The Silverstone Tyres BRC Challenge moves to the heart of the country for the third round of the British Rally Championship's support series on the Rally of the Midlands on 20th & 21st June. Six BRCC registered crews will take part in the ...
The Silverstone Tyres BRC Challenge moves to the heart of the country for the third round of the British Rally Championship's support series on the Rally of the Midlands on 20th & 21st June.
Six BRCC registered crews will take part in the sealed surface event, which comprises nearly 100 miles of stages in and around Hinckley and Nuneaton to the north of Coventry.
Local man Richard Sykes leads the Championship in his Fiesta, heading the field after two storming results on the opening two events. He almost won the Jim Clark Challenge Rally outright back in May, but pushed just a little too hard on the final loop, dropping time with a minor off. He still took overall BRCC points though and has a maximum haul from both events, with James Watts holding second place, six points adrift.
Watts also leads both the Junior category and the smallest engine capacity class, RC1, in his 1400cc Volkswagen Polo. He will have competition on the multi-venue event as Tony Simpson returns in his MGZR, having retired on round one and missed round two. David Harrison will journey from the Isle of Man to compete in his locally prepared Peugeot 106; runner up in April, his good run on the Jim Clark ended at the very last moment when he retired near the end of the final stage.
Five of last year's Silverstone backed series crews have moved to the main British Rally Championship for 2008, including the winner Luke Pinder. But the 2007 winning car will return at the hands of Scot Callum Bendall, hoping to get his Ford Ka to the finish after retiring from the opening two events.
Running amongst the BRC Challenge, which runs ahead of the main event, is the Silverstone Tyres BTRDA prize winner Darren Pinchin. His prize of a fully paid entry on the Rally of the Midlands is part of a scheme masterminded by Silverstone Tyres, his Proton Satria running on the same control tyres as the rest of the BRCC field.
Outside the BRCC, Jason Pritchard is also on the event's entry list, the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship Citroen C2R2 Cup driver using the rally as a shakedown for the forthcoming Rally Isle of Man, a round of both BRCC and BRC.
The Rally of the Midlands gets under way from the centre of Nuneaton on Friday evening at 6pm with stages at nearby Merevale, Mallory Park and two visits to a stage in the centre of Hinckley.
Ten stages follow on Saturday with the finish back in Hinckley at 4pm, the whole event centred on Rally HQ and service area at Hinckley Football Club, where there will be an after rally party on Saturday evening.