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Bugatti International Rally visits Abbotsford House

More than 100 cars have gathered in the grounds of Abbotsford House Credit: ITV News Border

More than 100 Bugatti cars from 16 countries are visiting Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders.

Bugatti owners are meeting for lunch in the marquee in front of Sir Walter Scott's former home, as part of the 50th International Rally.

The visit is part of a 600 mile over five days, which will include stops in Peebles, Alnwick, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Balmoral and Loch Tay.

The cars are situated in the grounds of the Abbotsford House Credit: ITV News Border

Carlisle revs up for British Rally Championship

Carlisle is preparing for one of the largest motorsport events in the region, as the first round of the British Rally Championship arrives in the city.

More than 100 crews are taking part in 22nd running of the the event, which is based at Carlisle Racecourse.

Spectators can visit the "rally village" where they can meet drivers, buy merchandise and learn about rallying.

The Rally begins tomorrow with a Ceremonial Start in Carlisle Town Centre between 10.30am and 1pm.

Competitors will then head off to Pundershaw forest for the first of three stages before returning to the racecourse for service.

For more information visit the British Rally Championship website.

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Dumfries rally champ takes victory in Aberdeen

Kevin Rae (L) and David Bogie (R) at the finish of the Granite City Rally Credit: ITV News Border

The current four times Scottish rally champions, David Bogie and Kevin Rae, drove their way to victory at the Granite City Rally on Saturday (20th April).

The Aberdeen based rally was the second round of the Scottish Rally Championship, and taking overall honours means the crew now sit at the top of the table.

The event was the third outing for the 25-year-old from Dumfries in his Ford Focus World Rally Car, and he says he is now feeling more comfortable with his new wheels.

David said:

"It was great to hold on to the trophy from last year, and feels good to be back on top. The car worked very well for us and feels like it's all coming together now. The last two stages were awesome.

"Kev done a brilliant job on the notes as always. I'm looking forward to the Jim Clark rally next month as it will be my first event on tarmac in the new car."

Aspatria's Mike Faulkner missed out on second place by just one second, after Chris Collie from Aberdeen pulled off his best drive to date.

Borders driver Euan Thorburn and Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong, both retired after suffering technical problems.

M-Sport opens doors

A famous rally racing company in Cumbria is opening its doors to students to try attract potential race engineers for the future.

M-Sport, which manages the award-winning Ford World Rally team, is holding a seminar for 20 people to answer their questions on opportunities in the industry.

The Cockermouth business employs more than 200 people and has been the brains behind Ford's rally racing since 1997.

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