One rally -- two points to prove The Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship approaches its final round, Wales Rally GB with an exciting climax in prospect. Any one of the top six drivers is still in with a chance of the title, as the ...
One rally -- two points to prove
The Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship approaches its final round, Wales Rally GB with an exciting climax in prospect. Any one of the top six drivers is still in with a chance of the title, as the final gruelling event has two opportunities for scoring points.
Whilst the overall winner of the final round of both British and World Rally Championships will be the fastest over the 225 mile rally, the event is split for scoring purposes. At the end of Leg one's 88 mile sprint, the fastest driver will take maximum points, then the clocks will be reset for the BRC runners. Legs two and three total 137 miles, a sting in the tail and another points tally for the crews, all of whom need a tactical approach to the series finale.
The best five scores from seven will count towards the final Championship total, meaning the drivers can push certain unfortunate events from their minds, ditching their retirements and poor finishes from the score sheets.
All but the Ladies title (won by Lorna Smith) and the Rally 1 class (won by Steve Graham) are still up for grabs as a result of the scoring system. So after the ceremonial start in Cardiff on Thursday 29th November, the excitement really begins around the forests of south Wales on Friday morning.
The rally finishes back in Cardiff on Sunday where the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Champion will be crowned. The most likely candidates are, of course, Mark Higgins and Guy Wilks; the latter young pretender intent on preventing Higgins' achieving the first BRC straight hat-trick, a battle well worth watching.
Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship potential winners
1 Mark Higgins GB 77
2 Guy Wilks GB 61
3 Gwyndaf Evans GB 57
4 Wyn Humphreys GB 56
5 Phillip Morrow GB 46 26 Robert Swann GB 43