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Border Counties - 17-18 Mar 17

Posted: March 18, 2017 5:43 AM - 3550 Hits

Round 1 - 2017 British Rally Championship
Round 2 - 2017 Scottish Rally Championship

Live Results - National A (BRC - Border Counties 2017)
Live Results - National B (SRC - Border Counties 2017)
Results by: Tynemouth Computer Services Rally Results
SS1 - Fri - 19:50
SS3 - Sat - 09:14

Let battle commence! - Marty McCormack & Dave Moynihan Preview

Posted: March 17, 2017 5:14 AM

The 2017 British Rally Championship (BRC) gets underway this weekend with the Border Counties Rally in Jedburagh, Scotland. Marty McCormack and Dave Moynihan are hoping a new car and a new year will beckon the return of their winning ways!

2017 sees the Tiger Risk Rally Team change car to the Skoda Fabia R5, this should allow them to battle at the front at every round of the highly competitive championship. Marty is once again joined in the car by Dave Moynihan. Dave, who has navigated for Marty for many years is a calming influence in the car and the pairing work extremely well together.
"I am delighted to have Dave back beside me this year, we get on really well and he has a great calming influence in the car, which makes it easy for me to push! The new TigerRisk Skoda is leagues ahead of the car we used last year, in terms of handling and power. It's exactly what we needed to push forward in the championship."

The Borders Counties Rally is substituting as round one of the BRC 2017, replacing Rally North Wales which was canceled earlier in the year. This is a new rally to most competitors which will level the playing field among the crews. Marty and Dave competed on the Willie Loughman Rally in Ireland as a warm up for the start of the season. It was a very successful day, trying out new settings and getting comfortable in the new car. A number of fastest times against some of their fellow BRC competitors like Keith Cronin and Desi Henry bodes well for the year ahead. "The Willie Loughman was a great test in the car, we tried a few different settings to see how the car would react and we have now have a good base setting going to Scotland. I am feeling really comfortable in the car now, the difference in power and handling over the S2000 Skoda is massive and it will be great to battle with the BRC regulars in equal machinery."

The Borders Counties Rally gets underway outside Jedburagh Abbey with an autograph signing at 4pm on Friday. This is followed by two runs through Craik Forest in darkness. It will be an arduous start to the event with the inclement weather sure to add too the difficulty. It will be key to have a clean run through these two tests and stay within striking distance of the leaders to have a chance at a victory on Saturday evening.

Saturday is where the rally really gets underway with over 50miles of stages on some of the best gravel roads the area has to offer. The winners will spray the Champagne back outside Jedburagh Abbey at approximately 4pm. Marty commented:
"We are really looking forward to getting into the first round of the BRC and see where we are compared to the competition. We have a comprehensive test planned in the run up to the event and will be as prepared as we can be to battle at the front!"

You can keep up to date with Marty on Twitter @martymccormack and Facebook.com/marty.mccormack1. Marty is competing this season with the support of Tiger Risk Partners, P McCormack and Sons Ltd.

Border Counties Rally ready for biggest event yet

Posted: March 15, 2017 9:50 AM

Jedburgh based event hosts drivers from across the world in showcase of rally talent

Jedburgh will play host to some of the best drivers in the rallying world as the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally takes place in the forests of the south of Scotland this weekend.

Bolstered by the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) and ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC), the event will see around 120 competitors tackle stages in the Wauchope, Craik and the Tweed Valley forest complex during Friday 17th and Saturday 18th March. In an entry list bulging with talent from the UK, Ireland, Australia, Sweden and Norway the event is shaping up to be one of the biggest in the region for many years.

Leading the field away at car one will be 2010 British Rally Champion and five-time Scottish Rally Champions David Bogie/Kevin Rae in their Skoda Fabia R5. The Dumfries driver is fresh from a round one SRC win and with victory at last weekend's Malcolm Wilson Rally in Cumbria; he has further reinforced his chances of the Border spoils.

