HAVE YOUR SAY WE NEED YOU! GET IN­VOLVED WITH MN MN SAYS... A big day for Bri­tish ral­ly­ing

WRITE TO US Mo­tor­sport News Hay­mar­ket Con­sumer Me­dia, Bridge House, 69 Lon­don Road, Twick­en­ham TW1 3SP The re­turn of the BRC is im­por­tant for the sport in the UK

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say -

This is a big week­end for Bri­tish ral­ly­ing. Af­ter fall­ing into the dol­drums to the point where it was canned al­to­gether last year, the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship is fi­nally go­ing to re­turn. And if it is to be great again – and play it’s part in the sport’s fu­ture – it could do with a top-qual­ity re­birth.

For­tu­nately, things are look­ing pos­i­tive ahead of the sea­son-open­ing Mid Wales Stages this week­end. The re­turn of pow­er­ful cars, with sev­eral man­u­fac­tur­ers rep­re­sented, is to be wel­comed, as is the Dmack-sup­ported Ju­nior ini­tia­tive. Com­peti­tors seem to have re­sponded well to the BRC’S new di­rec­tion and we should see a good mix of es­tab­lished aces and up-and-com­ing driv­ers bat­tling it out over the com­ing sea­son.

Be­yond the gen­eral health of the se­ries, the cen­tre of at­ten­tion will al­most cer­tainly be Elfyn Evans. Hav­ing been forced to step down af­ter two years in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship, he is the ob­vi­ous bench­mark for all the other R5 driv­ers, many of whom have been quick to point out that fact. Evans’ pres­ence is great for the BRC, though it could be some­thing of a dou­ble-edged sword for the man him­self.

A dom­i­nant cam­paign – al­lied to con­tin­ued pace in WRC2 – would give him a strong case for a WRC re­turn in 2017. Get beaten (or even strongly chal­lenged), how­ever, and the fu­ture may not look so bright. Ei­ther way, Evans will play his part in the start of a new era for the BRC. ● On the sub­ject of new eras, the World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship con­tin­ues to gather mo­men­tum. The news that Se­bastien Loeb will re­join his ri­valry with Pet­ter Sol­berg – some­thing we’ve been hop­ing for since the rally leg­end was ditched by Citroen – pro­vides yet an­other rea­son to take a trip to Ly­d­den Hill in May. Kevin Turner, Editor

Gra­ham Lo­max’s shot. No, we are not sure what this is, ei­ther... Alex Martin gets it wrong, taken by Adrian Tren­holme Martin Dewey went to a sport­ing trial and snapped this

Brian Mor­gan’s pho­to­graph of a ral­ly­ing Nis­san Ge­off Ben­gough’s snap of a Fiat 131

Cortina taken by Clare Wilkinson

(Twit­ter: @KRT917)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.