Spectator is struck by car during Jim Clark Rally

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A SPECTATOR was airlifted to hospital on Sunday after being struck by a car whilst watching this year’s Jim Clark Rally.

The 36 year old from Yetholm was taking in the penultimate of the Reivers Rally close to Marchmont Station when he was hit by a driver who lost control of their vehicle and went onto the grass.

The incident happened at around 3.45pm on the final day of the rally and emergency services were promptly on the scene. The man suffered suespected head injuries and was airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

At the time of going to press a statement on the Jim Clark Rally official website read: ‘The spectator who was injured in the penultimate stage of Sunday’s Jim Clark Reivers Rally remains in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he is receiving treatment. He is expected to leave hospital in the next few days. The Organisers wish him a speedy recovery.’

And rally manager Colin Pagan said it was an unfortunate blot on what had been yet another terrific year for the event.

He commented: “Spectator numbers were ever so slightly down on last year but we’re still in a tough economic climate and looking at attendances for other sporting events we’re definitely holding our own.

“This year’s rally running spot on and everything was going well up until the collision. I would go as far as saying it was shaping up to be a perfect event so it was unfortunate it occurred.

“We’re still investigating just how it happened. One thing we are clear on is that the man who was struck shouldn’t have been in the area where he was standing.

“The driver lost control and racing tyres and grass is never a good combination. He was travelling at a relatively slow speed but I don’t know how far he carried the spectator with him. We will be continuing with our own investigations and the matter has also been passed to the Motorsport Assocation.”

Lothian and Borders Police carried out a full collision inquiry and no criminal investigation would be launched.