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Jim Clark Rally - DATE CHANGE - 8-9 Nov 19

Posted: November 9, 2019 4:03 AM - 3716 Hits

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Preview - 'International' Line-Up for Jim Clark Rally

Posted: November 5, 2019 10:56 AM

Did you hear the one about the Irishman, the Scotsman, the Englishman and the Welshman? They're all contesting this weekend's Jim Clark Rally in Duns.

The return of the Jim Clark Rally has been welcomed right across the country and despite the end of season date, many of the country's top amateur drivers and their co-drivers are heading to the Scottish Borders. Ahead lies a choice selection of the country's finest stretches of testing and demanding roads which will be closed by Act of Parliament for a few hours to allow the competition to take place.

Where tractors and Royal Mail vans provide the normal backdrop to country life, the roads will be busy with specialised machines of a very different nature. The sound of high performance engines will replace the rhythmic chug of tractors for a few hours before being handed back to their more habitual custodians.

Heading the entry list is top Irish driver Josh Moffett. Winner of 6 rallies in Ireland and Northern Ireland this season so far, this will be his first ever competitive run out on Scottish tarmac. At number two is top Scot, David Bogie. With one British and five Scottish rally titles already under his belt the Dumfries driver is coming across country to Duns "just for the craic". Unlike Moffett who will be at the wheel of the latest generation 4WD Ford Fiesta R5, Bogie will be driving his cherished RWD Ford Escort Mk2.

All the way from Hertfordshire is the number 3 seed Robert Swann. For this weekend, the Englishman will swap his Subaru Impreza World Rally Car for a Ford Fiesta WRC machine which will be able to take the fight to Moffett. Another Scot fills the number 4 slot, former race driver Alan Kirkaldy. Fresh from victory in his Fiesta R5 just a few weeks ago on the Cheviot Stages at Otterburn, Kirkaldy will have his eyes on a bigger prize this weekend.

From Wales comes the number 5 seed Hugh Hunter with his Ford Focus World Rally Car. Hunter hasn't won a rally this season - yet, and will be keen to make amends this weekend. Rounding off the top six is Manchester's Steve Simpson, another Fiesta R5 front runner and in his third change of car this year! Filling the next three places are three more drivers in 4WD machinery, Lincolnshire's Andy Fenwick in a Fiesta R5 and two more Scots both in Mitsubishi Lancers, local farmer Michael Binnie from Cornhill on Tweed and Inverness car dealer Donnie MacDonald. Completing the top ten line-up is another local hope, Garry Pearson, but like Bogie he has opted for a RWD Ford Escort Mk2. Unlike Bogie, this will be Pearson's first ever run out in a Mk2 and he's relishing the challenge. He started rallying in front wheel drive cars and moved on to four wheel drive machines. This will be his first rally where "the wheels are pushing rather than pulling".

That's not to say he won't be competitive. Like Bogie, if conditions are right for the two wheel drive brigade, then the total traction faction will have to keep an eye on their rear vision mirrors.

The outlook for fun and frolics this weekend remains bright and promising, and the organisers will welcome careful and considerate spectators. To that end, four separate spectator areas have been created for fans to gather and cheer on their favourites.

All the information for would-be spectators is available on the event website, link below.

