Campbell is new Border Ecosse Club champion

Border Ecosse Winners. Des Campbell and Alex Orr receiving there tarmac championship awards from Keith Renton, sponsor.
Border Ecosse Winners. Des Campbell and Alex Orr receiving there tarmac championship awards from Keith Renton, sponsor.

COLDSTREAM’S Des Campbell picked up the club champion trophy for 2011/12 at the Border Ecosse Car Club awards night.

Members were in their best gear for the annual dinner dance and presentation of awards at Kelso Race Course. A good turnout of over 115 members and guests attended the event and an excellent night was had by all.

Campbell scored the most points over the year in events ran by the Berwickshire club. Among his achievements, he won the Borders Tarmac Rally Championship, three autocross tests and a navigational road rally.

St Boswells-based Brother Motorsport and Citroen Racing Scotland received the achievement award. The team from Charlesfield provided essential mechanical back-up at 19 events throughout the season from a full Scottish Championship assault in the forests of Scotland to the treacherous tarmac on the Isle of Mull and all the venues in between.

The overall lady champion, was Christine Sanderson from Berwick, while Garry Pearson from Duns picked up the achievement award.

The newcomer award was presented to to rallying, Alex Orr from Paxton, and the commitment to motorsport prize was given to Gordon Hay from Eccles. The Melvin Cup, chosen by the chairman, went to Jackie Neil from Leitholm.

Border Ecosse Car Club Ltd will be holding their annual general meeting on Wednesday, March 21, at Royal British Legion, Roxburgh Street, Kelso at 7pm. All BECC members are welcome to attend.

Meanwhile, the 2012 MSA British Rally Championship gets under way this weekend with the Sunseeker International Rally in Bournemouth.

Garry Pearson makes a triple debut with his first run in the full BRC in his new left-hand drive Renault Twingo. Pearson hasn’t driven the Twingo in anger yet and hasn’t driven a left-hand drive car on gravel before.

If this wasn’t enough of a challenge, he also has a new co-driver, Craig Wallace from Fife. This year, Pearson will be eligible to compete in the BRC Junior Championship and will also contest the Twingo Trophy.