NEWS: brand new-Look 2016 MSA British Rally (@MSA_BRC) Championship Calendar
The 2016 events listing for the ever-well-liked MSA British Rally Championship has been unveiled today – featuring two welcome additions within the form of Rally Isle Of Man as well as Nicky Grist Stages, in addition to a range of seven events, on asphalt as well as gravel, spread right across the British Isles as well as eight classes spanning the spectrum of the sport. Ace!
8/9 April Circuit of Ireland, Belfast, Asphalt
30 April/1 May Pirelli Carlisle Rally, Carlisle, Gravel
25 June RSAC Scottish Rally, Dumfries, Gravel
9/10 July Nicky Grist Stages, Builth Wells, Gravel/Asphalt
19/20 August Ulster Rally, Asphalt
15/17 September Rally Isle of Man, Douglas, Asphalt
“The brand new-look BRC calendar is usually filled with some of the most iconic events in Europe as well as some brand new, exciting challenges – all ready to host the country’s premier rallying championship in 2016. The Builth Wells-based Nicky Grist Stages joins the schedule on 9/10 July as the first mixed-surface BRC rally since 1987. With gravel stages within the famous Welsh forests as well as Tarmac tests on the spectacular Epynt Ranges, the format will be similar to in which of the famous Welsh International of the 1980s.
“The legendary Manx International on the picturesque Isle of Man will return to the BRC on 15-17 September as the season finale. The island roads are the ultimate challenge as well as they will play host to the crowning of the 2016 British Rally Champion. With the event worth double points, however, the title battle is usually sure to go to the end of the very last stage of the year.”
The 2016 BRC season will be open to rally cars conforming to FIA homologated classes. The top category will see the exciting R5 cars do battle with S2000 as well as RRC cars at the front of the field, while support classes including the Junior BRC for R2 specification cars will showcase the very latest rally machines on the special stages. There is usually also a National Rally Cup for non-homologated cars in which have an MSA log book in which will compete over the same events with the same challenges.
BRC Championship Manager Iain Campbell is usually pleased with the final 2016 Calendar as well as is usually excited about the year ahead: “We are delighted to welcome the Nicky Grist Stages as well as Rally Isle of Man onto the calendar for next year,” he said. “To have a mixed surface event within the Championship within the form of the Nicky Grist Stages is usually a real coup as well as something the BRC hasn’t done since the ‘80s, while the Manx as well as the BRC go hand in hand as well as will provide a fitting double points finale.
“These two events are replacements for the Granite City Rally, which incorporates a brand new organising team for 2016, as well as the Jim Clark Rally which is usually back on gravel again for next year as the item cannot be certain of gaining the road closures required next summer.
“the item has been a real jigsaw puzzle to put the item all together, yet the events we have are among the best within the British Isles as well as we cannot wait to see the best drivers within the best cars fight for supremacy!”
The much-anticipated 2016 British Rally Championship season will start in Wales on 5/6 March for the Mid Wales Stages. The stages are classics as well as have recently been used on Wales Rally GB, the UK’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship. through Wales, the series will travel across the water to take on the classic Circuit of Ireland Rally before a run of gravel tests on the Pirelli Carlisle as well as RSAC Scottish rallies, with the mixed-surface Nicky Grist Stages shortly after. The BRC then travels back across the Irish Sea for the Ulster Rally before heading to the Isle of Man for the championship curtain call in September.
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