Seeded Entry List

Posted: November 5, 2019 10:39 AM

1 Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes (Ford Fiesta R5 Mk2) [11]
2 David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Ford Escort Mk2) [8]
3 Robert Swann/Darren Garrod (Ford Fiesta WRC) [11]
4 Alan Kirkaldy/Cameron Fair (Ford Fiesta R5) [11]
5 Hugh Hunter/Calvin Cooledge (Ford Focus WRC) []
6 Stephen Simpson/Patrick Walsh (Ford Fiesta R5) []
7 Andy Fenwick/Harry Marchbank (Ford Fiesta R5) [11]
8 Michael Binnie/Claire Mole (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [9]
9 Donnie Macdonald/Andrew Falconer (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [10]
10 Garry Pearson/Dale Bowen (Ford Escort Mk2) [8]
11 Gordon Morrison/Sean Donnelly (Ford Fiesta R5) [11]
12 Dale Robertson/Stuart Loudon (Ford Fiesta R5) [11]
14 John Indri/Mathew Smalley (Mitsubishi Mirage R5) [10]
15 David Hardie/John McCulloch (Ford Fiesta R5) [11]
16 Ross Brusby/Sam Collis (Ford Escort Mk2) [8]
17 Lewis Gallagher/Sinclair Young (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [9]
19 John Marshall/Scott Crawford (Ford Fiesta R5) [11]
20 Simon Chapman/Peter Foy (Proton S2500 Millington) [10]
21 Chris Ford/Matt Daniels (Ford Fiesta R5) [11]
23 Paul Swift/Richard Simmonds (Ford Escort) [8]
24 Alan Gardiner/Robin Nicolson (Ford Escort Mk2) [8]
25 Ian Forgan/Chris Lees (Subaru Impreza) [11]
26 Mark McCulloch/Michael Hendry (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
27 Ian Paterson/Allan Paterson (Subaru Impreza) [10]
29 Steve Bannister/Callum Atkinson (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
30 Ross Hunter/Martin Woodcock (Ford Fiesta R5) []
31 Lee Hastings/TBA (Subaru Impreza) []
32 James Ford/Jack Morton (Ford Escort Mk2) [8]
34 Willie Paterson/Euan O'Neill (Ford Escort) [8]
35 Keith Robathan/Steven Brown (BMW M3) [8]
36 Nigel Atkinson/Keith Atkinson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [10]
37 Pete Gibson/Chris Dodds (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [9]
38 Carl Tuer/Rob Tuer (Suzuki Swift) [3]
39 Paul Doroszczuk/Julian Doroszczuk (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
40 Barry Renwick/Warren Scott (Ford Escort Mk2) [8]
41 Billy McLelland/Gerry Bryden (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3) [9]
42 Jon Trenholme/Alison Trenholme (Subaru Impreza) [9]
43 Joe Mckeand/Callum Shanks (Subaru Impreza) []
44 Kieran O’Kane/Barry Mc Gleenon (Opel Ascona) [8]
45 Billy Cowe/Peter Carstairs (Subaru Impreza) [10]
46 Drew Gallagher/David Crosbie (Skoda Fabia) [10]
47 Anth Eaton/Ian Jackson (Fiesta R4) [10]
48 Jim McDowall/Charlotte McDowall (Subaru Impreza) [9]
49 Stevie Irwin/Kevin Mathers (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
50 Des Campbell/Craig Forsyth (Peugeot 206) [3]
51 Peter Stewart/Jane Nicol (VW Polo S2000) [10]
52 Christopher Grieve/Paul Makepeace (Peugeot 106 GTI) []
53 Neil Thompson/Katie Stimpson (Vauxhall Corsa Kit Car) []
54 Robbie Pearson/Alasdair Mcilroy (Peugeot 205) [4]
55 Max Redpath/Callum Redpath (Subaru Impreza) []
56 Neil Roskell/Mark Mason (Subaru Impreza) [9]
57 Andrew Turner/Richard Winstanley (Honda Civic) [3]
59 Cameron MacLean/Richard Christensen (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
60 Kev Dunn/Gary White (Honda Civic) []
61 Allan Cameron/Angus Williams (Subaru Impreza N12B) [9]
62 Stephen Bethwaite/Ann Forster (Vauxhall Nova) [1]
63 Gregg Lithgow/Alan Todd (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
64 George Ross Auld/Richard Stewart (Ford Escort) []
65 Norman Macphail/James Braithwaite (Escort Mk2) [7]
66 Mark Ewing/Mark Runciman (Subaru Impreza) []
67 James Thomson/Sean Douglas (Vauxhall Nova) [1]
68 Darren Martin/Brad Sowerby (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [9]
69 Geoffrey Gallagher/Lee Gallagher (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [9]
70 Martin Page/Michael Anderson (Mini Cooper S) [6]
71 John Marshall/Chris Pattison (MG ZR S1600) [3]
72 Graeme Sherry/Eoghan Anderson (Peugeot 205) []
73 Michael Renton/John Shepheard (Peugeot 306 gti6) [6]
74 Kevin Knox/James Knox (Chrysler Sunbeam) [7]
75 Malcolm Davey/Paul Slingsby (Ford Escort Mk1) [5]
76 Gavin Lloyd/Gordon Clark (Vauxhall Nova) [1]
77 Martin Murray/Peter Weall (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
78 Andy Gray/Howard Pridmore (Peugeot 205GTI) [2]
79 Gina Walker/Allana Wilson (Vauxhall Astra) []
80 Hamish Grant/Stewart Hurst (Ford Escort Mk2) [8]
81 Johnnie Mackay/Emily Easton-Page (Ford Fiesta ST) [6]
82 Phil Morton/Jo Emma Hind Morton (Honda Civic) [3]
83 Graham Roberts/Stephen Spear (Rover MG ZR) [6]
84 Sarah Dunn/Hannah McKillop (Peugeot 205) []
85 Scott Balgowan/Ben Balgowan (Vauxhall Nova) [1]
86 Drew Barker/Shona Hale (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
87 Simon Stewart/James Burns (Vauxhall Corsa) [1]
89 Peter Mosgrove/Dan Hurst (Subaru Impreza) [9]
90 Sandy Arbuthnott/Ian Arbuthnott (Ford Focus) []
91 Sam MacFadyen/Cameron Dunn (Subaru Impreza) [9]
92 Stephen Hall/Aggie Foster (Triumph TR4) [5]
93 Geoff Simpson/Bruce Lindsay (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [9]
94 Ian Logan/Carin Tait-Logan (Ford Escort Mk2) []
96 Robert Cumming/Bob Irvine (Vauxhall Astra) [1]
97 Jamie Hope/Andy Brown (Peugeot 106) [3]
98 Gareth Frank/Sam Spencer (Vauxhall Firenza) [5]
99 Douglas Dale/Gavin Keymer (Land Rover Freelander) [12]
100 Ian Sykes/Frances Julia Sykes (Land Rover Freelander) [12]

