Entries open for the rallying highlight of the year

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The entry list is now open for the Jim Clark Rally and Jim Clark Reivers Rally, which will take to the roads of Berwickshire late next month.

And with the rallying season now well under way across the UK, competitors are wondering what lies in store on this joint second round of the 2014 MSA British Rally Championship and fourth round of the ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship.

For the moment, the two clerks of the course are staying tight lipped about the route and the stages, but this event is already pretty unique in both championships. Although the Ulster Rally (Rd 4) and Isle of Man (Rd 5) events are held on tarmac roads, the Jim Clark (Rd 2) event is the only one on the British mainland to run on closed public roads. As far as the national Scottish Rally championship is concerned, the JC Reivers Rally is the only tarmac event in an otherwise all-forest-based series.

Ahead of the Jim Clark Rally weekend, the British Rally Championship will stage the first round of its 2014 series in Carlisle on the weekend of May 3-4, while the third round of the Scottish Rally Championship will be staged in Aberdeen on April 26.

For the moment, Borderer Euan Thorburn (Duns) leads the Scottish Championship by two points (after two rounds) from David Bogie (Dumfries), with Hawick co-driver Kevin Rae, and Quintin Milne (Aberdeen), but as for the British Championship, we’ll need to wait till after the Pirelli Rally first round at Carlisle to see who the front runners are.

The regulations and entry form for both the Jim Clark and Reivers rallys are available on the event’s website: www.jimclarkrally.com