The prestigious British Rally Championship will blast into action in 2022 with an exciting seven-round calendar, continuing with its traditional mixture of both asphalt and gravel events throughout the season.

The highly-charged BRC will kick off in the south east of the country in April as it marks it’s debut at the Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton. The 2022 curtain raiser gets the championship underway on a closed road asphalt event for the first time in over four decades, and will see the elite BRC contenders tackle the exhilarating Essex lanes.

Staying on a sealed surface for round two, the Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally takes the series into Scotland in May and the highly regarded stages around the Duns rally base. With a long history of hosting the BRC, the Jim Clark Rally provides a lively encounter for the crews with two days of closed road action in the Borders to test even the most experienced of champions.

July sees a trip to the world-famous Welsh forests of the Nicky Grist Stages. Having made a return to the BRC bill in 2021, a scintillating battle played out across the rapid and flowing stages which have witnessed many world championship clashes. Expect fireworks on the first gravel round of the season.

Staying in the forests, the Grampian Forest Rally makes a welcome return to the calendar after receiving high acclaim on its inclusion in 2021. The Banchory based rally, just west of Aberdeen in Scotland, provided BRC contenders with a tough challenge as the high-speed forest tests were largely unknown to the title protagonists. The contest for top honours returns to Kincardineshire in August.

The acclaimed Get Connected Rali Bae Ceredigion heralds a newcomer to the BRC tour as the Aberystwyth based closed-road event provides an exceptional challenge across the bumpy and unforgiving moorland roads in September. First run in 2019, the event will offer a journey into the unknown as the Cambrian Mountains provide an ultimate test of car and crew.

The popular Trackrod Rally Yorkshire plays host to the penultimate round of 2022 after making a highly successful return to the calendar this year following an eight-year break. The super-fast and narrow stages in the Yorkshire forests witnessed a thrilling encounter and its Dalby test in the dark will test contenders to the limit at the end of September.

Offering the perfect curtain call on the 2022 season, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally retains its October slot and rounds out the British Rally Championship in style. Having the potential to see the champion crowned on the Llandudno seafront, the event takes contenders through world-class forest stages in North Wales.

What is the BRC?

How fast can you go from A to B, over a narrow, twisty road that you have only seen twice before? That is the task that all rally drivers in the British Rally Championship face every time they start a special stage.

Winners come from the crews that have the lowest time, or in other words, have covered the timed special stages in the quickest time. When not on these tests the crews are governed by the same traffic laws as you and I.

Seven events covering the UK mainland make up the 2022 British Rally Championship. What makes the BRC so different from other events across the country?

Reconnaissance – the BRC is the only series where competitors get to make their own pace notes of the stages before they compete over them. A two pass, convoy recce takes place on all the gravel and asphalt rallies. This gives the crews the chance to make descriptive notes on what the road is like and at what speed they should be able to drive the stage.

Set servicing opportunities – competitors will only get the change to refettle their cars when they get back to the main service park for each event. Any servicing at the roadside can only be carried out by the crew with spares carried in the car, so no outside assistance is allowed.

More mileage than normal – most gravel rallies in the UK offer a maximum of 45 competitive miles. A gravel BRC round will average 50 miles, whilst the asphalt rounds will offer the challenge of nearly 120 competitive miles.

2022 BRC Calendar

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