Duns driver Garry Pearson and Jedburgh co-driver Dave Robson carry the hopes of the Borders in the Jim Clark Rally (BRC).
In preparation for this week’s event Garry has been tarmac testing at the old Rest and be Thankful rally stage north of Tarbert. This will be only Garry’s second event in his new car a Peugeot 208 R2 and his first on tar. He explained: “We have been given tarmac suspension set-ups from Peugeot Sport in France, however most of these relate to French, Italian and Belgian roads as this car has not really competed in mainland UK on tar, so a test was important and I learned a lot.”
The Jim Clark is the second round of this year’s MSA British Rally Championship, unfortunately Garry and Dave Robson from Ancrum did not score any points on the first round the RBF Pirelli Rally after retiring from 4th place overall and leading the class - two thirds of the way through the event. A finish is a must in their local event as they are only allowed to drop one score in the MSA BRC.
Leading his class and reaching as high as eighth overall in last year’s Jim Clark Rally before spectacularly crashing out – this year Garry is seeded at No 6.
Garry drives part of the Duns stage every morning to work knows only too well that the famous Jim Clark stages have high risks and can catch you out in the blink of an eye. He added: “In 2012 we had a big spin on Abbey St Bathans and in 2013 we crashed out in the rain, so I have been bitten here like many before me. I feel confident in this new car and have great support from local business, the team working behind the scenes and many followers.”
Leading the BRC crews away are top seeds Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss in their Citroen DS3 R3T, followed by Ireland’s Daniel McKenna and Arthur Kierans, also in a Citroen. At No 3 is Mull’s John McCrone and James Morgan in Ford Fiesta R200.
St Boswells driver Ross Hunter, co-driven by Alnwick’s Josh Davidson, are seeded at No 15 in their Peugeot 205GTi while at No 20 is another St Boswells crew, Sean and Iain Robson in a Ford Fiesta ST+. Coldstream’s Des Campbell and Paxton co-driver Alex Orr are at No 23 in their Peugeot 206 Cup Car.