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Organisers of the Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally are delighted to announce that the 27-29 May event will play host to some of the biggest rally championships in the country in 2022 as the rally returns to the British motorsport calendar.

The closed public roads around the Scottish borders will welcome the top-flight Motorsport UK British Rally Championship for the first time since 2014 as arguably the best drivers in the business will head to Duns to do battle on the opening two days of the event.

Also heading to Berwickshire in May will be the scintillating Protyre National Asphalt Rally Championship. The ever-popular sealed surface series has been a supporter of the Jim Clark Rally for many years and heads back to the event as part of a new-look calendar for 2021.

Sunday 29th May will host the popular Scottish Rally Championship contenders as they tackle the Jim Clark Reivers Rally, offering the same enticing stages of the region, but packed into a single day of competition. The championship will enjoy a mixed surface calendar once again next season and the Jim Clark Rally hosts the first of two sealed-surface encounters.

An iconic feature of the local area, the motorsport weekend made a successful return in 2019 after a two-year hiatus. Despite running in November, a sizeable shift away from its more traditional Spring date, the rally was hailed as a resounding success and organisers were in full-swing planning for a return to a larger scale event in 2020 when the pandemic forced its cancellation.

A similar fate befell the 2021 running but the enforced sabbatical has ensured the hardworking committee could produce a strong offering for the coming year, attracting attention from some of the biggest rally series in the country.

Sponsored by Beatson’s Building Supplies, the biggest independent building materials firm in Scotland, the rally is set to offer thirteen special stages in the Borders with a mix of traditional favourites and an exciting new test. From the rally start in Duns on Friday night, crews will tackle two stages before the overnight halt. Saturday provides the bulk of the mileage before an early evening ceremonial finish for those fortunate enough to make it through the day.

Sunday’s event marks a return for the popular “Reivers” event with another action-packed day on offer for those not wanting to contest the longer two-day blast.

“We are of course delighted to welcome the British Rally Championship, Scottish Rally Championship and National Asphalt Rally Championship to the Beatson’s Jim Clark Rally in 2022,” said Clerk of the Course Colin Smith.

“It’s a true testament to the hard work the team have put in over the years and seeing these prestigious championships heading to Duns in May is fantastic for the event and the local community. It’s a real boost for us all and it will be fantastic to see some of the best drivers in the business battle it out over some of the finest roads in the country. It’s going to be a superb spectacle and further enhances our place as the leading closed-road event in the country.”

“Plans are progressing at a fast pace for the event with our event permits now granted and the Motor Race Order having been submitted by the team. We would like to extend our thanks to the championships for their continued support and of course our sponsor John Marshall of Beatson’s Building Supplies for his unrivalled backing.”

Image credit: Eddie Kelly Motorsport Photography

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