JACK BENYON NATIONAL EDITOR
This was a no brainer for MN’S BRC correspondent. The championship returned in 2016 on the Mid Wales Stages after a one-year hiatus, a necessary but almost unthinkable evil given the BRC’S heritage.
The phoenix that emerged was an incredible spectacle. Granted Newtown was far from the most glamorous place to relaunch the BRC, but Sweet Lamb – the adopted home of Wales Rally GB – certainly was.
Many of the drivers hadn’t driven the R5-spec cars before as they were new to the category, and boy did it show at the stopline of SS1 Hafren/ Sweet Lamb. It was 15.89 miles of the best roads in the area. And one thing I didn’t mention. It was in the dark. It was a masterstroke, presenting the crews with one of the biggest challenges they’d encounter all year, on the first stage.
There’s something so special about the stopline. The dirty cars, the smell of mud burning on the exhaust, the heat escaping from the cockpit as the drivers remove their helmets.
There were some wide eyes at the end of the stage!