PE­TI­TION LAUNCHED TO SAVE JIM CLARK RALLY

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A pe­ti­tion has been launched to help the Jim Clark Rally re­turn to as­phalt as the ral­ly­ing com­mu­nity awaits the re­sults of an en­quiry into the fa­tal­i­ties on the 2014 run­ning of the event.

The Lord Ad­vo­cate – the chief le­gal of­fi­cer of the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment – is com­pil­ing a re­port into the in­ci­dent two years ago when three peo­ple were killed while spec­tat­ing on the rally.

While the wait con­tin­ues for the Lord Ad­vo­cate’s dossier to be pub­lished, the rally can’t run to a closed-road for­mat and the in­ci­dent re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The pe­ti­tion de­scrip­tion reads: “We would like the Lord Ad­vo­cate to bring his in­quiry re­gard­ing the fa­tal­i­ties on the 2014 event to a conclusion.”

It was re­ported that the rally brought in more than £3 mil­lion for the lo­cal econ­omy, while the gravel ver­sion has proved far less popular.

A Crown spokesper­son told MN of the en­quiry: “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, un­der the di­rec­tion of the Crown’s Health & Safety Divi­sion and the Scot­tish Fa­tal­i­ties In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit (SFIU), into the tragic events at the rally in 2014 con­tin­ues.the fam­i­lies will con­tinue to be kept up­dated in re­la­tion to any sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ments.”

Cal­lum Black – who was on the podium be­fore the 2014 event was can­celled – be­lieves the event of­fers an un­ri­valled chal­lenge. “It’s the only place you can do closed-road ral­ly­ing over here,” said Black. “You’ve got a stage like Abbey St Bathans where it’s all hap­pen­ing, there isn’t a minute to stop and think. It’s got a bit of ev­ery­thing, it’s a real chal­lenge.”

The Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship had in­cluded the event on its orig­i­nal cal­en­dar for 2016, but with­out closed roads, the rally lost that op­por­tu­nity.

To read the pe­ti­tion, visit: you.38de­grees.org.uk/pe­ti­tions/jim­clark-rally-we-want-our-closed-road­rally-back.

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