Cham­pi­onship suc­cess story

Motor Sport News - - Competing At Anglesey -

De­spite be­ing spawned from a meet­ing at Bea­cons­field Ser­vices, the Motorsport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship has been an as­tro­nom­i­cal hit with crews this year.

Be­fore 2015 there wasn’t a ded­i­cated cham­pi­onship for cir­cuit ral­ly­ing on a large scale. But as is the is­sue with all new cham­pi­onships, did that mean one was needed? Was it fill­ing a gap in the mar­ket that wasn’t ac­tu­ally there?

An as­tound­ing en­try at the open­ing round was filled with WR Cars and a very spe­cial R5 en­try of Neil Simp­son’s Skoda Fabia R5, but the bril­liant Neil Howard Stages event al­ways at­tracts a strong and top-heavy en­try. The real test for the cham­pi­onship came at An­gle­sey, which ran with just over 30 en­tries in 2014. This year it maxed out the en­try, in part thanks to the MN Cir­cuit crews.

Plans are afoot next year to im­prove the series, which has been such a hit that the or­gan­is­ing crew have strug­gled to keep up at points. But with a strong TV pack­age and with back­ing from the hands-on Miche­lin, the series has de­liv­ered more than any­one could have hoped in year one. Let’s hope that ’16/17 brings even more win­ter ral­ly­ing fun.

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