SCHOOL friends Dan Sedgwick and Sam Ambler, took to the Scottish roads as they debuted the Tour of Mull Rally last weekend.

The pair saw the return of the rally for it’s 50th anniversary event and embraced the challenge of 150 competitive miles held over the closed public roads of the Hebridean island.

Broken up into three legs, the event ran through Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, with the majority of the 17 stages tackled in darkness.

The event attracts teams from all over the country.

The pair were one of several crews from Clitheroe and District Motor Club and whilst the they are no strangers to the roads of Mull having competed there in the Targa Rally over the past couple of years, this was their debut on a stage rally.

It was also the first outing for the Peugeot 106 car that Dan has been building for the past 12 months.

Problems with the alternator, fuel pump and a broken bottom arm hindered their progress throughout the rally however the boys persevered and with the help of their service crew were delighted to gain a respectable finish of 69th place.

Their thanks go out to Fairhurst Concrete and David Stubbs Motors for their sponsorship and the many local people that have helped and supported them on their journey.

The boys will continue their career at next year’s event where they will be aiming for a higher placed finish.

The two are both friends from Settle,

Dan the driver works for David Stubbs Motors Ltd, in Settle, and Sam the navigator works at Dunsop Bridge Trout Farm.

They are both 25 and friends from Settle High School.