The “Borders” 2020

A message from the Clerk of the Course and Club Chairman, Rupert Hine.

With the end of September, and having seen all the changes over the last week, we thought it would be helpful to update you on the Scottish Borders Safari.
As a club we remain committed to bringing you the best in cross country motorsport – an event that is fun, challenging, safe and benefits everyone involved, competitors, volunteers and the landowner and local community.
With the recent announcements by the governments both north and south of the border that has increased the level of lockdown we have been reviewing our plans.

Under the current level of social distancing we need to have robust plans to subdivide the service area, and self-catering accommodation in Scotland is currently limited to single household groups only. We also know that many crews will prefer to compete with a navigator. At the moment multiple occupancy of competition vehicles in Scotland is only permitted where the competitors are from the same household. We appreciate that this is a different situation to south of the border, but at the moment Scottish Government have a different approach. This has been under review in recent weeks and with the increasing level of infections they have postponed permitting indoor contact sports and multiple vehicle occupancy in Motorsport.

The Government are hoping that the current tightening of the regulations will reduce the transmission rate, but warn us that those tightened restrictions may last throughout the winter and therefore may even threaten
the beginning of the 2021 Motorsport season. Currently we have applied for a permit to run in November and had intended to open entries on 1 st
October. We also know that Scottish Government are expected to review their position by 5th October. With this in mind we will be postponing opening entries so that we know the latest advice from Scottish Government.
We hope that we will be able to bring you a safe, and fun event. Our event could represent a significant economic benefit to the local community. As we are all seeing at the moment, gathering people together also represents a potential risk of spreading coronavirus, especially when people are gathering from across the country. We will be watching very closely the information coming from both the UK and Scottish Governments and Motorsport UK, and will give you an update for entries opening as soon as possible after 5th October.


Thank you for your patience.


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Media Release

The Scottish Hill Rally Club has been keeping a very close eye on the guidance from Scottish Government and Motorsport UK during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We fully understand and would encourage all our members, competitors, marshals and officials to heed the current advice and fully support the closedown of motorsport till at least the end of June 2020.

However, this does not stop us dreaming about Cross Country motorsport!

With this in mind the Organising Committee are keeping in touch with our landowners about the possibility of a Short Course Comp Safari in Galashiels in the middle of August. This would only happen if the official advice allowed it and assuming all Social Distancing requirements could be met. It would also be fully dependent on making sure sufficient medical cover could be provided without detracting in any way from the NHS.

We are still working at being able to run the Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally on the 21st & 22nd of November 2020.

Normally at this time of year Vicky would be out doing route surveys, Rupert would be writing regulations, Helen would be contacting competitors, Ron would be booking Rescue and Recovery units, John would be pulling together all the stage furniture that will be required, Dean would be starting to chat up the Marshals, Campbell would be twisting Set Up Crew’s arms and many others doing many other tasks. These are all still happening! Quietly, in the back ground, from the comfort of our sofa’s during this period of lockdown. We are all ready to spring in to action as soon as we can get an official go ahead.

At the Scottish Hill Rally Club we realise life is currently full of frustration and restriction, but with patience we will race again!


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Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally, 21 & 22 November 2020

Early planning is underway for this years event. Given the disruption to all motorsport in 2020 due to Covid-19, it is very much hoped that this years event will be a great opportunity for a healthy number of cross-country competitors to let their racers really stretch their legs on a tough, challenging and rewarding contest across the forests, tracks and quarries of Forrest Estate in Dumfries and Galloway.

Watch this space…….

Photo credit: Fraser Wenseth

Justin Birchall, 2019 Champion
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