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Border Counties Rally brings in the changes

Ahlin in action
2017 Border Counties winners Fredrik Ahlin/Torstein Eriksen in action.
Image: Jakob Ebrey Photography. Click to download high res version.
After a successful debut as the opening round of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) in 2017, the Border Counties Rally (10th/11th March) will once again kick off the British rally championship season as outline details of the event emerge with the publication of the Rally Guide this week.

Joining the BRC for the Jedburgh based event will be the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) as two of the biggest rally series’ in the country descend on the Scottish Borders for the popular annual event. 

Rally organisers Hawick and Border Car Club and Whickham and District Motor Club are anticipating a bumper entry as the event `tweaks` its format for 2018.

In a change from last year, the event will comprise of three sections with competitors from the National A and B events, including BRC and SRC competitors, starting from Jedburgh town centre at around 8.30am on Saturday 10th.

Over 44 miles of competitive action in the South of Scotland and Tweed Valley lies ahead for the crews on the opening leg with three service opportunities at Newtown St Boswells before BRC contenders head to the overnight halt.

After a full day of rallying in the region, Scottish Rally Championship crews will spray the champagne at the ceremonial finish under the gaze of Jedburgh Abbey in the town at around 4.00pm that day.

On Sunday 11th, British Rally Championship contenders will head back out for 36 miles south of Jedburgh and will be joined by the Clubman event. The ceremonial finish and prizegiving will then take place early that afternoon back in Jedburgh.

Aside from the British and Scottish championships, competitors from the Ecosse Challenge, Motoscope Northern Historic Championship and the Border Rally Challenge will also tackle the event, ensuring spectators will be in for a treat both in and out of the forests during the weekend.

Clerk of the Course Clayton Lackenby believes the change in format for the event will attract both competitors and rally fans to the region during the weekend.

“We are delighted that the British and Scottish Rally Championships are returning to Jedburgh this year and we think we have a fantastic set of stages on offer to challenge even the most experienced of crews,” he says.

“We have taken the best bits of last years event and made them even better. The stages are a combination of old and new with some changes thrown into the mix so it will be exciting for spectators as well as competitors. With tests spread across two days on both sides of the Carter Bar, we truly believe it has all the ingredients to be a classic rally in the Scottish Borders.”

Event regulations will be released in the coming weeks with entries opening on 25thJanuary and more information for spectators will be available nearer the event.

The Rally Guide can be downloaded from the Border Counties Rally website along with more information on the event at: alongside the event’s social media feeds:

Euan Thorburn - SRC winner
Image courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography - ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Champions Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton on last years Border Counties Rally. Click to download high res version.


Posted by Matt Cotton on 18 January 2018 12:03

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