BRC New Year registrations
In a flurry of early New Year activity the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship opened its books for 2011.
Apart from Evans and Evans, six drivers took advantage of the early registration fee and avoided the increase in VAT. Scottish driver John Boyd returns in an R2 Fiesta as does Joe McGonigle at the wheel of his Citroen C2R2 Max, while four new drivers have already registered for the 2011 championship.
A welcome face in the BRC is Tom Cave, who famously became the youngest driver to contest Rally GB just days after his seventeenth birthday. Kit Leigh has also registered; no stranger to the series' events, he has contested several in the past few years but never as part of the BRC and swaps his Fiesta ST for the newer R2 model.
Winning the BRC's support series means that the BRC Challenge champion Callum Black will have part of his entry fees paid for this year. But as the first team to register for the 2011 Dulux Trade MSA British Teams Rally Championship, his 586 Sports outfit could well have another driver lined up for a second Suzuki Swift S1600. Autosport Technology have also registered their intent to run a two car Renault team, with Estonian Siim Plangi taking the wheel of one, the second driver currently undisclosed.
Finally TEG Sport will have additional work this year as they have taken young Nick Cristofaro under their wing, the seventeen year-old planning to take the wheel of a Fiesta ST after deciding to move straight to the International series following his Formula 1000 apprenticeship.