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JOCK Armstrong and co-driver Kirsty Riddick made it three wins in a row when they raced to victory in Sunday’s Armstrong sponsored Galloway Hills Rally.

The Castle Douglas driver, in a Subaru Impreza, finished more than a minute in front of Borders crew David Wilson/Dave Robson, in a Mitsubishi Evo 9.

Jock was fastest on all five stages of the Castle Douglas-based rally and had 1min 25 sec to spare on Wilson from Alness in the Scottish Borders. Armstrong’s time for the event was 51 min 58 sec.

Armstrong and Riddick have now won four of the last five Galloway Hills rallies and Jock said: “It was a decision whether to put the snow tyres on at the start or not. I put them on and it paid.

“There was wasn’t much snow on the first stage but it was deep in the second and I really made up time. We got a 17second lead which was great. I put on the ice tyres after that and we didn’t have any problems.”

He added: “It was the fifth anniversary of Kirsty and I doing the Galloway Hills and we’ve won four out of five. I’m absolutely delighted to win the event which is my local rally and also the one we sponsor.

We’ve won it three times in a row which is just great.”

Third place went to Richard Stewart and Sanny Dobbie from New Abbey who had their best result in the Galloway Hills rally. They finished in a time of 56 min 49 sec in their Subaru Impreza  20 seconds in front of Dumfries Pair Ian Paterson and Helen Brown in another Subaru.

 In addition to winning the overall championship Jock and Kirsty won the award for the first Subaru, the first group N car and Kirsty won the Lawrence Clark trophy for the first co-driver resident in the DG postal district as well as the George Rutherfurd Trophy for the highest placed female.

The winners of the McHarg International Challenge award for first team of three from the same country were the Scots, Jock Armstrong, David Wilson, and Richard Dickson.

Newton Stewart driver Craig McMiken and co driver Christine Sanderson were the winners of group 3 as well as finishing seventh overall in their Mitsubishi Evo    9.

Wigtownshire  pair Mark McCulloch and Craig Wallace were the winners of class 7 after finishing in 12th spot.

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WINNING PAIR . . . Jock Armstrong and Kirsty Riddick won the Galloway Hills 2010 RUNNERS UP . . . Davie Wilson and his co-driver with Kirsty Riddick after finishing second GREAT RUN . . . Richard Stewart and his co-driver finished third in another gruelling rally LOCAL PRIZE WINNERS . . . Mark McCulloch and his co-driver celebrate at the end