t’s ‘Double Duns’ for all in Jim Clark Rally

Jim Clark Rally 2010 overlooking Duns Town Centre.
Jim Clark Rally 2010 overlooking Duns Town Centre.

As the countdown to this year’s Jim Clark Rally continues the organisers have released final details of the route and itinerary.

The event, which takes place over the Queens Jubilee weekend, sees six individual rallies take to the closed public roads of Berwickshire.

Once again Duns plays host to the opening of the event though with some changes to the usual and previously published procedure.

The Ceremonial Start has gone, replaced instead with a parade of the international cars followed by an autograph and interview session while their machines are displayed in the town.

The competition gets underway with potentially the weekend’s quickest cars, the World Rally Cars from the National Rally, being first to blast through the town’s special stage.

Having rejigged the format all five of the rallies which start the ‘Great Rallying Weekend’ on Friday will now entertain the massive crowds with two runs over the popular street test.

Saturday’s route comprises four long stages in a double loop with nearly 100 miles of competition. Kicking off with the 16 mile classic Abbey St Bathans, the day includes new roads added to the Edrom section, a repeat of last year’s double looped affair around Ayton and is completed with a lunchtime back to back run over Fogo.

And in another change from the norm’ the organisers have opted for a 40 minute Saturday service which is double the more usual FIA prescripted stop and is bound to be popular with the clubman element taking part in the event.

Three venues make up Sunday’s menu; there are two consecutive runs at both Bothwell and a permutation of the Eccles stage not seen for some years and a single run over the extremely fast Swinton stage. With the International Rally finishing back in Duns at 14:30 the Scottish Rally Championship element of the weekend, the Reivers Rally, goes on with an extra shot at those infamous Swinton crossroads