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Jedburgh to host British Rally Championship opener

Credit: Border Counties Rally

It's been announced that the Border Counties Rally will host the first round of the British Rally Championship.

The Jedburgh-based event is already a firm favourite on the calendar of the Scottish Rally Championship, but after the cancellation of the Mid Wales Stages, organisers have decided to use the Borders event as the season opener for the elite British series.

It's expected that the event will bring a welcomed boost to the region's economy, with thousands of spectators expected over the weekend of 18th March.

A strong contingent of local rally drivers will be among the favourites to win the event. These include reigning Scottish Champion and Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong, Duns driver Garry Pearson and 2011 British Rally Champion David Bogie from Dumfries.

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If you're a motor sport fan then you'll be pleased to hear that next year the British Rally Championship are hosting three of their seven events in our region

The Pirelli Rally, based in Carlisle will take place in April.

The following month, drivers will get to grips with tarmac as they take on the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders. And finally in June they'll head to Dumfries for the classic stages of the the Scottish Rally.

Three British Rally Championship events are to be held in our region Credit: ITV Border

Local economies are also expected to benefit by millions of pounds.

Lori Carnochan has been along to the championship launch at Greystoke near Penrith.

The British Rally Championship is to return to the region next year

The British Rally Championship will be returning to the region next year Credit: ITV Border

After a one year break the British Rally Championship is returning next year, with three rounds taking place in our region.

The Pirelli Rally, in Carlisle, the Dumfriesshire- based Scottish Rally and the Borders' Jim Clark are expected to bring in millions to the local economies.

It is going to be back now we have the top class drivers coming out in the top cars onto the top events and that's what our sport needs and that's what our sport's about.

– Iain Campbell, Manager, British Rally Championship