Tom Cave/James Morgan returns to the BRC at number two seed in a Dom Buckley Fiesta R5. A strong showing during the latter half of the 2016 season will mean Cave cannot be discounted. Swedish duo Fredrick Ahlin/Torstein Eriksen is the third seed in their Skoda Fabia R5 and head to Jedburgh as one of the favourites to clinch the 2017 BRC crown.

Three-time British Champion Keith Cronin is the first of two M-Sport run Fiesta R5 crews with co-driver Mikie Galvin and start at car four with Duns driver Euan Thorburn in a similar machine at six. Paul Beaton will co-drive. A trio of Irish drivers round out the top 10 with Desi Henri, Jonny Greer and Martin McCormack all keen to do well in the opening round of the British Championship.

First SRC crew away is reigning champion Jock Armstrong in his crowd pleasing Subaru Impreza. With co-driver Paula Swinscoe, the duo will be hoping to repeat last year's victory at the Border Counties. They are followed by the Mitsubishi Evo IX crew of Mike Faulkner/Peter Foy who will be aiming to tame their newly arrived steed into a decent result. Shaun Sinclair/Jamie Edwards will want to build on a strong opening round performance in their Subaru S14 WRC and start at 14.

The Hawick and Border Car Club and Whickham and District Motor Club organised event will start outside Jedburgh Abbey 6pm on Friday with an Autograph Session, Meet and Greet and family entertainment at Abbey Place in the town. Crews from the British Championship will cross the start ramp at 7pm that evening to head for two night-time stages in the Craik forest.

They will be joined on Saturday by competitors from the SRC, the Ecosse C2 Challenge, SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship and the HRCR Motoscope Northern Historic Rally Championship who all will tackle the entire day's stages.

After an action packed day in the Scottish Borders forests, the field will return to the finish ceremony in Jedburgh at around 4PM where the victors from both the British and Scottish championships will spray the champagne, once again watched over by the historic Jedburgh Abbey.

Fans will also be well catered for during the event, with opportunities to watch the action throughout the weekend. Spectators looking for action and atmosphere can head to Craik forest on Friday night for the BRC opening two stages, running at around 19.50 and then again at 20.50.

On Saturday, the field will welcome the remaining crews and Wauchope provides the first opportunity to see the action at around 9.15. Two stages at Elibank offer the chance to see crews twice, firstly at 11.40 and then again at 14.55.

The event reaches its finale back at Jedburgh at around 16.00 where a pipe band, will greet the lucky crews who return to the finish celebrations under the watchful eye of Jedburgh Abbey.

Spectator information, a full entry list and more information can be found on the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally website at www.bordercountiesrally.co.uk alongside the event's social media feeds:
www.facebook.com/bordercountiesrally
www.twitter.com/borderrally

Epic Border Battle for Scottish Rally Championship

Posted: March 15, 2017 8:32 AM

The ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) proved to be as thrilling as ever last month with the 2017 season opener in Inverness providing an action packed start to the season at the Snowman Rally. That titanic battle is set to continue on round two of the championship this weekend, the Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally (Saturday 18th March).

Over 80 crews will head south to Jedburgh and the Scottish Borders for 45 competitive stage miles in the Tweed Valley, which was the scene of the closest finish of the season last season with Jock Armstrong and Garry Pearson tying on overall times and Shaun Sinclair finishing just seven seconds back in third.

This year, the SRC's finest will be joined by the British Rally Championship as their season gets underway with 2017 SRC points leaders David Bogie and Kevin Rae leading the crews away as car number one.

Bogie will be ineligible to score Scottish Championship points as he will undertake a pre-event recce, leaving the door wide open for a new driver to top the championship table after the champagne has been sprayed alongside Jedburgh Abbey on Saturday afternoon.

Duns driver Euan Thorburn will compete in the BRC but has chosen not to complete the recce, meaning the Fiesta R5 pilot will score points for both the Scottish and British Rally Championships. The Snowman was all about seat time for Thorburn, but the Border Counties tests are classed as his local stages so he could well be the man to beat on round two.

