Drivers rev their engines on way to Borders for rallies

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Two of the biggest rally series’ in the country will descend on the Scottish Borders in March as the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) and ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) join together to contest the Brick of Steel Borders Counties Rally.

The Jedburgh based two day event will play host to around 100 crews from across the world on March 17 and 18 who will tackle stages in Wauchope, Craik and the Tweed Valley forest complex.

The event, sponsored by Glasgow based Brick and Steeel Construction will, for the first time, be the opening round of the highly anticipated 2017 British Rally Championship and rally organisers Hawick and Border Car Club with Wickham and District Motor Club have devised a format which is worthy of its prestigious status.

The BRC crews will kick off the event under the gaze of Jedburgh Abbey at 6pm on Friday 17th March with an autograph and meet and greet session on Abbey Place in the town. With entertainment for all the family planned, it’s sure to provide a fitting atmosphere as crews cross the start ramp at 7pm to head for two stages under the cover of darkness in the Craik forest.

After an exciting opening round in Inverness earlier this month, the hotly contested Scottish Rally Championship heads south for round two and around 70 series contenders from the championship will join forces with the BRC on Saturday 18th.

Adding to the mix, competitors from the Ecosse C2 Challenge, SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship and the HRCR Motoscope Northern Historic Rally Championship will also tackle Saturdays’ stages ensuring spectators are in for a treat.

After the action, the field will return to the finish ceremony in Jedburgh at around 4PM where the victors from both the British and Scottish championships will spray the champagne, once again watched over by the historic Jedburgh Abbey.

There will be opportunities to watch in Craik forest on Friday night, then Wauchope on Saturday morning and two stages at Elibank later.