Class
1 = 2wd Cars up to 1450cc
2 = 2wd Cars 1451cc to 1650cc 8 valves or less
3 = 2wd Cars 1451cc to 1650cc more than 8 valves
4 = 2wd Cars 1650cc to 2050cc 8 valves or less
5 = Historic Category 1,2, 3 and 4 rally cars as defined in the General Regulations of Motorsport UK
6 = Front Wheel Drive Cars 1651cc to 2050cc more than 8 valves including R2T cars
7 = Rear Wheel Drive Cars 1651cc to 2050cc more than 8 valves
8 = All 2wd cars over 2051cc inclluding all R3T cars
9 = Any other 4wd car, not classified in class 10 or 11 without a sequential gearbox (including previously FIA homologated Gp N 4WD cars)
10 = FIA Homologated GpA 4wd cars, FIA Homologated Super 2000 cars & FIA Homologated R4 cars, and any cars previously homologated as such, providing these run as per their FIA homologation papers. All Metro 6R4s and any derivative there from.
11 = FIA Homologated WRC cars and cars previously homologated as such and FIA Homologated R5 cars. Any derivative therefrom.
12 = Land Rovers - by invitation only
= Not confirmed

Entries Received / On Line Entry

Posted: October 1, 2019 2:44 PM

Preparations Well Underway

Posted: August 29, 2019 10:49 AM

Planning for the forthcoming Jim Clark Memorial Rally has stepped up a gear with the announcement of a new Clerk of the Course to further strengthen the experienced organising team.

David Gray from Newry in Northern Ireland will oversee the preparation and running of the rally which is scheduled to take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of November 2019.

David brings with him a huge amount of experience and knowledge in running major events in Northern Ireland where Closed Road Rallying is the norm rather than the exception. A former highly successful competitor in his own right he has switched roles over recent years first through motor club activities and local events and later to National and International competitions.

In 1995 he 'retired' from active competition and commenced duties as a Steward with Motorsport UK, the sport's governing body throughout The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In 2004 he was appointed Steward and Observer with the FIA, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, which is motor sport's world governing body.

In addition to his ongoing duties with Motorsport UK and the FIA he is Chairman of a unique Northern Ireland body called 2&4 which represents both Regulated Car and Motorcycle Clubs at Government Level.

