Everyone wants a slice of Jim Clark cake

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A REMARKABLE total of more than 280 crews have requested a slice of next weekend’s (May 27-29) action at the 2011 Jim Clark Rally.

As well as from all parts of the UK, entries have flown in from as far afield as Australia, Finland, Estonia and Ireland to make it one of the biggest weekends of the rallying calendar.

With five separate rallies on offer, the main International two-day event leads the way – showing the best entry in the series so far this year.

And back on home territory to thrill the crowds will be the leading crew of David Bogie from Dumfries and Kevin Rae from Hawick, currently blazing the trail as leaders of both the British and Scottish Rally Championships.

The British Championship takes to tarmac for the first time this year, and the leading 4WD cars will head the field for the first time - the 2WD cars having been given the honour on the earlier gravel rounds.

But following in their tyre tracks – and equally competitive in their own championships – will be the crews in the National, the Challenge, the Historic and the LandRover rallies.

The weekend’s competition ends on Sunday with a an entry of more than 100 crews in the Reivers Rally, a round of this year’s Scottish Rally Championship.

With more than 200 miles of competitive driving on offer, it all fires up on the evening of Friday, May 27, when once again the narrow streets of Duns will echo to the sound of highly-tuned cars as all five events tackle the testing – and spectacular – opening special stage.

Still the only event in mainland Britain run over public roads, closed specially for competition, it’s all shaping up for another tremendous weekend.

z Elsewhere, Scottish racing legend John Cleland has endorsed a new rally this summer that will resurrect iconic Borders stages, unused for more than a decade.

The Tweed Valley Stages rally will run on July 23, as part of the Borders Rally Championship, bringing back into commission the stunning routes of Elibank and Yair, last used in the late 1990s.

These famous stages were driven by the likes of ladies world champion Louise Aitken-Walker, the McRaes and Roger Albert Clark.