Defending Scottish champion Jock Armstrong and Paul Swinscoe got their season off to a solid start in their Subaru Impreza, finishing two seconds shy of the podium on the Snowman. The Castle Douglas ace won his first ever Border Counties rally 12 months ago after a fast start and victory is undoubtedly not far away this season.

Mike Faulkner and Peter Foy adjusted to a new and upgraded Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX last month, finishing a lowly ninth after battling with teething issues and an incredibly strong entry list. Faulkner was on the pace though, so is looking for a strong result in the Borders.

Shaun Sinclair and co-driver Jamie Edwards proved to be a real dark horse on the Snowman rally, beating 2014 Scottish champions Thorburn and Beaton to second place in a Subaru Impreza S14 WRC. The Oban driver impressed last year in a Focus RS WRC so is sure to be in the mix in the Borders and for the rest of the season.

Rory Young and Allan Cathers made a welcome return to the championship on the Snowman after just one appearance in 2016, and took a strong top five finish in a Ford Fiesta R5. The Dumfries driver turned a few heads with that performance, and could do just as well in the Tweed Valley with his M-Sport machine likely to suit the stages around Jedburgh.

Mark McCulloch, along with Freddie Milne and Greg McKnight, got valuable seat time in preparation for the Border Counties on the Malcolm Wilson Rally (11th March), with all three men looking to improve on their Snowman Rally result. Steven Clark is another one to watch after a strong performance on the opening round. The Evo V driver was also out in Cumbria at the weekend to get more miles in the car.

Donnie MacDonald and Andrew Falconer will make their second outing in a Ford Fiesta R5, hoping to build upon the promise they showed on their home stages in Inverness.

Iain Wilson starts the Jedburgh event as top Challenger in his Subaru Impreza, but he will face tough competition from the likes of Simon Hay, Ross MacDonald and local man Michael Binnie.

Thomas Gray leads away the Juniors in the Borders, looking for a class win after coming so close on the Snowman. The Fiesta R2 driver became the first ever recipient of the SRC John Horton Star Driver Award in Inverness, so will be buoyed by this recognition with a special sun strip displayed on his car.

Dougal Brown will be looking to repeat the Scottish 2WD success he enjoyed on his home event, while Colin Baxter currently sits top of the tree in the battle for the www.usedcarparts.co.uk Subaru Cup.

The rally kicks off on Saturday morning for the SRC crews, before heading into the Craik and Wauchope forests for some challenging and flowing forest tests.

The 2017 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship is partnered by Pirelli Motorsport, Coltel Communications and Reis Motorsport Insurance.

The championship consists of seven forest events across the whole of Scotland, taking in over 300 competitive stage miles.

Keep up to date with all the latest news via the website, Facebook or Twitter.

