Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally

Round 2: Jim Clark Rally

Mark Higgins and Rory Kennedy returned to winning ways on the Jim Clark Rally, the second round of the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship this weekend, their third BRC victory in as many years on the event. The pair had a steady run after 2007 Champion and rival Guy Wilks retired on Saturday when his car caught fire, citing lack of concentration as the most difficult element of the event.

Drama unfolded behind them though; his brother's Team TQ.com Subaru struggling with a differential problem on the final loop of stages; David Higgins and Ieuan Thomas eventually falling into the grasp of the hard charging Stuart Jones and Andy Bull. Higgins' third place was, however, enough to elevate him to the lead of the British series with two rounds gone.

Jones' MG Super 2000 was a joy to hear on the fast tarmac stages and his stolen final stage second place puts the crew in an excellent second place in the Championship. He stated that the car "needed driving fast!", something he proved he was capable of, matching his best result in the BRC, after finishing second on Rally GB in 2006.

A career best fourth was James Wozencroft who had a completely trouble free run, suffering a little with a lack of top speed in his older Subaru. He and Jonny Greer had a good battle towards the end of the event, Greer running out of stages to catch "Woz", but finishing just 19 seconds down. Wyn Humphreys was a distant sixth after losing time with a broken radiator on Saturday. He managed to stem the flow slightly, even using a spectator's flask to top up the radiator mid stage.