He therefore brings to the Jim Clark Rally organising team not just his huge experience and wide ranging knowledge, but he has a knack for dealing with volunteers and amateur sports people, and an ability to deal with motor sporting governing bodies and politicians at local and national level. He also brings a fresh insight into the sport of Closed Road Rallying which to date has only had two regular events on Scottish soil, here in the Borders and on the isle of Mull.

Commenting on his appointment David Gray said: "I'm looking forward to the challenge and working with a new team."

Rally Chairman Dan Wright added: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome David, our new Clerk of the Course, to the Jim Clark Memorial Rally. We have the same ambitions for the future of the rally and are looking forward to working together to deliver it!”

The Jim Clark Rally on 8th and 9th November represents the culmination of the work and the willingness of many people throughout Berwickshire, from farmers to shopkeepers, hoteliers and business folk as well as MPs and MSPs, Councillors and Police to ensure that this major sporting event returns to the area.

The organising team are currently finalising the Event Regulations and Entry Forms for competitors and more details on the planned route will be announced shortly.

THE JIM CLARK MEMORIAL RALLY, 8/9 November 2019

Posted: April 19, 2019 7:04 AM

The annual Jim Clark Memorial Rally is back under Starter's Orders. Following the final completion of new legislation by the Scottish Government this week, the way is now open to bring the rally back to Berwickshire.

Originally the organisers sought to run this year's event on their previous end-of-May date, but, having checked with the 'Motorsport UK' competition calendar, this clashes with other events around the UK in this very busy season.

However, in a bid to get back on the road, the organisers have opted for an end-of-season date which would cause the least interference to a very busy motor sporting calendar.

Following discussions with Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland the new dates have been confirmed as the 8th and 9th of November 2019.

Many people have worked tirelessly to ensure that the sport can return to 'closed roads' and following a recent public consultation process, support for this type of event proved overwhelming.

At the forefront of this campaign were the two clubs most affected by these changes in Scotland, Mull Car Club and the Jim Clark Memorial Motor Club. However this could not have been achieved without the unstinting support of the sport's governing body, Motorsport UK, and the Scottish Parliament's supportive and encouraging team in Transport Scotland.

Throughout this process both Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland have worked with the Jim Clark Rally organising team to ensure that the rally would be ready to run once the legislation process had been completed.

To that end, a number of options with regard to route and timetable have been evolving at Rally HQ and once final plans have been completed, more details will be revealed in due course.

Potential rally competitors, officials, volunteers and fans right across the UK can now mark their diaries with two important dates, 8th and 9th November 2019, and plan their routes to the eastern Scottish Borders.

STATEMENT FROM THE ORGANISERS OF THE JIM CLARK MEMORIAL RALLY

Posted: March 5, 2019 5:33 AM

The organisers of the Jim Clark Memorial Rally have been greatly encouraged by recent developments in the Scottish Parliament to help overcome the barriers to closed public road rallying to Scotland. Such a move will bring the country into line with other parts of the UK including Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Wales and England.

The recently concluded Public Consultation on the new proposals proved there was an overwhelming desire for such a move which would benefit not only motor sports fans, but also many other sporting interests and pursuits. The Public Consultation process attracted 3,788 replies of which slightly more than 98% were positive.

Business and commercial interests, as well as local authorities, also welcomed these positive steps especially on the Isle of Mull and in the Scottish Borders which led the way in establishing the sport on 'mainland' UK.

To that end, the organisers of the Jim Clark Memorial Rally have been maintaining contact and continued working with Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland in hopeful anticipation that rallying could return sooner rather than later. Arrangements and plans are already in place to facilitate a quick resumption of the sport on completion of the parliamentary process.

Potential rally competitors, officials, volunteers and fans right across the UK are therefore advised to 'pencil in' two important dates, 24th and 25th May 2019, and plan their routes to the eastern Scottish Borders. With a bit of luck and goodwill, it should soon be possible to allow those interested to confirm the date in ink!

The Analysis report can be read at:

Statement issued by: The Jim Clark Memorial Rally executive committee.
Date: 4th March 2019

Event Website

Posted: March 5, 2019 5:32 AM

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