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Full report: Safety measures increased for rally spectators

The Scottish rally championship returns to the region this weekend with the fifth round taking place in Dumfries.

It's been almost one month since three spectators were killed on the Jim Clark rally in the Borders.

With the tragic accident fresh in everyone's minds, safety is top of the list of priorities this weekend.

Lori Carnochan has been at the rally headquarters in Dumfries.

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Rally spectator stage spans a mile and a half

Hundreds of motorsport fans are arriving in Dumfries ahead of the Scottish Rally this weekend.

The event is the first round of the championship to be held after three spectators will killed at the Jim Clark in the Borders at the end of May.

Safety is a top priority on this year's event and a new spectator stage has been introduced, which will allow fans to watch the action from a safe distance:

New safety measures for Dumfries rally

The rally in Dumfries is the first since three people died at the Jim Clark rally last month Credit: ITV News Border

New safety measures will be introduced at the first major event in the motorsport calendar since three people were killed at the Jim Clark rally in the Borders last month.

The event, which takes place in the Dumfries area, forms part of the Scottish and British rally championships.

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Jim Clark Rally enters day two

The famous Jim Clark Rally is entering its second day.

It is the only closed road rally in the UK mainland, and includes the BRC Rally, National, Clubman, Historic, Reivers and Landrover rallies around the towns of Kelso and Duns.

The Rally Service Area at Springwood Park in Kelso is open to spectators today (Saturday 31st May).

At the end of the first day, Welsh driver Osian Pryce is leading the British Rally Championship section of the Jim Clark Rally after 8 stages.

Duns driver Garry Pearson in fourth position. Local driver Euan Thorburn's hopes of a Jim Clark Rally hat trick were dashed after suffering a puncture on Friday.

100 rally crews head for Border Counties Rally

More than 100 rally crews are arriving in Jedburgh for the second round of the Scottish Rally Championship.

The Border Counties rally takes place in and around the forests of Kielder in the Scottish Borders.

Dumfries driver David Bogie will be battling against Euan Thorburn from Duns for the overall honours.

Both drivers are competing in Ford Focus World Rally Cars around the 40 stage miles of the rally.

Penrith driver Paul Bird wins Malcolm Wilson Rally

Local driver Paul Bird has won the Malcolm Wilson Rally for a fourth time.

The Penrith man lead the rally from start to finish and took the win by 13 seconds from Duns driver Euan Thorburn.

Thorburn, who won the rally last year, suffered mechanical problems early on which cost him a lot of time.

It wasn't a good day for Dumfries driver David Bogie who broke the rear suspension, resulting in a puncture which cost him valuable time.

The current Scottish champion had to settle for fourth place behind Stephen Petch.

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