Hig­gins hasn’t ruled out 2016 BRC re­turn

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Bri­tish rally cham­pion David Hig­gins has not ruled out a re­turn to the BRC in 2016 fol­low­ing the cham­pi­onship’s re­birth.

Manx-born Hig­gins won the BRC ti­tle in 2004, and has won five con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onships in Amer­ica for Subaru Team USA.

Hig­gins moved to Wales – where he still lives – from the Isle of Man dur­ing his child­hood. The BRC fea­tures ral­lies on the is­land, while the sea­son-open­ing Mid Wales Stages has a route that passes his fam­ily home.

“We’re not sure if we’re free that week­end yet, there’s no rally but there could be ral­ly­cross,” ex­plained Hig­gins.

“Mid Wales Stages is my home rally, and my se­cond home rally would be the Manx, they are events we’d love to try and do. But we’re two very small parts of a very large team in Amer­ica, they may want us to do some­thing else, we don’t know. But it wouldn’t be through lack of try­ing from us.”

Hig­gins’ Bri­tish co-driver Craig Drew added: “We love ral­ly­ing in Amer­ica, the last five years have been great but do­ing Rally GB was fan­tas­tic and get­ting back on the roads and stages we grew up ral­ly­ing was great. Un­for­tu­nately it’s not all up to us. Peo­ple do fol­low us in Amer­ica but it was nice to rally in front of our home fans.”

Hig­gins be­lieves the cham­pi­onship is set for suc­cess in 2016 hav­ing held a hia­tus the pre­vi­ous year.

“It’s a long time since there has been this much of a buzz about it,” he said. “If half the peo­ple talk­ing about do­ing it step for­ward then it’s great.”

Hig­gins took BRC ti­tle in 2004 at the wheel of a Hyundai Ac­cent

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