Seeded Entry List

Posted: March 11, 2017 6:19 PM

No Driver/Co-Driver (Make Model) [Class]
1 David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Skoda Fabia R5) [BRC 1]
2 Tom Cave/James Morgan (Ford Fiesta R5) [BRC 1]
3 Fredrik Ahlin/Torstein Eriksen (Skoda Fabia R5) [BRC 1]
4 Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5) [BRC 1]
6 Euan Thorburn/Paul Beaton (Ford Fiesta R5) [BRC 1]
7 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [BRC 1]
8 Jonathan Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Citro?n DS3 R5) [BRC 1]
9 Jock Armstrong/Paula Swinscoe (Subaru Impreza) [11]
10 Martin McCormack/David Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [BRC 1]
11 Jamie Anderson/Ross Whittock (Ford Fiesta R5) [BRC 1]
12 Mike Faulkner/Peter Foy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [11]
14 Shaun Sinclair/Jamie Edwards (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) [12]
15 Matt Edwards/Darren Garrod (Ford Fiesta R5) [BRC 1]
16 Rory Young/Allan Cathers (Ford Fiesta R5) [12]
17 Rhys Yates/Carl Williamson (Ford Fiesta R5) [BRC 1]
18 Mark McCulloch/Michael Hendry (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [11]
19 Steven Clark/Paul Brown (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5) [11]
20 Donnie Macdonald/Andrew Falconer (Ford Fiesta R5) [NRC 7]
21 Freddie Milne/Chris Williams (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [NRC 6]
22 Alex Laffey/Dai Roberts (Ford Fiesta R5) [BRC 1]
23 Barry Groundwater/Neil Shanks (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [NRC 6]
24 Greg McKnight/Laura Marshall (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [11]
25 Scott McCombie/Mark Fisher (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [11]
26 Peter Stephenson/Patrick Walsh (Ford Focus WRC) [12]
27 Iain Wilson/Will Rogers (Subaru Impreza) [10]
28 Steve Bannister/Callum Atkinson (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
29 Simon Hay/Calum Jaffray (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [10]
30 Fraser Wilson/Craig Wallace (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [9]
31 John Morrison/Peter Carstairs (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [NRC 6]
32 Ross MacDonald/Matthew Johnstone (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [11]
33 Dougal Brown/Lewis Rochford (Ford Escort) [7]
34 John Wink/John Forrest (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [10]
35 Ian Baumgart/Mike Dickson (Subaru Impreza) [10]
36 Michael Binnie/Claire Mole (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5) [10]
37 Duncan Campbell/Gavin Chisholm (Subaru Impreza) [10]
38 Keith Morris/Martin Forrest (Mitsibushi Lancer Evo 6) [11]
39 Gordon Murray/David O Brien (Ford Escort MK2) [8]
40 Duncan MacDonald/Neil Ross (Ford Escort) [7]
41 Ian Forgan/Kathryn Forgan (Subaru Impreza) [10]
42 Matthew Thomson/Ian Graham (Subaru Impreza Gc8) [10]
43 John McClory/David Hood (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [9]
44 Marty Gallagher/Dean O'Sullivan (Peugeot 208 R2) [Junior BRC]
45 Thomas Gray/Daneil Forsyth (Ford Fiesta R2) [3]
46 Meirion Evans/Jonathan Jackson (Peugeot 208 R2) [Junior BRC]
47 Dean Raftery/Tom Woodburn (Peugeot 208 R2) [Junior BRC]
48 Angus Lawrie/Paul Gribben (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
49 Cameron Davies/Caron Tomlinson (Peugeot 208 R2) [Junior BRC]
50 Brian Watson/Caroline Will (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [11]
51 Alistair Ginley/Craig thorley (Ford Escort mk2) [5]
52 James Gibb/Jane Nicol (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [11]
