Evans says BRC events need to up their game
Freshly crowned British Rally champion Elfyn Evans believes the biggest way for the series to progress next year is by improving its events.
Evans has praised championship organisers IMS for their role in the successful return of the championship, picking the events as the most pressing place to help and improve.
“I think the big challenge is going to be supporting the rallies,” said Evans. “This one especially we’ve seen there’s a lot of people put a lot of hard work in, but manpower is thin on the ground. It’s a vicious circle in the sport to come and marshal an event like this. It [interest] just goes down and down with time. Hopefully we can work on the TV and promotion and grow the interest to help grow the sport.
“It’s been a long time since rallies have run at this level. We know they can do it, I’ve seen it myself from as early as 2012. They did a great job but unfortunately things have slipped slightly [this year]. I appreciate a lot of people give up their time to do it and that it’s very difficult. I couldn’t do it that’s for sure. For the sake of the sport I hope we can grow the interest.”
While Evans is almost certainly heading out of the series next year, he confirmed that his support will remain for his home championship: “I hope I’ll be far too busy [to attend all the rallies] but I’ll be keeping a close eye on it.”
IMS director Ben Taylor added: “The BRC has had a great first year back, but there is no doubt that everyone has learned a huge amount throughout this season – teams, competitors, event organisers and ourselves.
“We all want to raise the bar next year.
“We have a plan and a good idea of the areas for improvement and we are confident that 2017 will be a significant step up across the board.”
Champions Evans (r) and Parry