THE CLASSES

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

The BRC classes weren’t par­tic­u­larly well pop­u­lated in 2016. The one that did pro­vide mul­ti­ple en­tries was The Na­tional Rally Cup, for non-fia ho­molo­gated ma­chin­ery.

Robert Blomberg took the ti­tle in his R5-spec Mitsubishi Mi­rage, win­ning in Scot­land, the Nicky Grist and Ul­ster. Two of those wins came at the hands of his ri­val though.

Don­nie Macdon­ald was the cat­e­gory’s pace­set­ter for most of the year. The Scot re­tired from the Nicky Grist and Ul­ster with me­chan­i­cal woe, gift­ing the Swede a chance. But the Mi­rage duo still had to work hard, ser­vic­ing their own car for cer­tain events in the year and were a pop­u­lar set of cham­pi­ons.

Per­haps the sec­ond most pop­u­lated cat­e­gory was BRC 4, and the al­most cer­tain win­ner didn’t reg­is­ter for the cham­pi­onship, thus hand­ing it to Tony Simp­son.

Gee Ather­ton was the driver not reg­is­ter­ing, and in a quicker R2 car some would ar­gue he should beat Simp­son. But the Liver­pool driver still ran Ather­ton close on events de­spite his more out­dated Fi­esta ST.

BRC 2 was wrapped up early on the Nicky Grist, with Matt Ed­wards the com­fort­able win­ner. His over­all per­for­mances were hugely im­pres­sive, scalp­ing a num­ber of R5s on his way to the ti­tle.

Chris Wheeler took BRC 3, with two wins as the sole en­trant in the cat­e­gory on those events.

Tom Wil­liams headed BRC 5 as the only en­trant to com­pete all year in the cat­e­gory in his Ford Fi­esta R1, on the Pirelli Carlisle.

Simp­son topped BRC 4 in Fi­esta

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