53 Martin Craik/Steven Brown (Subaru Impreza) [10]
54 Carl Tuer/Rob Tuer (MG ZR S1600) [3]
55 Gee Atherton/Keaton Williams (Ford Fiesta R2T) [BRC 4]
56 William Creighton/Liam Regan (Peugeot 208 R2) [Junior BRC]
57 Garry Wilson/Hollie Wilson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [10]
58 Callum Devine/Keith Moriarty (Ford Fiesta R2T) [Junior BRC]
59 Fergus Barlow/TBC (Ford Fiesta) [Cadet BRC]
61 Ben Cree/Andy Brown (Peugeot 205) [2]
62 Dave Forrest/Charlie Carter (Ford Mk2 Escort) [5]
63 Jim Robertson/Mike Curry (Citroen C2R2) [3]
64 Graham Waite/Gill Cotton (Toyota Corolla) [3]
65 Fraser MacNicol/Keith Boa (Ford Escort Mk2) [4]
66 Keith Riddick/Mairi Riddick (MG ZR) [3]
67 Colin Baxter/Donald John Campbell (Subaru Impreza G8) [10]
68 Ken Wood/Gordon Wood (Triumph Dolomite Sprint) [8]
69 David White/Mathew White (Ford Fiesta R2) [BRC 4]
70 Arron Windus/Aaron Johnston (Vauxhall Adam R2) [Junior BRC]
71 Paul McErlean/Niall Mckenna (Ford Escort) [7]
72 Mike Stuart/Sinclair Young (Ford Escort MK2) [7]
73 Josh McErlean/Damien Duffin (Citroen C2R2 Max) [Junior BRC]
74 Darren Martin/Martin Steele (Subaru Impreza N10) [10]
75 Spencer Wilkinson/Glyn Thomas (Subaru Impreza) [BRC Produc]
76 Neil Coalter/Hannah Cessford (Suzuki Ignis) [1]
77 Scott McQueen/Andrew MacKinnon (Peugeot 205) [4]
78 Andy Chalmers/Martin Maccabe (Peugeot 205 GTi) [2]
79 Robbie Beattie/Dave Findlay (Peugeot 205 GTi) [2]
80 Oscar Solberg/Patrik Barth (Ford Fiesta R2T) [Junior BRC]
81 Josh Cornwell/Richard Bliss (Ford Fiesta R2) [Cadet BRC]
82 Michael Robertson/Gary McDonald (Subaru Impreza) [10]
83 Luke McLaren/Phil Kenny (Ford Fiesta ST) [6]
84 David McLoughin/Graham Robertson (Peugeot 205 GTI) [2]
85 Alex Pirie/Frazer Skene (Citroen C2) [3]
86 Alexander Ian Milne/Chris Robertson (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
87 Andrew Robinson/Kevin Wilson (Ford Escort) [5]
89 Steven Ross/Rowena Hay (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
90 David Coatsworth/Chris Pattison (MG ZR) [1]
91 Niall Cowan Jnr/Thomas Bruce (MG ZR) [1]
92 Graeme Sherry/Richard Wardle (Citroen C2) [3]
93 Martin Crombie/Osian Owen (Peugeot 106 gti) [3]
94 Michael Renton/Kenny Foggo (Peugeot 306) [6]
95 Terry Cree/Richard Shores (BMW TII) [5]
96 Paul Rawson/Paul Wild (Ford Escort) [5]
97 Alex Waterman/Harry Thomas (Ford Fiesta R2) [Cadet BRC]
98 Tom Williams/Bryan Hull (Ford Fiesta) [Cadet BRC]
99 Max Redpath/Callum Redpath (Peugeot 205) [2]
100 Peter Humphrey/Douglas Humphrey (Opel Kadett Coupe) [5]
101 Mark Shaw/William Munro (Subaru Inpreza) [10]
102 Ross Hughes/Neil Ewing (Citroen C2 VTS) [3]
103 Gina Walker/Richard Simmonds (Citroen C2) [3]
104 Andy Struthers/Grant MacNiven (Citroen C2 VTS) [3]
105 Billy Falconer/Eric Falconer (Peugeot 205) [2]
106 Grant MacRae/Martin Bruce (Ford Fiesta ST) [6]
107 Charlie Blaney/Adrian Wilford (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
108 Kevin Gray/Daniel Christie (Vauxhall Astra Gsi) [6]
109 John Rowan/Bridget Rowan (Talbot Sunbeam) [1]
110 Tommy Alexander Heard/Greg McCutcheon (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
111 Nabila Tejpar/Charley Sayer-Pane (Ford Fiesta R2) [Cadet BRC]
112 James McDiarmid/Max Haines Messenger (Ford Fiesta) [Cadet BRC]
114 Ali Galbraith/Del Galbraith (Ford Escort Mk 2) [7]
115 John Brownie/Gordon Ritchie (Opel Kadett C) [7]
116 Ian Heard/Denny Calder (Ford Escort Mk2) [4]
117 Scott Boyd/Fraser Jones (Peuget 205 GTI) [2]
118 Darren Tennant/Kieran Robert Waite Collin (Mitsubishi Colt) [3]
119 Elvin Thomas Smith/TBA (Citroen C2 VTS) []

