The Entry List for next month’s Jim Clark Rally on the weekend of May 21 to June 2 is now open. The organisers of the UK’s only ‘mainland’ closed public road rally have now published the Event Regulations and Entry Forms on their website.
Following the postponement of the opening round of the British Rally Championship last week in Wales, due to the treacherous snow and ice conditions in the forests, interest in the Jim Clark Rally has already been rachetted up. Competitors the length and breadth of the country now have seriously itchy driving feet!
That means the ‘Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally’ at Carlisle, over the weekend of 4/5 May, will be the opening round of this year’s top British rallying series while the Scottish Borders based Jim Clark Rally will become Round Two.
Ever since the Jim Clark Rally became a ‘closed public road’ event 16 years ago (1997), the Scottish tarmac has proved to be a veritable magnet for Irish crews. With long experience of closed public road rallying in Eire and Northern Ireland, the Irish have always been attracted to cross the water to experience a different challenge, take in the scenery and enjoy the Scottish hospitality.
Take last year for instance, Ireland’s Keith Cronin won the Jim Clark Rally outright while Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Greer was third, and top tip for this year’s British Championship title, Mark Donnelly was sixth last year!
So the news that the British Rally Championship organisers have signed up Stena Line Ferries as an official partner for the UK-wide series may encourage even more of an invasion this year. The 20% saving on ferry fares will apply to all BRC crews as well as those competitors in the Challenge, Historic, National and Clubman sections of the event. Safety and rescue crews, as well as marshals and fans are also eligible.
The organisers of this year’s JCR have launched their annual appeal for Marshals.
More information www.jimclarkrally.com/rally-information.