the wheel of his Palletforce-supported Skoda Fabia R5 rally car, five-time Scottish Rally champion Bogie and co-driver Kevin Rae dominated the RSAC Scottish Rally to take a popular home victory.
The Dumfries driver was fastest on five of the six competitive stages through the tough forests of southern Scotland and steered clear of punctures on the rocky roads which caught out other drivers.
Bogie went quickest on the first stage, edging out a three second advantage. But when his closest competitor picked up a puncture on the next stage, Bogie extended his lead to 28 seconds and literally left the competition in his dust on the dry and rock-strewn roads.
He dominated the event and delivered a controlled drive to cross the finish ramp in Moffat over a minute clear of his chasing rivals, taking the overall honours for the second year in a row and marking an historic landmark result.
David Bogie said: “It’s always nice to win your home rally, but this one is number 50 for me so that makes this pretty special.
“It’s been a hard day. The recent dry spell of weather has made the conditions very tricky but I think it was a controlled drive. Our job was made easier when other drivers got punctures so after that it was a case of keeping the car straight, trying to avoid getting a problem and netting this win.”
Dave Holland, Palletforce sales and marketing director, said: “Being market leaders and constantly delivering the best possible quality in a competitive market is what Palletforce and its members do on a daily basis. This ethos and enthusiasm cascades down to each one of our brand and sports partnerships and we are all proud to have played a small part in David’s dominant 50th rally victory.”
Palletforce partners Rally Champion in British Series
Palletforce continues its motto of working with the best after partnering with a former rally champion for the 2018 MSA British Rally Championship. David Bogie from Dumfries in Scotland will be carrying Palletforce branding on his Skoda Fabia R5 rally car when the series kicks off with the opening round this weekend.
Palletforce will benefit from significant brand exposure, promoting its express distribution services over five televised events in England, Belgium, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man.
Thirty-year-old Bogie, who was both British and Scottish rally champion in 2011, is one of the championship favourites and will be pushing for victory this weekend on the Carlisle-based Pirelli Rally.
It takes in 83 miles of super-fast, gravel roads through the infamous Kielder Forest complex in Northumberland. The rally is unforgiving, its tracks are lined with deep ditches, but Bogie has good experience of the conditions and finalised his car set-up at a pre-event test on Wednesday.
The British Rally Championship has a 30-minute round-up broadcast on Channel 4 on the weekend after each event while a 60-minute programme is also shown on BT Sport.
Dave Holland, Palletforce sales and marketing director, said: “Partnering with David Bogie in the British Rally Championship opens up a range of marketing benefits, allowing the Palletforce brand to reach even more consumers through the terrestrial TV coverage the championship offers.
“The high octane sport is a natural fit to promote our express distribution services and align the Palletforce brand with other household names and consumer brands.”
David Bogie said: “We are excited to have Palletforce as a partner this season and I’m very much looking forward to getting the championship challenge underway tomorrow. We won a round of the Scottish championship last weekend and had a good test on Wednesday so have had the best possible preparation for challenge ahead.”
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