British Rally Championship

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British Rally Championship
Category Production based 2 wheel drive
Country United Kingdom
Inaugural season 1958
Drivers Varies from event to event
Teams tbc
Tyre suppliers Pirelli
Drivers' champion Republic of Ireland Daniel McKenna
Official website rallybrc.co.uk/
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The MSA British Rally Championship is a yearly rallying series based in the United Kingdom. It comprises seven events throughout the British Isles. The first championship was run in 1958 and it has been licensed by the MSA Motor Sports Association since 1999. The current British Rally Champions are Daniel McKenna and Arthur Kierans.

2008 saw the 50th anniversary celebration of the Championship with a special BRC rally show at the Chatsworth Rally Show where many of the former Champions attended to celebrate.

The 2014 season continues to allow only two wheel drive production-based rally cars, with a support series also for two wheel drive cars. For 2014, all BRC entrants must use Pirelli tyres and Sunoco Race Fuel.

Titles & Classes[edit]

The MSA British Rally Championship is for drivers and co-drivers in the new categories BRC1, BRC2 and BRC3 to achieve the highest accolade of the sport in Britain. The final scores will be based on the best six results from the eight qualifying rounds from just 7 rallies.

The MSA British Junior Rally Championship is the platform for future rally talent and will be open to drivers who were born on or after 1 January 1990, driving BRC3 designated cars only.

The MSA British Manufacturer Teams Rally Championship provides a high profile sporting arena for registered manufacturers and professional motorsport teams. Manufacturer two car teams will score points based on the category and overall finishing position on each event.

The BRC RallyTwo Championship will provide a focal point on this middle tier of drivers and co-drivers competing in the new categories BRC2 and BRC3. Separate podiums, points table and media coverage will provide the perfect opportunity to stand out alongside the overall front-runners.

The NGK Spark PLugs BRC Challenge Trophy is a new addition in the form of an amalgamated BRC Challenge. The Challenge Trophy provides new category BRC4 and BRC5 crews with a chance to compete in the BRC with non homologated vehicles, without the additional cost burden of higher entry fees, longer events, having to do the reconnaissance on gravel rallies. Competition for U21 junior drivers will be focused on the BRC Stars of the Future for drivers who were born on or after 1 January 1993, driving BRC5 designated cars only. BRC5 will provide low cost entry and structured progression into the main BRC.

New for 2014, separate BRC Gravel and Asphalt Championship titles for all competitors whether doing the main event, of the shorter Challenge trophy section. Points will be drawn up from the classified results at the point in the rally where both elements split. Four rounds on each surface will create a separate championship table with the best three scores counting towards the final total.

NEW CATEGORIES

The new categories are designed to provide a logical step in progression for those entering the BRC for the first time. Only two wheel drive cars registered after 1 January 2001 will be allowed to enter in the following classes (older cars may be permissible with championship agreement):

BRC5 - Standard showroom specification cars up to 1600cc, equivalent to R1 spec, providing low cost entry level with limited and closely monitored technical modifications. BRC Stars of the Future U21's will need these cars.

BRC4 - Modified homologated and non homologated cars up to 2000cc. Sequential gearboxes only allowed up to 1600cc. Showroom shell profile only, wide track only on application.

BRC3 - Are BRC5 category cars allowing LSD and handbrake upgrades. MSA British Junior Rally Championship U24's will require these cars.

BRC2 - FIA homologated or championship passport Rally 2 category and Group A two-wheel-drive cars up to and including 1600cc. Refer to FIA Appendix J, Article 260 and 260D

BRC1 - FIA homologated or championship passport Rally 3 category, Diesel, Super 1600 and Group A cars (non kit) above 1601cc up to and including 2000. Refer to FIA Appendix J, Article 260 and 260D

MSA BRITISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ONE MAKE & SUPPORT SERIES The MSA British Rally Championship has attracted some cracking one make series allowing competitors to choose the right level in which to compete. With all the one make series there is some form of additional support, ranging from dedicated websites and prize funds to full manufacturer backing.

Pirelli Star Driver[edit]

The Pirelli Star Driver competition will continue in 2014, but the format will change from previous years. More information soon. The 2013 winner is Daniel McKenna, who will drive a Citroën DS3 R3 in 2014

NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge Trophy[edit]

The British Rally Championship runs a support series called the BRC Challenge Trophy, this follows all the events in the main series but has a double-header in Ulster and the Isle of Man. The championship is designed to act as a feeder to the main championship and provides competitors with a taster of the events. The 2013 BRCC Champions are Russ Thompson and Andy Murphy..

Champions[edit]

MSA British Rally Championship

Season Champion Co-Driver Car
2014 Republic of Ireland Daniel McKenna Republic of Ireland Arthur Kierans Citroen DS3 R3T
2013 Finland Jukka Korhonen Finland Marko Salminen Citroen DS3 R3T
2012 Republic of Ireland Keith Cronin Northern Ireland Marshall Clarke Citroen DS3 R3T
2011 Scotland David Bogie Scotland Kevin Rae Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX R4
2010 Republic of Ireland Keith Cronin Northern Ireland Barry McNulty Subaru Impreza STi N15
2009 Republic of Ireland Keith Cronin Republic of Ireland Greg Shinnors Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX R4
2008 England Guy Wilks Republic of Ireland Rory Kennedy* Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX R4
2007 England Guy Wilks Wales Phil Pugh Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX R4
2006 Isle of Man Mark Higgins Republic of Ireland Rory Kennedy Subaru Impreza STi N12
2005 Isle of Man Mark Higgins England Bryan Thomas Ford Focus RS WRC 02
2004 Isle of Man David Higgins Republic of Ireland Brian Murphy* Hyundai Accent WRC Evo 3
2003 England Jonny Milner Wales Nicky Beech Toyota Corolla WRC
2002 England Jonny Milner Wales Nicky Beech Toyota Corolla WRC
2001 not held due to foot-and-mouth crisis
2000 Finland Marko Ipatti England Bryan Thomas* Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI N4
1999 Finland Tapio Laukkanen Finland Kaj Lindström Renault Maxi Mégane