Excitement builds in the Borders

Posted: March 1, 2017 5:03 AM

Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally receives entries boost as both British and Scottish Championships head to Jedburgh

Two of the biggest rally series' in the country will descend on the Scottish Borders in March as the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) and ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) join together to contest the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally.

The Jedburgh based two day event will play host to around 100 crews from across the world on the March 17th and 18th who will tackle stages in Wauchope, Craik and the Tweed Valley forest complex.

The event, sponsored by Glasgow based Brick and Steel Construction will, for the first time, be the opening round of the highly anticipated 2017 British Rally Championship and rally organisers Hawick and Border Car Club with Whickham and District Motor Club have devised a format which is worthy of its prestigious status.

The BRC crews will kick off the event under the gaze of Jedburgh Abbey at 6pm on Friday 17th March with an autograph and meet and greet session on Abbey Place in the town. With entertainment for all the family planned, it's sure to provide a fitting atmosphere as crews cross the start ramp at 7pm to head for two stages under the cover of darkness in the Craik forest.

After an exciting opening round in Inverness earlier this month, the hotly contested Scottish Rally Championship heads south for round two and around 70 series contenders from the championship will join forces with the BRC on Saturday 18th.
Adding to the mix, competitors from the www.c2rallyparts.co.uk Ecosse C2 Challenge, SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship and the HRCR Motoscope Northern Historic Rally Championship will also tackle Saturdays' stages ensuring spectators are in for a treat.

After an action packed day in the Scottish Borders forests, the field will return to the finish ceremony in Jedburgh at around 4PM where the victors from both the British and Scottish championships will spray the champagne, once again watched over by the historic Jedburgh Abbey.

Fans will also be well catered for during the event, with opportunities to watch the action in Craik forest on Friday night, then Wauchope on Saturday morning and two stages at Elibank later in the day.

Entries for the two day event have already surpassed the levels seen at this time in 2016 and the list is bolstered by a raft of British and Scottish Championship hopefuls. At the time of writing (28th February) organisers had received almost 70 entries, with more being received daily.

Event Clerk of the Course Clayton Lackenby is excited by this year's event and believes it could be one of the best yet.
"It's an honour to welcome the British Rally championship to the event for the first time and of course the Scottish Rally Championship too" he says.

"Having two of our greatest championships together in Jedburgh and the Scottish Borders is a fantastic prospect and there is a real buzz about the rally in the area. We have devised a challenging yet enjoyable format for the crews and the feedback we have so far is all positive."

But it's Friday 17th March which really has been the talking point.

"I don't think anyone can deny that rallying in the Borders at night time will be a truly unique experience and will certainly keep the British Championship contenders on their toes. We are working hard to put together an event which both fans and competitors will enjoy, we can't wait!"

Spectator information will be released closer to the event and more information can be found on the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally website at www.bordercountiesrally.co.uk alongside the event's social media feeds below:
www.facebook.com/bordercountiesrally
www.twitter.com/borderrally

Entries Received

Posted: February 1, 2017 2:22 PM

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On Line Entries / Regulations

Posted: February 1, 2017 1:32 PM

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The organisers of the Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally are delighted by the offer from British Rally Championship to be the first round of their 2017 series.

Posted: January 8, 2017 12:19 PM

We fully sympathise with our fellow organisers at Newtown & District Motor Club, having been in their position some time ago.

The fact that we have been approached is testament to the high standards set by all the events in the Scottish Rally Championship and expected by all that championships competitors.

Our route planning is already at a well advanced stage and we will now work with the BRC to see how best to bring their competitors into that plan. Further details will be announced next week at Autosport.

The team from Hawick & Border Car Club and Whickham & District Motor Club have approached this in a positive fashion and look forward to the challenge ahead.

Entries open Wednesday, 1st February 2017.

Event Website / Details

Posted: January 3, 2017 9:31 AM

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