British Rally Championship
|Category||Production based 2 wheel drive|
|Drivers||Varies from event to event|
|Drivers' champion||Jukka Korhonen|
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 Jukka Korhonen and Marko Salminen.
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
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.
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
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
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..
MSA British Rally Championship
|2013||Jukka Korhonen||Marko Salminen||Citroen DS3 R3T|
|2012||Keith Cronin||Marshall Clarke||Citroen DS3 R3T|
|2011||David Bogie||Kevin Rae||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX R4|
|2010||Keith Cronin||Barry McNulty||Subaru Impreza STi N15|
|2009||Keith Cronin||Greg Shinnors||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX R4|
|2008||Guy Wilks||Rory Kennedy*||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX R4|
|2007||Guy Wilks||Phil Pugh||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX R4|
|2006||Mark Higgins||Rory Kennedy||Subaru Impreza STi N12|
|2005||Mark Higgins||Bryan Thomas||Ford Focus RS WRC 02|
|2004||David Higgins||Brian Murphy*||Hyundai Accent WRC Evo 3|
|2003||Jonny Milner||Nicky Beech||Toyota Corolla WRC|
|2002||Jonny Milner||Nicky Beech||Toyota Corolla WRC|
|2001||not held due to foot-and-mouth crisis|
|2000||Marko Ipatti||Bryan Thomas*||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI N4|
|1999||Tapio Laukkanen||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
|1998||Martin Rowe||Derek Ringer||Renault Mégane Maxi|
|1997||Mark Higgins||Phil Mills||Nissan Sunny GTi|
|1996||Gwyndaf Evans||Howard Davies||Ford Escort RS2000|
|1995||Alister McRae||David Senior||Nissan Sunny GTi|
|1994||Malcolm Wilson||Bryan Thomas||Ford Escort RS Cosworth|
|1993||Richard Burns||Robert Reid||Subaru Legacy RS|
|1992||Colin McRae||Derek Ringer||Subaru Legacy RS|
|1991||Colin McRae||Derek Ringer||Subaru Legacy RS|
|1990||David Llewellin||Phil Short||Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165|
RACMSA British Open Rally Championship
|1989||David Llewellin||Phil Short||Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165|
|1988||Jimmy McRae||Rob Arthur||Ford Sierra RS Cosworth|
|1987||Jimmy McRae||Ian Grindrod||Ford Sierra RS Cosworth|
|1986||Mark Lovell||Roger Freeman||Ford RS200|
|1985||Russell Brookes||Mike Broad||Opel Manta 400|
|1984||Jimmy McRae||Mike Nicholson||Opel Manta 400|
|1983||Stig Blomqvist||Bjorn Cederberg||Audi Quattro A2|
|1982||Jimmy McRae||Ian Grindrod||Opel Ascona 400|
|1981||Jimmy McRae||Ian Grindrod||Opel Ascona 400|
|1980||Ari Vatanen||David Richards||Ford Escort RS1800|
|1979||Pentti Airikkala||Risto Virtanen||Vauxhall Chevette HSR|
|1978||Hannu Mikkola||Arne Hertz||Ford Escort RS1800|
RAC British Rally Championship
|1977||Russell Brookes||John Brown||Ford Escort RS1800|
|1976||Ari Vatanen||Peter Bryant||Ford Escort RS1800|
|1975||Roger Clark||Jim Porter||Ford Escort RS1800|
|1974||Billy Coleman||Dan O'Sullivan||Ford Escort RS1600|
|1973||Roger Clark||Jim Porter||Ford Escort RS1600|
|1972||Roger Clark||Jim Porter||Ford Escort RS1600|
|1971||Chris Sclater||Martin Holmes||Ford Escort RS1600|
|1970||Will Sparrow||Nigel Raeburn||Mini Cooper S 1275|
|1969||John Bloxham||Richard Harper||Lancia Fulvia HF/Ford Escort TC|
|1968||Colin Malkin||John Brown||Hillman Rallye Imp|
|1967||Jim Bullough||Don Barrow||Ford Lotus Cortina|
|1966||Roy Fidler||Alan Taylor||Triumph 2000|
|1965||Roger Clark||Jim Porter||Ford Cortina|
|1964||Eric Jackson||Ken Joseph||Ford Cortina GT|
|1963||Tony Fisher||Brian Melia||Mini Cooper|
|1962||Tony Fisher||Brian Melia||Mini Cooper|
|1961||Bill Bengry||David Skeffington||Volkswagen 1500|
|1960||Bill Bengry||David Skeffington||Volkswagen 1200|
|1959||John Sprinzel||Stuart Turner||Austin-Healey Sprite|
|1958||Ron Gouldbourn||Stuart Turner||Triumph TR3A|
Multiple wins by individual
|Jimmy McRae||5||1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988|
|Roger Clark||4||1965, 1972, 1973, 1975|
|Mark Higgins||3||1997, 2005, 2006|
|Keith Cronin||3||2009, 2010, 2012|
|Bill Bengry||2||1960, 1961|
|Tony Fisher||2||1960, 1961|
|Russell Brookes||2||1977, 1985|
|Ari Vatanen||2||1976, 1980|
|David Llewellin||2||1989, 1990|
|Colin McRae||2||1991, 1992|
|Johnny Milner||2||2002, 2003|
|Guy Wilks||2||2002, 2003|
Multiple wins by car manufacturer
|Ford||18||1964, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2005|
|Mitsubishi Motors||5||2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011|
|British Motor Corporation||4||1959, 1962, 1963, 1970|
|Opel||4||1981, 1982, 1984, 1985|
|Subaru||4||1991, 1992, 1993, 2005|
|Toyota||3||1990, 2002, 2003|