Entries are rolling in for both the MSA British Rally Championship and its support series, the BRC Challenge, with nearly forty registered drivers between the two series'. After unprecedented levels of entries in 2008, the BRC had expected ...
Entries are rolling in for both the MSA British Rally Championship and its support series, the BRC Challenge, with nearly forty registered drivers between the two series'.
After unprecedented levels of entries in 2008, the BRC had expected a fall in number for 2009 in difficult economic conditions. But the trend is so far very good, particularly with the addition of the Fiesta Sporting Trophy, which could reach twenty registrations in advance of the BRC's first round in late March.
"The interest for the 2009 British Rally Championship has been really high over the closed season and I have a list with 74 names of people who have indicated an interested in entering this year. I would certainly hope to get somewhere close to last year's field of 40 cars on the first round. The British Rally Championship is certainly cheaper than it has ever been and without the might of the works teams, the opportunities are wide open." said Championship ManagerMark Taylor.
Even the Swift Sport Cup, which has had Suzuki's support withdrawn, already has five registered crews, including two new faces making the move from the BRC Challenge. Interest from several more drivers goes to prove that the 1600cc production based championship is alive and well.
But it is not just two wheel drive machinery that is boosting numbers, the BRC already has commitments from several Rally 4 category cars and drivers. Adam Gould's Pirelli TEG Sport Impreza is nearly ready for a test session and David Bogie's Mitsubishi Evo X is scheduled to debut on the first round, Rally North Wales.
Entries from Ireland are bolstering the four wheel drive category too, with Owen Murphy, Keith Cronin and Daniel Barry on the list of Mitsubishi drivers, while BRC regular Rob Swann and Dave Weston Junior are amongst the Subaru runners.
With a great mix of youth and experience, the 2009 Championship should be more competitive than ever before and the new opening round, Bulldog International Rally North Wales still has three weeks to go before entries close.
The early lower registration fee for the MSA British Rally Championship is held until tomorrow (Saturday) but any forms with a Saturday or Sunday postmark will be accepted at the lower price.