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VIDEO - Major shock in Coogie Urquhart Snowman Rally as fifth seed wins opening round of Scottish Rally Championship in Inverness

By Will Clark

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Michael Binnie recorded a stunning victory to win the Coogie Urquhart Snowman Rally for the first time in his career.

The 27-year-old from Cornhill-on-Tweed along with Kelso co-driver Claire Mole won the opening stage of the Scottish Rally Championship in Inverness.

Binnie says it is the biggest win of his rally career and was pleased with his performance on the course.

Driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, Binnie, who was seeded fifth in the race, beat number one seed Jock Armstrong from Castle Douglas driving a Subaru Impreza by 20 seconds to take the title.

Binnie completed all five stages in 45 minutes 33 seconds while Armstrong, who had been leading for the majority of the race, suffered a slow final stage to finish in 45:53.

Number three seed Freddie Milne from Aberdeen finished third in 45:56 driving a Ford Fiesta R5.

Donnie Macdonald was the top Inverness driver finishing fourth in 46:07.

John Morrison from Conon Bridge was Ross-shire's top driver finishing 10th in 49:59.

After three stages, the Snowman Rally held a drivers parade in Dingwall town centre which is available to watch clicking here.

Click here for full results from the Coogie Urquhart Snowman Rally.

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