JACK BENYON NA­TIONAL EDITOR

Motor Sport News - - Track Test: A Harvester -

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!

As­ton Martin Own­ers’ Club brought a rainbow with it at Sil­ver­stone.well, beats a fog­light

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