Borders’ drivers gear up for Mull weekend

BRC Challenge Winner Ross Hunter with co-driver
BRC Challenge Winner Ross Hunter with co-driver

It’s the biggest challenge on the British club rallying calender attracting competitors from all four corners of the UK and Ireland.

It more than doubles the local population for a week and injects in excess of £5m into the island economy at the end of the tourist season.

It’s the annual Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally.

Based in Tobermory, Salen and Craignure each year, the competition uses a number of stretches of public roads for up to five hours at a time during 30 hours of fast and furious competition which starts on Friday evening and finishes in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It’s also one of the most friendly motor sports competitions – in the world.

There is a good contingent of Borderers taking part in the event. Highest seeded of those (at 26) is St Boswells driver Ross Hunter in a Peugeot 205. He will be co-driven by Longframlington’s Josh Davison.

Other Borders competitors are: Ken Dunn (St Boswells) and James Braithwaite (Melrose), Vauxhall Nova; Stephen Lockhart (Oban) and David O’Brien (Duns), Mitsubishi Evo 7; Ross Marshall (Tullibody) and Dave Robson (Jedburgh), Ford Escort; Nick Thorne (Earlston) and Ian Murray (Edinburgh), Subaru N10; James Allan (Oban) and Mike Dickson (Galashiels), Subaru WRX; Blair Brown (Kinross) and Richard Simmonds (Duns), Ford Fiesta R2T; Ian Shiells (Kelso) and Nicola Ritchie (Insch), BMW Compact.