Jim Clark Rally organisers plan return to usual format for 2016

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This year’s Jim Clark Rally will return to its roots. For the past 17 years, the rally has been contested over closed public roads within the county of Berwickshire, but in a change to the format, this year’s event on Sunday 31st May will run on private Forestry Commission gravel roads.

Previously a three day motor sporting extravaganza, this year’s rally will revert to a one day competition ahead of a more ambitious programme for 2016.

Clerk of the Course, Colin Smith confirmed the new route: “The ‘Reivers’ part of the annual Jim Clark Rally is traditionally a separate National event run on the Sunday after the International part of the rally on Friday/Saturday, so we are sticking with the Sunday run, ahead of a return to the usual format next year.

“We are planning to have five Special Stages in Kielder Forest. The rally will start from Kelso in the morning before heading south over the border returning in the afternoon for the rally finish back in Kelso.”

This will ensure the continuity of a sporting event which can trace its roots back to 1970. As International Clerk of the Course, Russel Blood, said: “The organising team is split into two groups, one manages the two-day Jim Clark Rally event, while the other is responsible for the one-day Jim Clark Reivers Rally. Naturally both teams work closely together.”

He confirmed: “We are currently planning a return to the traditional three-day event next year, and work is well underway, but there will be changes to the timetable and format.”

This year’s Jim Clark Reivers Rally will be the fourth round (of eight counting rounds) of the 2015 ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship.

The entry list will open in early April. Regulations and entry forms will be published shortly.