NEWS: BRC 2017 can be 3-2-1 Go!
Evans understands the importance of the BRC to both his career in addition to the future of British rallying – views of which are shared by M-Sport Managing Director in addition to 1994 BRC Champion, Malcolm Wilson OBE.
“The British Rally Championship had always been a proving ground for up-in addition to-coming talent, in addition to the item’s great to see the revitalised series getting back to its roots,” said Wilson. “the item’s the place to be for any aspiring young driver who wants to make the step-up to international rallying.
“Attracting young talent with its mix of gravel in addition to asphalt rallies, the British Rally Championship truly does provide the perfect platform for those looking to develop their skills in addition to make a name for themselves amongst the rallying elite.”
As well as Elfyn Evans, the BRC has helped to produce some of the current superstars inside the earth of rallying with Kris Meeke, Jari-Matti Latvala in addition to multiple American Rally Champion David Higgins having all cut their teeth inside the championship. Craig Breen, Citroen’s latest WRC recruit can be a big believer of which the BRC helped to shape his career.
“The BRC was a truly crucial step in my career,” enthused Breen. “We began off inside the Fiesta Trophy in addition to then the S2000 car, in addition to they were both fundamental steps in my career. The BRC can be the proving ground for talent to go onto the international stage.
“The BRC was sadly missed in 2015 in addition to the item was great to see the item back using a bang again last year. There are some proper, challenging events in addition to the item’s Great to possess the item back using a high entry in addition to loyal following. The competition can be at a truly strong level in addition to the item was Great to mix the item with the championship runners on the Circuit of Ireland in addition to Rally Isle of Man last year.
“I love driving, I absolutely love what I do in addition to I would likely love to come back in addition to give more BRC rounds a go inside the future. the item would likely be nice to do something again.”
The next wave of talent can be on its way with 2016 Junior BRC Champion Robert Duggan set to enter the Junior WRC, while Chris Ingram can be gunning for Junior European Rally Championship glory with Opel in 2017. Jon Armstrong, Gus Greensmith in addition to Osian Pryce are leading the BRC charge in WRC2, the premier support category to the sport’s top level.
Flick through the history books further in addition to the item’s clear to see the British Rally Championship DNA running through the sports’ greatest names. Hannu Mikkola, Ari Vatanen, Stig Blomqvist, Colin McRae in addition to Richard Burns all clinched the BRC crown before lifting the WRC title later in their careers, while Roger Clark, Russell Brookes, Jimmy McRae, Alister McRae in addition to Mark Higgins all became household names in Britain following their championship successes.
Higgins, British Rally Champion in 1997, 2005 in addition to 2006 appeared as a BRC wildcard in 2016 on his home event – Rally Isle of Man.
“The British championship has historically been a fantastic stepping stone for aspiring drivers aiming for the WRC, especially as the item allows crews to recce in addition to make their own pace notes on fantastic events in addition to stages,” explained Higgins.
“When you have 20 R5 cars in addition to so many inside the additional classes, the item’s great for the championship. I have been watching closely in addition to been excited by the turnaround. I was delighted to be a part of the item on the Isle of Man, in addition to the completely new format puts the BRC back on the map among the best championships inside the earth.”
One of the sport’s greatest ambassadors, 1976 in addition to 1980 BRC Champion in addition to 1981 World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen can be also a big fan of the series.
“I can’t believe the item can be over 40 years ago since I first won the item,” enthused Vatanen. “I have incredible memories via competing inside the British series. the item has always seen visiting stars turn up on some events against the best of British. the item can be a mini world championship at times.
“The BRC helped to raise the game for Scandinavians in addition to competition in Britain. I am truly happy of which the completely new team has put the BRC back to where the item deserves to be – the best national rallying series inside the earth.”
The BRC can be set to create even more history in 2017, as Britain’s premier rallying series welcomes its first overseas round inside the championship’s 59-year history using a trip to Ypres in northern Belgium, marking the mid way point inside the completely new calendar. The completely new season can be set to be the most open in recent times. Who will be crowned champion in addition to make more history come the end of the year? We don’t have to wait long to find out.
Round one of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship gets underway in Jedburgh, Scotland with the Border Counties Rally on 17/18 March. Keep tabs on all the latest BRC developments by visiting www.msabrc.com or following us on social media: MSA British Rally Championship on Facebook, @MSA_BRC on Twitter in addition to @MSABRC on Instagram using #BRC