Rallying: Fourth place finish for Willan and Taylor at Berwick Classic Rally

Once again local rally competitors have achieved success – this time on the two-day Berwick Classic Rally.

This was a rally that featured 52 historic rally cars, all competing on an event that comprised of three ‘regularity’ sections and 19 competitive sections over privately owned land in the Scottish Borders during the weekend.

Dan Willan (Carnforth) and top ‘classic’ navigator Martyn Taylor were using a Volvo PV544, quite a large car for some of the tests and terrain.

After an average day on Saturday, the crew found themselves in 10th overall.

However, the Sunday route headed north of the Borders and into the areas used by the fabled Jim Clark Rally.

The route flowed more easily and contained many gravel surfaces which allowed the crew to better utilise the Volvo’s attributes.

Regularity 2 was a monster 2o+ miles – mostly over gravel tracks, swirling dust clouds indicating competitors progress.

With historic cars such as powerful Porsche 911’s, competition was fierce, however the manoeuvrability of the many Mini variants saw times keeping close among the field.

Final results saw the Willan/Taylor Volvo finish fourth overall and second in the H1 Class.

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