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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.

Daniel McKenna & Arthur Kierans (Fiesta R2) won the BRC RallyTwo category by a minute and a half from Chris Ingram & Stephen McAuley (Twingo R2 Evo), whilst in R1 Benjamyn & Jason Mckay (Twingo) were the only finishers. In the BRC Challenge Ross Hunter & Gary White (205) took victory by 40 seconds from Russ Thompson & Andy Murphy (Clio) with Steve Smith & Daniel Johnstone (206) a further 25 seconds further back.

In the REIS Get Connected Asphalt Championship Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (Focus WRC) made it back to back wins on the Jim Clark National Rally, beating Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh (Impreza WRC) by just over 20 seconds. Two minutes further back were Simon Mauger & Brian Cammack (Escort MkII) taking the rear wheel drive class and picking up the spoils after a clutch failure saw the demise of Damien Cole’s Focus WRC.

In the Historic rally much of the Saturday stage mileage was lost due to incidents in the earlier fields so in the end Gareth James & Steffan Evans (Escort MkII) overnight lead proved too much for Steve Bannister & Louise Sutherland (Escort MkII) to claw back as they missed out by just over 7 seconds on a surface they know better and familiar stages. Richard Hill & Pat Cooper (Escort MkI) had been battling hard with David Stokes & Guy Weaver (Escort MkI) and an off for Stokes on the Edrom stage saw Hill take a comfortable 3rd place and category 2 honours. In category 1 Dessie Nutt & Geraldine Mcbride (911) won by almost 40 seconds.

And finally the Land Rover rally was won by Alan Paramore & James Sunderland.

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