BRC makes a statement
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.