David Weston and Kirsty Riddick are the 2015 REIS-RAVENOL BTRDA Rally Series Gold Star Rally Champions. With three outright wins on the Somerset Stages, the Plains Rally and the Carlisle Stages, plus two second places and a third, they have been the crew to beat all season.
For the past three years we have become accustomed to the BTRDA Gold Star Championship providing a nail biting finish on the final round of the championship. However this year, thanks to a combination of speed and consistency, David and Kirsty in their Subaru Impreza WRC set a target of 173 points which others have been unable to match. Since joining the BTRDA Rally Series on the Somerset Stages in April 2014 they have competed on 13 consecutive championship events, finishing 12 of them, with only once finishing outside the top 3. Quite a record!
The battle for the remaining Gold Star podium places continues with Steve Petch / Ian Windress (Fiesta R5) the most likely to take the runners up spot. Of course all the other BTRDA Rally Series titles: the Silver Star, Kick Energy 1400 and Vital Equipment BTRDA Rally First Championships, plus the MSA English Rally Championship, are still to be decided and look likely to go down to the wire.
So congratulations to David and Kirsty on becoming the 62nd BTRDA Gold Star Champions, following in the footsteps of fellow Scots, Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton who were the Champions in 2013.
As part of their prize they win a free entry to the Wales Rally GB National Rally in November. This event has become something of a Scottish preserve in the last couple of years so maybe that is something they will continue.
Photo is David and Kirsty on their way to winning the Carlisle Stages. (Courtesy of Ralliphotoswales)