Jim Clark Rally Ready to Run

The biggest motorsport event to hit Scotland kicks off tomorrow (May 22) as the Jim Clark Rally 2009 gets underway.

The 39th Jim Clark Rally will feature around 300 cars competing over Friday 22 - Sunday 24 May making it arguably the biggest-ever weekend of rallying to be staged in the UK.

Since 1997, the Jim Clark Rally has been mainland Britain’s only special stage rally to use public roads, specially closed under Act of Parliament, for flat-out rally competition.

This year the event will begin in Edinburgh – where Scotland’s late double world racing champion Jim Clark was schooled – with a spectacular ceremonial start at the FountainPark Leisure complex from 4pm.

After the ceremonial start in Edinburgh the focus of the rally will switch to the Borders.  Over the three days, spectators can choose from 25 special stages set throughout Berwickshire, ranging in length from the nearly 13-mile long Leitholm test to the shortest stage, at just over one mile.  In a first for the rally a 1.2 mile sprint will take place through the streets of Duns - the market town just a few miles from what was the family home of the world champion the event commemorates.

All the action featuring the top crews in the 2009 MSA British Rally Championship's third round, the Jim Clark International Rally, will be shown on Sky Sports Xtra at 10pm on Bank Holiday Monday (May 25).