Motor Sport News - - Brc Review: How It Was Won -

1 El­fyn Evans

Bring­ing a sub-ma­chine gun to a wa­ter pis­tol fight is what comes to mind here. Evans blew away the op­po­si­tion, de­spite not com­pet­ing full-time in the UK since 2011. His knowl­edge of Fi­esta R5 and ex­pe­ri­ence from the WRC told.

2 Fredrik Ah­lin

Ah­lin showed his pace on the Pirelli Carlisle Rally. Al­though Evans suf­fered a punc­ture, the Swede’s out­right pace was on-par for the ma­jor­ity of that event. Ex­tra points for adapt­ing so quickly to as­phalt, and match­ing Mark Higgins on the Manx in his third as­phalt event in a four-wheel-drive car. With a few less er­rors from driver and co-driver, could have made Evans’ life more dif­fi­cult.

3 Rob Dug­gan

Barely a foot put wrong all year, Dug­gan and co-driver Ger Con­way were supreme. Proved pace against WRClevel com­pe­ti­tion in Gus Green­smith and proved his gravel pace de­spite in­ex­pe­ri­ence. Un­touch­able in the Ju­niors.

4 Matt Ed­wards

Wrapped up BRC 2 cat­e­gory for Group N cars early and got the chance of his dreams, to drive an R5 on the last two rounds and next year. Didn’t do any­thing stupid on as­phalt, de­spite mas­sive in­ex­pe­ri­ence on the sur­face, and fifth on the Manx was a just re­ward.

5 Tom Cave

For a first year in an R5, it was a good one for the Welsh­man. Was the best of the rest af­ter Evans on a few rounds, and while as­phalt pace was hit and miss, a first year in a new car with a new team and co-driver, this was an im­pres­sive one. Watch out in 2017.

6 Desi Henry

Shocked some peo­ple with his pace. A base setup change mid-way through the year brought two con­sec­u­tive podi­ums. He’ll be a chal­lenger next year, good on as­phalt and gravel, and con­sis­tently quick.

7 Sin­dre Fu­ruseth

A com­plete un­known en­ter­ing the year, Fu­ruseth sparkled in the Ju­niors. Not only did he chal­lenge for wins on gravel, he was quick on as­phalt de­spite his lack of ex­pe­ri­ence on the sur­face. No doubt this driver is one to watch in the fu­ture. He’d be a wel­come as­set to the BRC next year.

8 David Bo­gie

Pace was as good as any­one at times, but a cou­ple of mis­takes and a learn­ing year in a new car didn’t jus­tify how quick Bo­gie is. Pace on Rally GB showed the Dum­fries man’s step up, and he’ll be dif­fi­cult to beat in the 2017 ti­tle race.

9 Jamie An­der­son

De­spite most of his ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing in the BTRDA, An­der­son stepped up to writ­ing his notes bril­liantly in ’16 and the re­sults don’t tell the full story of rapid pace. With a bit more con­sis­tency, he’ll be a top five chal­lenger on any rally in ’17.

10 Josh Mof­fett

Strug­gled to get up to front-run­ning speed on the loose but was the only as­phalt win­ner aside from Evans with the honours on the Cir­cuit of Ire­land. Still wasn’t quite on Evans’ pace for that event (Evans re­tired). But given age and ex­pe­ri­ence, a fan­tas­tic year for the Mon­aghan lad.

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