Evans says BRC events need to up their game

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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

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