Tuer gears up for rally wins

Jim Clark Rally
Jim Clark Rally

Jim Clark Rally 2013

Last weekend the main roads in the Duns area were closed for the high-speed action of the annual Jim Clark Rally.

Friday night and Saturday saw the running of a National Tarmac Championship Rally, with drivers coming from all over the UK to take up the challenge, while Sunday saw the Reivers Rally, a round of the Scottish Rally Championship.

After a double class win last year, the pressure was on for the Tuer Team to do the same again.

Bizarrely the 1600cc class battle was likely to be headed by Carl Tuer, from Alnwick, with his brother Rob, from Rock, on the notes, and his friend Kev Monaghan, from Swarland, with Chris Purvis alongside. Carl was in a Whitekirk Golf and Country Club MG ZR S1600 and Kev a PirtekVauxhall Corsa S1600.

After the Friday night, the pair lay first and second in class. After 20 miles, they were separated by just one tenth of a second.

Saturday saw a further eight stages where there was never more than a few seconds’ difference in any stage times.

Going into the final stage, the Tuer crew held a 15-second lead. Unfortunately the engine let go on the Pirtek Corsa in the final stage so the Tuer MG won the class for the second year running.

After two runs in the Reivers, the MG was lying 10 seconds down and in second place. Over the next three, the deficit was turned into a 27-second class lead.

It arrived back in Duns with a 30-second lead and second class win of the weekend.