*In 2000, Ipatti used both Kari Kajala and Teppo Leino as co-drivers during the season. Hence, runner-up Mark Higgins' co-driver Bryan Thomas was awarded the co-drivers title. Two similar situations occurred in 2004 & 2008. In 2004 David Higgins used Chris Wood, Craig Thorley & Daniel Barritt as co-drivers during the season. Hence, runner-up Austin MacHale' co-driver Brian Murphy was awarded the co-drivers title. In 2008,Wilks used both Phil Pugh and David Moynihan as co-drivers during the season. Again, runner-up Mark Higgins' co-driver Rory Kennedy was awarded the co-drivers title.

RACMSA British Rally Championship

Season Champion Co-Driver Car
1998 Isle of Man Martin Rowe Scotland Derek Ringer Renault Mégane Maxi
1997 Isle of Man Mark Higgins Wales Phil Mills Nissan Sunny GTi
1996 Wales Gwyndaf Evans Wales Howard Davies Ford Escort RS2000
1995 Scotland Alister McRae England David Senior Nissan Sunny GTi
1994 England Malcolm Wilson England Bryan Thomas Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1993 England Richard Burns Scotland Robert Reid Subaru Legacy RS
1992 Scotland Colin McRae Scotland Derek Ringer Subaru Legacy RS
1991 Scotland Colin McRae Scotland Derek Ringer Subaru Legacy RS
1990 Wales David Llewellin England Phil Short Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165

RACMSA British Open Rally Championship

Season Champion Co-Driver Car
1989 Wales David Llewellin England Phil Short Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1988 Scotland Jimmy McRae Wales Rob Arthur Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
1987 Scotland Jimmy McRae England Ian Grindrod Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
1986 England Mark Lovell England Roger Freeman Ford RS200
1985 England Russell Brookes England Mike Broad Opel Manta 400
1984 Scotland Jimmy McRae England Mike Nicholson Opel Manta 400
1983 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Bjorn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2
1982 Scotland Jimmy McRae England Ian Grindrod Opel Ascona 400
1981 Scotland Jimmy McRae England Ian Grindrod Opel Ascona 400
1980 Finland Ari Vatanen Wales David Richards Ford Escort RS1800
1979 Finland Pentti Airikkala Finland Risto Virtanen Vauxhall Chevette HSR
1978 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Ford Escort RS1800

RAC British Rally Championship

Season Champion Co-Driver Car
1977 England Russell Brookes England John Brown Ford Escort RS1800
1976 Finland Ari Vatanen England Peter Bryant Ford Escort RS1800
1975 England Roger Clark England Jim Porter Ford Escort RS1800
1974 Republic of Ireland Billy Coleman Republic of Ireland Dan O'Sullivan Ford Escort RS1600
1973 England Roger Clark England Jim Porter Ford Escort RS1600
1972 England Roger Clark England Jim Porter Ford Escort RS1600
1971 England Chris Sclater England Martin Holmes Ford Escort RS1600
1970 England Will Sparrow Nigel Raeburn Mini Cooper S 1275
1969 England John Bloxham England Richard Harper Lancia Fulvia HF/Ford Escort TC
1968 England Colin Malkin England John Brown Hillman Rallye Imp
1967 England Jim Bullough England Don Barrow Ford Lotus Cortina
1966 England Roy Fidler Alan Taylor Triumph 2000
1965 England Roger Clark England Jim Porter Ford Cortina
1964 England Eric Jackson England Ken Joseph Ford Cortina GT
1963 England Tony Fisher Brian Melia Mini Cooper
1962 England Tony Fisher Brian Melia Mini Cooper
1961 England Bill Bengry David Skeffington Volkswagen 1500
1960 England Bill Bengry David Skeffington Volkswagen 1200
1959 England John Sprinzel Stuart Turner Austin-Healey Sprite
1958 Ron Gouldbourn Stuart Turner Triumph TR3A

Multiple wins by individual[edit]

Name Titles Winning Years
Scotland Jimmy McRae 5 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988
England Roger Clark 4 1965, 1972, 1973, 1975
Isle of Man Mark Higgins 3 1997, 2005, 2006
Republic of Ireland Keith Cronin 3 2009, 2010, 2012
England Bill Bengry 2 1960, 1961
England Tony Fisher 2 1960, 1961
England Russell Brookes 2 1977, 1985
Finland Ari Vatanen 2 1976, 1980
Wales David Llewellin 2 1989, 1990
Scotland Colin McRae 2 1991, 1992
England Johnny Milner 2 2002, 2003
England Guy Wilks 2 2002, 2003

Multiple wins by car manufacturer[edit]

Name Titles Winning Years
United States Ford 18 1964, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2005
Japan Mitsubishi Motors 5 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
United Kingdom British Motor Corporation 4 1959, 1962, 1963, 1970
Germany Opel 4 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985
Japan Subaru 4 1991, 1992, 1993, 2005
Japan Toyota 3 1990, 2002, 2003
France Citroën 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Germany Volkswagen 2 1960, 1961
Japan Nissan 2 1995, 1997
France Renault 2 1998, 1999

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