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Mixed success for Border drivers in Jedburgh

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

There was mixed success for local drivers at the Border Counties Rally in Jedburgh.

The event was the first round of the British Rally Championship and was won by Sweden's Fredrik Ahlin. Dumfries driver and pre-event favourite David Bogie hit a rock on Saturday, ending his hopes of a win. Welsh drivers Tom Cave and Osian Pryce took second and third spot.

Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong made it two wins in two years at the event when he won the Scottish Rally Championship section.

Duns driver Euan Thorburn took second place, with Kirktlebridge driver Mike Faulkner rounding off the podium.

"I didn't expect to win in very tricky conditions. We've had our moments, we did go off on one stage but luckily we managed to pull it round and keep it on the road so there's a lot of good competition but you know that's what you come for you know."

– Jock Armstrong, 2015 & 2016 Scottish Rally Champion
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

The event attracted thousand of spectators to the forests around Jedburgh. A lot of emphasis had been placed on spectator safety and there were no incidents to report, which pleased the organisers and drivers.

"There was a lot of people there and in some areas there were masses of crowds so along with being with the British Championship it pulled a lot of numbers in so it's very good for the area and good for the community."

– Jock Armstrong, 2015 & 2016 Scottish Rally Champion

Organisers hailed the event as a major success:

"On a scale of one to ten, probably 11 would be fair comment, very successful indeed.

"It's been an awful lot of hard work but 99 per cent very satisfied customers here in terms of the competitors so as an organising team very satisfied with how it's gone."

– Dave Robson, Assistant Clerk of the Course

You can watch Lori Carnochan's preview to the rally here:

And here's the full report of the weekend's action