Saturday 1 June 2013

Rally - JCR off to flying start

Duns was busy last night

At close of play last night, Jukka Korhonen was leading the main BRC field in the Jim Clark Rally while Euan Thorburn was in charge of the National event runners.

And while Thorburn got off to a good start this morning, Korhonen spun on the first stage on cold tyres but still leads although Tom Cave has moved up to second place ahead of Osian Pryce. Alastair Fisher has dropped a wee bit to fourth ahead of Jonny Greer and Mark Donnelly. The first non Citroen DS3 in the top ten is Garry Pearson in 8th place in the Fiesta R2 just ahead of John MacCrone in 9th: “I ran out of brakes last night,” said MacCrone, “couldn’t stop, hit a banking and bent the rear beam. Then this morning I came across Desi Henry off, and Mark Donnelly was first on the scene so he lost even more time than me.”

Euan Thorburn leads the National after the first stage this morning from Damien Cole, both in Ford Focus WRCs, ahead of the two Subaru Imprezas of Steve Simpson and David Hardie. John Stone is fifth in the Skoda Fabia WRC with Simon Mauger entertaining in the crowds in his Escort MkII in sixth place.

The first stage of the day this morning did not run. It was cancelled ahead of the rally. According to the organisers: “the decision was made on the grounds of safety.” The stage was due to be run again this afternoon (15:51 Hrs)  but the organisers have stated that it will NOT run then either.

Attached photo shows the crowds out in force in Duns last night.

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