The Entry List for next month’s Jim Clark Rally is now open.

The Entry List for next month’s Jim Clark Rally on the weekend of 31st May to 2nd June is now open. The organisers of the UK’s only ‘mainland’ closed public road rally have now published the Event Regulations and Entry Forms on their website – (see below).

Following the postponement of the opening round of the British Rally Championship last week in Wales, due to the treacherous snow and ice conditions in the forests, interest in the Jim Clark Rally has already been rachetted up. Competitors the length and breadth of the country now have seriously itchy driving feet!

That means the ‘Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally’ at Carlisle, over the weekend of 4/5 May, will be the opening round of this year’s top British rallying series while the Scottish Borders based Jim Clark Rally will become Round Two.

Ever since the Jim Clark Rally became a ‘closed public road’ event 16 years ago (1997), the Scottish tarmac has proved to be a veritable magnet for Irish crews. With long experience of closed public road rallying in Eire and Northern Ireland, the Irish have always been attracted to cross the water to experience a different challenge, take in the scenery and enjoy the Scottish hospitality.

Take last year for instance, Ireland’s Keith Cronin won the Jim Clark Rally outright while Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Greer was third, and top tip for this year’s British Championship title, Mark Donnelly was sixth last year!

So the news that the British Rally Championship organisers have signed up Stena Line Ferries as an official partner for the UK-wide series may encourage even more of an invasion this year. The 20% saving on ferry fares will apply to all BRC crews as well as those competitors in the Challenge, Historic, National and Clubman sections of the event. Safety and rescue crews, as well as marshals and fans are also eligible.

BRC Manager Mark Taylor said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce this official partnership with Stena Line who has agreed to provide a major discount for all participants. This isn’t just a welcome boost for the BRC and Irish competitors, but also for the sport as a whole, as the deal is open to anyone involved in any way travelling to any of the seven events. Full details and access to booking can be made via the Championship office and website.”

And just as the Entry List has now opened, the organisers of this year’s JCR have launched their annual appeal for Marshals. Last year there were over 100 Officials and 600 Marshals involved in the running of the three day sporting festival and more are needed again this year.

Marshaling is open to anyone of all ages and experience. Those who have never officiated before will be paired with ‘old hands’ and it’s a great way to get close to the action - and up close and personal with the teams. It also provides a great excuse to get out of the armchair and enjoy a healthy dose of fresh air.

Everyone who marshals on the rally also gets a ‘goodie bag’ which usually contains snacks, a free rally programme and something to remember the event by! More information on the Jim Clark website.

As Clerk of the Course George Hay said: “Marshals are the lifeblood of our sport. No matter how many entries we get from competitors, if there were no Marshals, there would be no rally. Simple as that. Like many other amateur sports in this country, we are dependent on these enthusiastic and willing volunteers to come out and stand at their post in all weathers – although hopefully the weather will be kind to them this year at the end of May!”

Event Regulations and Entry Forms on their website here.

The Jim Clark Rally, supported by Scottish Borders Council and EventScotland, will now be the second round of both this year’s MSA British Rally Championship and the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship run over the weekend of 31st May to 2nd June.