Profile: Stuart Loudon

Stuart Loudon
Uddingston, Glasgow
Coltness Car Club
Biscuit Engineer / Co-Driver

Having been interested in Motorsport since he was old enough to go into the forests to spectate, Stuart always knew he would take part in rallying at some point. His interested started when watching his dad, Fergus, compete in the Scottish Rally Championship in the 90’s with former West of Scotland Champion John Gray. In 2006 Stuart got his first chance to compete when he navigated for John Gray on the Mull Forest Stages in a Mk 1 Escort. They retired whilst lying 2nd overall.
Stuart co-drove on various Scottish events over the next couple of years, getting the chance to sit with various drivers in a variety of cars.

2009 saw Stuart team up with Graeme Schoneville in the 205 Ecosse Challenge in a 1.6 litre Peugeot 205. Despite many fastest stage times throughout the year, the pair were plagued with mechanical gremlins. The highlight of 2009 was co-driving for former five times British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae on the McRae Stages in a Sierra Cosworth.

Stuart stepped up to the British Rally Championship in 2010, where he partnered John MacCrone in a Ford Fiesta R2. A string of strong results meant the pair finished 2nd overall in the Fiesta Sport Trophy UK and Stuart claimed 3rd overall in the BRC R2 Co-drivers class.

Whilst much of Stuart’s time was taken up with BRC duties, he still had time to co-drive for friend Jordan Black in a Peugeot 205 contesting the 205 Ecosse Challenge. With a season of mixed fortune, the Junior co-driver Championship went right down to the wire at the last event of the season with Stuart securing victory by a single point, the first championship win of his career.

Stuart and John contested the BRC and FSTUK in a Ford Fiesta R2 again in 2011, as well as selected WRC and IRC events. The BRC campaign did not start well with a string of mechanical retirements. The next event was their first on the international stage, contesting WRC Germany. Despite learning a huge amount the rally ended in retirement. Not to be put down, the pair picked themselves up and went on to win their class and 2WD honours on IRC Rally of Scotland and WRC Wales Rally GB. A great end to a tough year.

2012 saw Stuart take a huge step in his co-driving career. A full season competing in the WRC Academy with John MacCrone in a Ford Fiesta R2 and selected IRC and ERC events with Robert Barrable in a Skoda Fabia S2000. Stuart went into the last WRC event of the season still with a chance of clinching the Co-drivers championship, but a 4th placed finish meant 4th in the championship. Still a great result considering it was his first full year in a World Championship Series. John and Stuart also competed in the Tunnocks Mull Rally in their Fiesta. Despite being up against far more powerful and technically advanced cars, they finished 2nd overall. After teaming up with Robert Barrable at the Jim Clark Rally, the pair went on to finish 4th overall, a great result considering being up against World Rally cars. Stuart then co-drove for Robert for the remainder of his 2012 programme, their best result being 5th overall on IRC Barum Czech Rally Zlin.

In 2013 Stuart and Robert took on the WRC2 championship, The Tunnock’s World Rally Team was born. The Skoda was replaced with a state of the art Ford Fiesta R5 and the boys took on 6 WRC events, starting in Portugal and finishing in Wales. This was a successful season with a couple of podium finishes along the way. Stuart also returned to Mull with John MacCrone in an M-Sport Fiesta S2400. The pair took the lead on the 3rd stage and held it to the finish!

There was a mixed calendar in 2014 with Stuart competing in the WRC, ERC, Barbados and various Scottish rallies. Highlights would be 3rd in class on Rallye Monte Carlo, 3rd overall on the ERC Circuit of Ireland and a 4th overall on Rally Barbados. The year was finished off with a run in a Fiesta R200 with ex-England cricketer Graeme Swann on Wales rally GB. This was part of a documentary for BT-Sport. They finished 3rd in class and the documentary was a great success.

When he is not competing Stuart and dad Fergus are part of the Coltness Car Club team that organise and run the Colin McRae Forest Stages in Perthshire. Stuart and Fergus use their expertise to help organise the route that the rally takes. Away from rallying Stuart’s hobbies include football, skiing and cycling. Stuart worked for Rolls-Royce in East Kilbride Engine Overhaul Facility as an aeronautical engineer until June in 2013. He then felt it was time to move into the Family business, Tunnock’s Biscuits. This was a move that would help his rallying career, as it meant he could take time off to compete a lot easier.