MOTORSPORT returns to Charterhall this Saturday (April 2) when the Border Ecosse Club hosts its 2011 P.J. Plant Hire and Groundworks Charterhall Stages Rally.
The event is a counter in the Borders Rally Championship and the BECC Championship and has attracted a top class entry of 45 crews, many of them from the Borders.
Last year’s winner Gavin Ruler is the top seed in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3 but he will face still opposition from several local crews in the top 10 including Ian Campbell and Dick Wardel (Mitsubishi Lancer WC), Pete and Scott Hunter (Mitsubishi Evo 9), Dom Buckley and Doug Redpath (Subaru Impreza), Jock Threadgall and John Straughan (Metro 6R4) and Douglas Brydon and David O’Brien (Subaru Impreza).
Duns co-driver Doug Redpath will be co-driving for young Dom Buckley Jnr Jnr having previous co-driven for his father Dom Jnr and his father Dom Snr - quite an achievement!
Another interesting entry is the father and daughter team of Garry and Hollie Wilson from Duns in their Opel Manta.
The first of the six special stages gets underway at 9am and spectators very welcome (entry £5 per car).
One of the benefits of Charterhall is that spectators can wander around the pits and have a close look at the competing cars.
During its time as a venue for motor racing the circuit at Charterhall was driven by many of the world’s top drivers including Sir Sterling Moss, Roy Salvadori (later turning a team boss), Giuseppe (nino) Farina and Berwickshire’s very own Jim Clark.