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Jim Clark Rally: Organisers confirm event plan

Police car near scene of the incident
Image caption Three people were killed at last year's edition of the Jim Clark Rally

Organisers of the Jim Clark Rally have confirmed plans for an event on private roads after it was ruled it could not be held on closed public roads.

Three people were killed while watching last year's event.

For the past 17 years the rally has been held over closed public roads in Berwickshire.

However, organisers said it would "return to its roots" this year with an event on 31 May on private Forestry Commission roads in Kielder Forest.

Iain Provan, 64, Elizabeth Allan, 63, and Len Stern, 71, died on a stage near Coldstream at last year's event, prompting a review of motorsport safety.

Scottish Borders Council ruled the traditional three-day event could not be held while investigations into that incident continued.

Now a one-day competition will take place instead with a "more ambitious programme" planned for 2016,

Clerk of the Course, Colin Smith confirmed the new route: "We are planning to have five Special Stages in Kielder Forest.

"The rally will start from Kelso in the morning before heading south over the Border into Northumberland, returning there later in the afternoon for the rally finish, back in Kelso."

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