THREE local crews are getting ready to do battle against the best in the UK at next weekend’s Jim Clark Rally, a round of the National Tarmac Championship.
It is the only rally on the UK mainland to take place on closed public roads.
All three cars are running in the very competitive 1600cc class, which has the most entries of all the classes on the rally. These 1600 pocket rockets deliver well over 200hp, rev to 9000 rpm and run sequential gearboxes.
Last year’s class winners brothers Carl and Rob Tuer from Rock and Alnwick will be out in their usual Whitekirk Golf Course-sponsored MG ZR S1600, while last year’s runner-up Kev Monaghan and Chris Purvis, from Swarland, will be out in their Pirtek sponsored Corsa Super1600, with its recent engine and suspension upgrades. Finally, returning to the class will be Chris and Katherine Singer, from Alwinton, in their newly-acquired Saxo S1600, sponsored by Stanners Equipment of Morpeth.
So not only will there be a battle against the best in the country, but even more so for top local honours.
The action starts on the night of Friday, May 27, with a spectator stage around Duns town centre, before heading up the hills to do two long and very technical stages, followed on the Saturday by the fast and flowing stages around Duns and Kelso.