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Another varied weekend up in the Scottish Borders. With no Irish crews this year the International rally was all about the BRC. Craig Breen & Gareth Roberts (Fiesta S2000) took the lead after stage 1 before Keith Cronin & Barry McNulty (Impreza N15) took the lead until an excursion into a wall on the final stage of the day which saw Breen take over at the top overnight. Breen then extended his lead over the first loop of Saturday before increasing his advantage further on stage 9 when Cronin punctured and dropped to 4th overall. Disaster then struck as Breen retired on stage 10 with major engine damage after a mechanical failure. Alastair Fisher & Rory Kennedy (Evo IX) now led Gwyndaf Evans & Chris Patterson (Evo X) by just over 11 seconds. On stage Evans took the lead and extended it out to half a minute to take victory for the 2nd BRC round in a row. Fisher was a fine 2nd with Cronin have a trying event but happy to finish in the final podium place.

In the BRC classes Robert Barrable & Damien Connolly (C2R2 Max) won the R2 class and were 9th overall, Elfyn Evans & Andrew Edwards (Fiesta ST) took class R3 honours and were 13th overall which was not unlucky for the Evans family as they did the double on the Jim Clark. Lastly Mikko Pajunen & Janne Perala (Swift) were victorious in class R1 and 19th overall.

In the BRC challenge it was lining up to be a battle between the Nova of Julian Wilkes & Will Rutherford and the Corsa of Richard Archer & Tom Ward. Wilkes led initially before dropping behind Archer on stage 2 and then retiring after stage 3 with clutch issues. Archer then managed his car home to a comfortable victory on the Saturday. Callum Black & Paul Wakely (MG ZR) were a fine 2nd overall with Jonathan Cunningham & Richard Millener (Fiesta ST) 3rd overall.

In the National rally Andy Fenwick & Lee Tindall (Impreza WRC S8) led overnight from the Audi A3 Quattro of David Kynaston & Andy Russell but neither crew would finish the event as both suffered mechanical failures which saw them retire on stages 11 and 8 respectively. With the demise of Fenwick on stage 11 Simon Mauger & Ashley Trimble (Escort MkII) led by just under 4 seconds from a recovering Damien Cole & Craig Drew (Focus WRC). Mauger extended his lead on stage 12 before Cole passed him on stage 13 to take the lead and victory. John Stone & Lee Carter (Fabia WRC) were not far behind in 3rd overall and had been the nearest challenger to Fenwick earlier on before dropping time on stage 10. A late charge saw them recover ground to maintain their lead in the National Asphalt Championship.

The Historics Saw Darren Moon & John Stanger-Leathes (Escort MkII) take a start to finish victory as they led the rally throughout. 2nd place went to Russell Morgan & Martin Kenyon (Escort MkI) just over 15 seconds back after Moon took it easy on the last few stages. Charlie Taylor & Steve Bielby (Escort MkII) were half a minute off the lead in 3rd place after suffering a few poor stages when they were largely matching and beating the pace of Moon.

Last of the fields in the Friday and Saturday rallies were the Armed Forces Land Rovers. Ewen Christie & Curtis McKerlie eventually won by almost 3 minutes after a close battle with Alan Paramore & James Sunderland in the first half of the rally, before their retirement with an engine fire at the end of stage 9.

But this being the Jim Clark it is not all over there as on the Sunday we had the single largest field of the weekend for the Jim Clark Reivers rally. David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Focus WRC) may have missed the International rally because their Evo IX’e engine was not ready but they utterly dominated the Reivers rally with fastest times on all 8 stages. They won by over two and a half minutes from BRC regulars Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (Imprzea N15) who had missed the International rally following an intercooler failure on the shakedown. 3rd place and top placed Scottich championship crew went to Jock Armstrong & Christine Sanderson (Impreza) who were just 12 seconds back from Thorburn.

Video one day, who knows!

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