BRC makes a state­ment

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Jack Benyon

It’s dif­fi­cult not to get car­ried away here. Ypres! Not only is it one of the best as­phalt ral­lies in the world, but it brings a num­ber of el­e­ments to a Bri­tish cham­pi­onship.

The first is pres­tige. It’s a real sign of in­tent that the BRC or­gan­is­ers are plan­ning to go in and steal an event away from the Euro­pean cham­pi­onship. If that doesn’t make some of ral­ly­ing’s ma­jor play­ers stand up and take no­tice, what will? While I ac­cept we have many great ral­lies in the UK, for next year the BRC has a prob­lem. This year has proved so suc­cess­ful, it’s boasted a huge en­try from Bri­tish ral­ly­ing’s ma­jor play­ers. But the BRC has done such a good job of ac­cess­ing Bri­tish en­tries that there won’t be many new ones to sup­ple­ment from the Bri­tish Isles next year. That’s why a huge event in Europe is vi­tal; it sig­ni­fies that the BRC wants and needs en­tries from Europe and is will­ing to give them a chance to have a round on ‘home’ soil.

I can see why this might be scary to the so-called ‘smaller’ com­peti­tors, but if the BRC fol­low up by adding a round and a dropped score, it won’t af­fect them. You can ei­ther save up and en­ter in Bel­gium, or drop the score and con­cen­trate on more lo­cal rounds. Per­fect.

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