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Jim Clark Rally spectator safety warning

The organisers of this year's Jim Clark Rally have had a struggle to put together an event just 12 months on from the tragic accident in 2014.

At one point it looked like they would have to cancel the rally completely due to the amount of work required to change it from a closed tarmac event to a forestry event.

However, they've managed to put together the rally which has attracted 80 teams and thousands of spectators are expected to watch on Sunday.

The spectators going into the forests are being asked to adhere to the instructions given by organisers and safety marshals.

If we find any spectators ignoring these instructions and putting themselves or others in danger then we do have the right to cancel the stage. We want everyone to go out and have a fun day at the rally, but most importantly a safe day.

– Graeme Provest, Deputy Clerk of the Course


Duns gears up for Jim Clark weekend

Allan McNish at the Jim Clark Museum. Credit: Jim Clark Trust

A display of classic cars will be on show in Duns this weekend, along with one of Scotland's most successful racing drivers, for the Jim Clark Weekend.

The free public event is being held in the hometown of Formula One legend Jim Clark.

There will be a static display of cars that he raced in on Saturday, and a parade of racing cars through the town on Sunday. There will also be a tractor parade, to celebrate Jim's local farming roots.

The weekend is to celebrate 50 years since Jim Clark's famous 1965 season, when he won his second Formula One World Championship, the Formula Two World Championship, Indianapolis 500, and the Tasman Championship.

One of Scotland's top current racers will also be there - Allan McNish - who has three Le Mans 24 Hour Race titles to his name, and is himself a former Formula One driver:

I am very much looking forward to visiting Duns for the Jim Clark Weekend on what is going to be a fantastic celebration of Jim's success.

It will be really cool to see an extremely rare Lotus 38 similar to the Indy 500 winning car and classic Lotus F1 cars in which he claimed his World titles, cars that in his hands brought so much success and also pride to our country."

– Allan McNish

The event is being organised by Club Lotus, and the Jim Clark Trust.

Earlier this year the Trust announced plans for a new £1.2 million redevelopment of the existing Jim Clark Museum in partnership with Scottish Borders Council.

Scottish Borders Council praise Rally organisers

The rally will go ahead but not on closed roads Credit: ITV Border

Scottish Borders Council has responded to the announcement that the Jim Clark Rally will go ahead this year, but in a different location.

Organisers were forced to look elsewhere as investigations continue into a crash that killed three people during last year's closed road event.

But while the local authority ruled that the rally can't be held on the Berwickshire roads in 2015, organisers plan to hold a rally in the Kielder forest instead with a base at Kelso.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said:

"We are very pleased that the rally organisers have managed to arrange an event for this summer, and that it will be based in the Scottish Borders.

"The use of private land is a good alternative to ensure a Jim Clark Rally can take place in 2015, and we continue to look forward to the event's return to closed public roads in the future"

– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson

Lamont: Rally news 'welcome'

MSP John Lamont has welcomed the news that this year's Jim Clark Rally will be going ahead:

“It is very welcome news that the organisers of the Jim Clark Rally have been able to organise a special stage event for 2015.

"I am especially pleased that the rally will start in the Borders, before heading across the Border.

"I also look forward to meeting with the Lord Advocate shortly to discuss what can be done to ensure the planning for the 2016 event is not unnecessarily delayed.”

– John Lamont, MSP Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
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