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2015 Jim Clark Rally will go ahead

Next year's Jim Clark Rally will go ahead if organisers agree to recommendations to prevent future accidents.

Three spectators were killed when a car left the road during the event in the Borders at the end of May.

A safety review was ordered following the tragedy, and the death of a woman at another rally in the Highlands in February.

Scotland's Sport Secretary told ITV News the Jim Clark Rally is important for the Borders economy, but the priority is the safety of spectators.

From Holyrood, our reporter Joe Pike has more.

'Permission granted' for 2015 Rally

The 2015 Jim Clark Rally will go ahead, according to Scotland's Sport Secretary, Shona Robison MSP.

But organisers will have to implement new safety plans in full.


Motor sport safety update

Changes outlined to keep motor sport spectators in Scotland safe Credit: ITV Border

The Motor Sport Event Safety Review Group has today released its initial findings on how to improve rally safety.

The Group was commissioned by the Scottish Government following the deaths of three spectators at the Jim Clark Rally in the Scottish Borders in May.

The group, led by former world motor racing champion Sir Jackie Stewart, is recommending that organisers and partners take the following steps to improve safety:

  • For each rally, an independent safety delegate should be responsible for the safety of staff, volunteers and spectators;
  • Both an event spectator safety officer and an event safety car should be used at multi-venue stage rallies;
  • Further consideration of improvements to training for rally marshals;
  • Improve safety messages given to the public;
  • Better ensure and promote the safety of media attending rallies.

Borders MP welcomes rally safety review

Scottish Borders MP Michael Moore has welcomed the creation of a new expert safety group following the deaths of three spectators on the Jim Clark rally.

The safety panel will examine safety at all motorsport events and Sir Jackie Stewart will provide expert advice.

" I am a huge fan of motorsport and I have always enjoyed watching the Jim Clark Rally. The tragic deaths of three people at the event this year has hit our community incredibly hard and I am sure everyone will welcome this review which must ensure that this tragedy is never again repeated.

“I am glad to hear that Sir Jackie Stewart will be involved in the review as he will bring his expertise to the table. It is vital that the review pinpoints areas where the Rally’s safety can be improved so that this long-held Borders tradition can continue for all to enjoy. "

– Michael Moore MP, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Iain Provan, 64, Elizabeth Allan, 63 and Len Stern, 71, were killed in what was the second of two crashes at the popular rally on May 31, 2014.

Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart joins safety review

A review into motorsport safety following the death of three spectators at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders will include Sir Jackie Stewart as an expert adviser.

The three people died at Little Swinton, near Coldstream, last month when a rally car came off the road and crashed into spectators.

The review will focus on spectator safety and will look at all types of motorsport that takes place in Scotland including motorbiking, karting and car rallies.

Sir Jackie, a former Formula 1 champion, will provide advice, based on his decades of experience in race safety around the world.

"Sir Jackie Stewart has a distinguished record of improving safety for drivers in Formula 1, so I am very pleased that he has agreed to share his experience to ensure that all those who want to enjoy motorsport events in Scotland are as safe as possible.

"The Review of Motorsport Event Safety is critical to make sure we learn lessons and never again have to witness the tragic events of last month, where three spectators sadly lost their lives."

– Sports Secretary, Shona Robison MSP

Iain Provan, 64, Elizabeth Allan, 63 and Len Stern, 71, were killed in what was the second of two crashes at the popular rally on May 31, 2014.

The review's interim recommendations will be made before the Isle of Mull rally on October 10 with its final conclusions made public by December.

Tribute to rally crash victim, Betty Allen

Elizabeth 'Betty' Allen Credit: Police Scotland

The family of Elizabeth Allen, known as Betty Allen, have paid tribute to her.

Betty died in the crash at the Jim Clark Rally at Little Swinton on Saturday 31st May.

In a statement released through Police Scotland, they said:

"Betty was a caring and loving daughter, sister, aunty and great aunt and will be missed immensely. We would ask that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time and allow us to grieve in private."


Safety reviews ordered in wake of Jim Clark rally deaths

Scotland's Justice Secretary has ordered a review into safety at public events and motorsport safety following the Jim Clark Rally tragedy.

Kenny MacAskill addressed the Scottish Parliament this afternoon with the latest into the crash that killed three spectators at the weekend. Our Correspondent Hannah McNulty was watching the speech.

'Hard lessons' to be learnt following rally tragedy

Kenny MacAskill, Scotland's Justice Secretary, has offered his condolences to the families of those who died at the Jim Clark rally on Saturday, 31st May.

He was speaking to Scottish Parliament regarding the incidents at the Jim Clark rally which resulted in three deaths and six seriously injured.

He further spoke of the 'hard lessons' to be learnt and how they may contribute to the safety of future events.

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