Tyres set to ig­nite ti­tle bat­tle as four man­u­fac­tur­ers fight it out in 2016

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One key area to watch for in the BRC this year will be tyres. On gravel, the Miche­lins are thought to be the best, but the DMACK and Pirellis both op­er­ate well in the forests. Com­pounds will be the key fac­tor to watch out for on the loose.

How­ever, the fun and games will re­ally start on sealed sur­faces. At the mo­ment, DMACK is work­ing night and day to im­prove its as­phalt tyre. But it’s still short of the mar­ket-lead­ing Miche­lin on as­phalt. Will Elfyn Evans be re­stricted by the DMACK as­phalt, or has the Cum­brian firm de­vel­oped enough to give him the cov­ers nec­es­sary to chal­lenge? It’s an in­trigu­ing bat­tle that will only be re­solved af­ter the Manx Rally.

Lead­ing the Miche­lin charge is likely to be Tom Cave, who ran Miche­lins on the re­cent Red Kite Stages on his Spencer Sport Ford Fi­esta R5. Pirelli’s head men are Keith Cronin (Citroen) and David Bo­gie (Skoda), while DMACK will be re­ly­ing on ti­tle favourite Evans and Max Vata­nen.

Also en­tered are Kumho – which has had suc­cesses on the S12B Subaru of Gary Jen­nings in the Ir­ish Tar­mac se­ries. They could also help throw a span­ner in the works come the as­phalt rounds.

It’s all up in the air, the only fact is that we’re on for an in­tense tyre bat­tle.

A class for ho­molo­gated Porsche 997 R-GT cars. There are cur­rently no reg­is­tra­tions for this class for Mid Wales.

Bo­gie’s 2011 ti­tle-win­ning Mit­subishi has been re­placed by R5 Skoda

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