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The Jim Clark Reivers Rally has been cancelled af­ter it failed to garner the en­try nec­es­sary to break even.

On Tues­day evening last week, the or­gan­is­ers of the Scot­tish cham­pi­onship round took the de­ci­sion to call off the event, which had been sched­uled to run on June 5.

They had re­ceived 72 en­tries (in­clud­ing prom­ises) but had set their break-even point at 85, de­spite what the reg­u­la­tions stated, and the short­fall was too great for the or­gan­is­ing Jim Clark Memorial Mo­tor Club to bear.

Last year the event ran with 71 en­tries plus seven Land Rover teams and still made a loss. With the club not pre­pared to in­cur any fur­ther debt, the event, which uses an all-gravel for­mat, has been shelved for 2016.

It was in­tended that this year’s rally would be the club’s last foray in the woods be­fore re­vert­ing back to a closed road event next sea­son.

The 2017 route is al­ready in place but the club, Scot­tish Bor­ders Coun­cil and the lo­cal MP and MSP are still await­ing the fi­nal rul­ing from the Lord Ad­vo­cate fol­low­ing the tragic events on this rally two years ago when an ac­ci­dent claimed the lives of two me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives and a ‘guest’ trav­el­ling with them.

“It was a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to take,” said club chair­man Dan Wright.

“De­spite that, it was also a rel­a­tively easy de­ci­sion to come to. We are ex­tremely sorry for those crews who feel dis­ap­pointed but we had no choice. To run this year’s event at a loss would jeop­ar­dise next year’s re­turn.”

The Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Scot­tish cham­pi­onship of­fered a loan to the Reivers or­gan­is­ers. This would have saved the rally, but it would still have left the club in debt, and so the of­fer was re­fused.

Photos:writ­tle Pho­to­graphic, Roy Demp­ster, Jakob Ebrey

Jim Clark suf­fered from low en­try

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