Ed­wards is first cham­pion of the new era as he takes BRC 2 ti­tle in Mit­subishi

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After fin­ish­ing 12th in the Nicky Grist Stages last week­end, Matt Ed­wards has done enough to be the first cham­pion of the BRC’S new era as he sealed the BRC 2 ti­tle.

The North Wales driver – co-driven by Will Rogers – put in one of the per­for­mances of the sea­son on the cham­pi­onship’s opener in Mid Wales, fin­ish­ing ahead of many R5 cars in his pro­duc­tion-spec Mit­subishi Lancer E9 after build­ing the car in a mat­ter of weeks be­fore the start of the sea­son.

The cham­pi­onship has suf­fered a dis­ap­point­ing up­take with only four points scor­ers in the se­ries, but Ed­wards’ gi­ant-killing per­for­mances top­pling many faster R5s has gar­nered universal praise from the BRC ser­vice park.

“It’s been the hard­est men­tally hav­ing been at the front from the start,” said Ed­wards of his sea­son. “The big­gest thing for me is to have built that car on my own in five weeks. The only thing I’ve had a prob­lem with was the fuel pump in Ire­land. That’s the only time I’ve put a span­ner on it. That, to me, is one of the big­gest things, to have done that [built the car], that’s my work. I’ve done all the prep on my own as well and it’s been re­ally hard work.”

Ed­wards has won four of the five rounds he’s en­tered this year in­clud­ing a win while play­ing his dou­ble-points joker card on the Pirelli Carlisle Rally in April. His only loss came at the cir­cuit of Ire­land where a punc­ture and the afore­men­tioned fuel pump prob­lem ruled him out of re­al­is­tic con­tention. Pa­trick O’brien won the event in his sim­i­lar Lancer E9.

Ed­wards has com­peted out­side the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship this year in­clud­ing a one-off deal to drive a Ford Fi­esta R5+ on the DMACK Carlisle Stages in the BTRDA. M-sport, DMACK and Peter Smith (Swift Car­a­vans) came to­gether to give Ed­wards the op­por­tu­nity after his strong per­for­mances in the BRC.

Ed­wards has not con­firmed his plans for 2017 with more de­tails ex­pected in the next two weeks.

Ed­wards has strolled to BRC 2 suc­cess but fought for strong fin­ishes over­all

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