Alex Salmond described the Jim Clark Rally tragedy as “a black day for the Borders and for Scotland”.
In a statement issued after it was confirmed that three spectators had been killed, Scotland’s First Minister said: “The Jim Clark Rally is a long-standing event of over 40 years. It is much-loved in the Borders and by the rally-driving community who I know will share in our sadness at what is a black day for the Borders and for Scotland.”
Borders MP Michael Moore said there was “a palpable sense of shock everywhere in the Borders”, while Berwickshire MSP John Lamont, who lives in Coldstream, about two miles from where the fatal accident took place, added: “I know that everyone is shocked and saddened by this dreadful news.”
Berwickshire councillor Michael Cook said the events had “really rocked the community”.
He commented: “It’s a black day, there is no getting away from that fact.”
Scottish Borders Council convener Graham Garvie said the community had been “hit hard” by the tragedy.
“The Jim Clark Rally and rallying generally is a longstanding and important part of our culture here in the Borders, and our close-knit community has been hit hard by the events,” he said.
Councillor Frances Renton added: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of all involved. The whole community, not just here in Berwickshire, but also in the motorsport world is in total shock by these tragic accidents.”
Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “This incident will have come as a tremendous shock to the local community and wider motoring family. All across Scotland people are sharing the sadness of this tragic event and stand ready to support the local community.”