The classic tracks of the Scottish Borders and Kielder Forest will once again be reverberating to the sound of rally cars when the annual Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally gets underway from Jedburgh on Saturday 5th April 2008 .
Comprising round two of the popular 2008 MSA Pirelli Gravel Rally Championship, as well as the opening round of the clubman-based ANCRO Rally Challenge, the organising team has been hard at work securing the best stages available for the event which follows a similar format to last yearâ€™s successful venture and sees Harwood Forest once again incorporated as well as a centralised service area at the Otterburn Airstrips.
With the National â€˜Aâ€™ event set for seven stages totalling around sixty miles, and the supporting National â€˜Bâ€™ rally offering forty-five miles over six stages, both with minimum road mileage, demand for entries is bound to be high so the message from the organising Whickham and District Motor Club and Hawick and Border Car Club once again is â€˜book early to avoid disappointment!â€™
The organisers are also planning a â€˜Mini BCRâ€™ to allow novice crews the opportunity of experiencing forest rallying at a subsidised cost. This is expected to comprise two stages within the Harwood complex, totalling around fifteen miles.
As well as the ANCRO-organised 2008 MSA Pirelli Gravel Rally Championship, the National â€˜Aâ€™ event will incorporate qualifying rounds of The Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge and Cup, the Subaru Group N Trophy and a number of regional championships. Regulations will be posted out to registered competitors on or just after Monday February 11th whereby they will be also available on the official website as well as a downloadable entry form at www.bordercountiesrally.co.uk or by calling Secretary of the Meeting Steve Nesworthy on 0191 529 0634 or 07773 420666.