JIM CLARK OUT FOR 2017

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The Jim Clark Rally will not run this year after fail­ing to gain a per­mit from the sport’s gov­ern­ing body amid an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into three deaths on the event in 2014.

The ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Scot­tish Govern­ment ruled that no fur­ther ac­tion would be taken against the or­gan­is­ers.

How­ever, a Fa­tal Ac­ci­dent In­quiry was then set up and un­til that is con­cluded the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion won’t give the event a per­mit to run.

An MSA spokesper­son said: “Every­one is un­for­tu­nately well aware that on the 2014 Jim Clark Rally three peo­ple trag­i­cally lost their lives in an in­ci­dent that will now be sub­ject to a Fa­tal Ac­ci­dent In­quiry (FAI) this sum­mer.

“The rally has not run in the two years since then and with the coun­sel of the MSA’S ad­vis­ers we are not in a po­si­tion to sanc­tion it this year.

“Like the rest of the ral­ly­ing com­mu­nity, the MSA will have to wait some time for the FAI out­come, but once that is known we will of course be en­ter­ing into dis­cus­sion with the Jim Clark Rally or­gan­is­ers.”

Dan Wright – Jim Clark Rally chair­man – said that the or­gan­is­ers of the rally weren’t con­sulted in the de­ci­sion.

“In any other work­place or sport­ing en­deav­our, rou­tine car­ries on while FAIS are un­der­way, so we don’t un­der­stand the in­surer’s rea­son­ing [of ad­vis­ing the MSA not to give the event a per­mit] be­hind this de­ci­sion,” said Wright.

“They [the MSA] may well have con­sulted ex­ten­sively with their in­sur­ance part­ners, but the rally or­gan­is­ers were not con­sulted.”

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