Free en­tries for 2018 on of­fer to Cadet class win­ner, for Cup and Na­tional cars

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

The Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship has launched its new Cadet class for this year, with a prize of free en­tries to all the events in the cham­pi­onship in 2018.

The class will cater for the out­dated 1.6-litre Ford Fi­esta R2 and Opel Adam Cup as well as the Ford Fi­esta R2T Na­tional ma­chines, which are a sim­i­lar spec.

The class aims to give driv­ers a chance to com­pete in lower-class ma­chin­ery com­pared to the Ju­nior BRC, which is dom­i­nated by Vaux­hall Adam R2s, Re­nault Twingo R2s and Ford Fi­esta R2TS.

BRC man­ager, Iain Camp­bell, be­lives there’s suf­fi­cient in­ter­est and that the prize, which is worth around £8,000, jus­ti­fies an en­try.

“The con­ver­sa­tions at the Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional Show in re­la­tion to the Cadet class were pos­i­tive. It’s re­ally cap­tured folks’ imag­i­na­tions,” said Camp­bell.

“It [the prize fund] has been backed by the events who have sup­ported us in this.

“Driv­ers can go into it and learn with­out hav­ing to com­pete against peo­ple like [BRCJ cham­pion] Rob Dug­gan and be 27s off the pace.

“The R2 Fi­esta is six-years old now. The R2 Na­tional and Adam Cup car are sup­posed to be on par, roughly two sec­onds a mile slower than full on R2.”

Driv­ers un­der the age of 25 can en­ter the new cat­e­gory, with the likes of Tom Wil­liams and Na­bila Te­j­par el­i­gi­ble.

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, KG Rally Pics, Roy Demp­ster

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