New routes set to feature in Jim Clark Rally

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The 2012 Jim Clark Rally is now just four weeks away and organisers have announced that some new mileage will feature during this year’s event.

This year’s route will include high speed action on some new-look stages. Roads in the Auchencrow area will feature for the first time as an addition to the International and National Rally’s ‘Edrom’ stage. Running over both fast ‘B’ roads and narrow classic Berwickshire county lanes the organisers are promising a great new challenge for the drivers.

Not to be outdone, the Reivers Rally will also feature an extension to the Bothwell stage which has not been used by the Scottish Rally Championship counter before.

The rally, which runs on a special Parliamentary Order, was first run on the closed roads of the Scottish Borders back in 1997. The order limits the event to operating the necessary closures within the old county boundaries of Berwickshire a limit that restricts the number of roads available.

The rally takes place at the start of the Queens Jubilee bank holiday weekend between June 1 and 3 and starts on the Friday evening with the popular Duns ceremonial start and street stage.

The rally, round four in this year’s British Rally Championship, retains most of the classic stages, including Abbey St Bathans, which will this year be part of the eight- stage 100 mile Saturday itinerary. All of the events which make up the Jim Clark’s ‘Great Rallying Weekend’ also retain their Duns start and finishes.

On behalf of the organising team, Colin Pagan, the rally manager said: “We have always managed to put together a route interesting to both drivers and spectators and this year is no exception.

“The committee are forever trying to improve and find new challenges but after 14 years we thought we had looked at all of the possibilities, so to be able to find and utilise more of these excellent rallying roads is great news. I’m sure the competitors are particularly going to enjoy them.”