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Daily Archives: June 1st, 2013

As a place steeped in history, it’s safe to assume a fair few different flags have been raised in the Scottish town of Kelso over the course of history. But Saturday 1 June will be one of only a few times an Australian flag has been flown in the Scottish border post. The Redback Racing crew of Adam Spence and Erin Kelly celebrated their result on the Jim Clark Memorial Rally by unfurling a giant version of their home country’s flag across the windscreen of their EuroRallye Honda Civic Type R.

Contesting a British rally for the first time, Spence and Kelly set out to treat the Clark as a learning experience – aiming to build up their speed whilst enjoying being part of one of the UK’s most iconic motor sport events. The Clark – held on closed tarmac roads in the Scottish Borders – has a reputation as being one of the most unforgiving events, with the potential to catch out even local crews who drive the roads on a daily basis. Read More »

Swift-01Darlington rally driver Paul Swift continued his great 2013 form into this weekend’s Jim Clark National Rally whereby, despite some problems, he came away with a superb 12th place overall to record his best result in four years on the event. Read More »

SONY DSCWith a bumper field and a largely pleasant weather forecast the lanes of the Scottish Borders were set to be buzzing to the sound of rally cars. In the BRC the event was once again dominated by the Citroen DS3 R3T’s. On his less favoured surface Jukka Korhonen & Marko Salminen took an overnight lead with 5 fastest stage times from 6 stages. 2nd were Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble with Tom Cave & Ieuan Thomas just 3rd. On the opening stage of Saturday Korhonen almost blew all of his lead with an early spin on Swinton. With the lead now slashed and Cave charging hard from 3rd place followed by Osian Pryce & Dale Furniss from an overnight 4th place, the rally became a 4 way battle. Cave set a string of fastest stage times with Pryce fastest on all the others bar one for Korhonen. With just one stage to go Korhonen’s lead was just 0.1 s over Cave, whilst Pryce was a comfortable 3rd having passed Fisher. Korhonen had the bit between his teeth and held back the Welsh charge to set fastest stage time and win by 2 seconds from Cave. Read More »

After six stages of the Jim Clark Rally, the positions in the MSA British rally Championship reflect exactly those at the finish of round one just a month ago, with Jukka Korhonen first, Alastair Fisher second and Tom cave third.

The result has surprised several of the front running crews, none more than Korhonen himself, who had stated his desire to just finish on the podium on his least favourite surface. Read More »