First run in 1958, the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship has been the making of many a rally legend with five BRC Champions going on to become World Rally Champions. It has been the series that has launched careers, seen manufacturer campaigns delivered and entertained millions of rally fans at home and abroad.
The 2017 Prestone MSA British Rally Championship returned with a bang on events across the British Isles. Britain’s premier rallying series took in asphalt special stages and gravel tests on seven rallies in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Belgium, with the championship curtain-call on the legendary Isle of Man. Timed to the tenth-of-a-second, the iconic British stages provide the perfect backdrop for the best drivers in the best cars to go head-to-head for overall supremacy. The championship was decided by one tenth of a second on the very last stage of the season.
Open to all rally cars that conform to FIA homologation regulations, the very latest rally machines tackle the special stages that make up each round. There is also a National Rally Cup for cars that have an MSA rally log book competing on the same course.
The much-anticipated 2018 championship will get underway in March on the Border Counties Rally, Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. Offering a real challenge for the season-opener, encompassing classic stages including Yair, Elibank and Cardrona, as well as visits into the notorious Kielder Forest complex. Starting and finishing outside the picturesque Jedurgh Abbey, the rally takes over this Border town.
The series heads to England for round two, the Pirelli International Rally. This all-gravel event is not for the faint-hearted as crews tackle the famous Kielder Forest, the largest forestry complex in the UK. The roads are fast, narrow and have huge ditches on either side to catch out the unwary. Adding to the challenge, all the competitive 80 miles will take place on the Saturday before the celebrations back in Brampton that evening.
The BRC’s newest addition is in keeping with the series’ international pedigree, with round three set to entertain overseas audiences with a visit to the legendary Renties Ypres Rally in June. Britain’s best will go toe-to-toe with the finest crews in Europe on the demanding asphalt roads of northern Belgium. The majority of the stages will be the same as in 2017 so that the BRC crews can use the knowledge gained last year on this specialist event.
From Belgium the championship travels across the Irish Sea to the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally. The famously bumpy, unforgiving Irish lanes offer two days of rallying, with late running on the Friday before a full day of competition the next day. BRC crews will go up against their Irish Championship counterparts to see who is best on the asphalt.
The penultimate round sees us visit the picturesque Isle of Man for three days of titanic Tarmac action. The Manx lanes have it all – a spectacular head-to-head spectator test opens proceedings before a succession of gruelling night stages on the opening evening. Tight-and-twisty sections followed by sweeping open roads will play host to the final two days, before the Ceremonial Finish outside the famous TT Grandstand.
For the first time in over a decade the British Rally Championship will join the World Rally Championship for Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. The 2018 event will be split into two legs with two sets of points on offer, meaning the 2018 Champion could well be crowned on the very final stage of the final event of the season once again.
The British Rally Championship offers all the road surfaces and challenges that the aspiring rally driver needs to conquer to be successful. We also offer the opportunity throughout the year to take on the best of the Scottish Rally Championship, the Belgium Rally Championship, the Irish Rally Championship and the World Rally Championship. Where else gives you this competition?
It’s going to be another epic adventure. Let the battles commence!