The Jim Clark Rally could make return
The return of the Jim Clark Rally is edging nearer and organisers are asking people to take part in the Scottish Government's consultation on motorsports on closed public roads.
Named after Berwickshire’s famous world champion racing driver, the rally started in 1970 and took place annually until disaster struck in 2014 when three people died after being hit by a car on one of the stages on closed roads near Swinton.
For the past four years there has been no Jim Clark Rally on closed roads (in 2015 it was run on forest tracks at Kielder), costing the local economy £3.5million a year in lost revenue.
Various reviews of safety at motorsport events and a Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of Iain Provan, 64, Elizabeth Allan, 63, and Len Stern, 71, are now concluded - Sheriff Kenneth Maciver ruling the deaths could have been avoided had it been clear that spectators or photographers were prohibited from standing in the area where the accident took place.
The Scottish Government is now looking at introducing new legislation to cover closed road motor sports and has opened up an online public consultation which runs until January 28, 2019.
The Jim Clark Rally Facebook page states: ‘We need your support. A positive outcome would allow the revival of the Jim Clark Rally.’