Rally organisers ‘devastated’

The organisers of the Jim Clark Rally say they are devastated after three people were killed while spectating on today’s event.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with the event are with the family and friends of those involved in this tragic accident,” said a statement on the club’s website this evening.

This was the 44th running of the Jim Clark Rally, which has always been held in the Borders area of Scotland, around the town of Duns, home of Scottish motor racing legend Jim Clark.

The event has previously had an excellent safety record. The accident took place during Special Stage 16, at Swinton, and the remaining two stages of the rally were immediately abandoned.

Tomorrow’s Reivers Rally has also been abandoned. Berwick and District Motor Club, Border Ecosse Car Club and the governing body, the Motor Sports Association, are reported to be co-operating fully with the police investigation.

As with any serious incident on a motor sport event, the MSA will conduct its own thorough enquiry once the police investigation is concluded.

Organisers also say that, out of respect for those injured in the incidents, and with due consideration for the feelings and goodwill of the community, rally stewards in consultation with clerks of the course decided that Sunday’s Reivers Rally has also beenabandoned.