The 55th running of the MSA British Rally Championship will see seven events in its 2014 calendar, with just one significant change, following a two year break, Rally Isle of Man returns to Britain’s premier rally series.
Providing a balanced split between gravel and asphalt, the 2014 series will now field three closed road and four classic forest events in its calendar, with the best five results deciding the overall champions.
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Also a new joint initiative with the MSA and BHRC will see the events run a National A Rally for both modern and historic two wheel drive cars. BRC crews will benefit from this National A rally’s full mileage and will be seeded at the front, continuing to enjoy gravel reconnaissance.
This group will be followed closely by two further BRC categories and the field of thoroughbred Historic cars which will complete around 75% of the full route. Of significance, entries will be open to both none championship registered competitors and non-homologated two wheel drive cars.
Mark Taylor, Managing Director of UK Rally Ltd:
"I must thank the organising committee of the MSA British Historic Rally Championship who have been supportive in returning the BRC to the front of the field, in recognition that the Championship is the pinnacle of the sport in the UK and that our medium powered two wheel drive cars on uncut gravel control tyres, create very little damage to the road surface.
“This initiative will provide a National A rally that is traditionally seeded, with the head of the snake doing the full route, allowing the tail to break away for their relevant podiums and finish ceremonies, rather than the other way around, which has been heavily criticised over the years. What is also important to note, that this move will provide non homologated cars and none registered competitors to take part in these longer classic and iconic events."
The return of the Microgaming Rally Isle of Man brings with it the ultra-challenging closed-roads stages made famous down the event’s 50 year history, bringing the cream of Britain’s rally crews as well as those from further afield to the island next September.
Speaking about the return of Rally Isle of Man, Taylor said:
"Rally Isle of Man has never really fallen off our radar and now with a rejuvenated team at the helm, it has all the ingredients to become an epic event again. New initiatives have reduced the costs, provided direct sailings from Belfast, a Douglas promenade ceremonial start and spectator stage have created something new, enhancing the classic Manx stages that competitor's love so much. I am looking forward to working with the new organising team, its partners and the Isle of Man Government in creating a festival of four wheeled motorsport."
John Gill, Chairman of Rally Isle of Man:
“When Mark approached us, the opportunity to bring the highly impressive BRC teams back to our event was just too good to miss. We’ve obviously made quite a lot of changes since they last appeared here, and combining the committed driving and close competition of the BRC and Challenge with the Rallee Classicagh and Manx International rallies should ensure that we have something for every rally fan in 2014!”
2014 MSA British Rally Championship Calendar*
5/6 April - Rally North Wales
3/4 May -Pirelli Rally
30/31 May - Jim Clark Rally
27/28 June - Scottish Rally
15/16 August - Ulster Rally
11-13 September - Rally Isle of Man
17/18 October - Rallye Sunseeker
*The 2014 MSA British Rally Championship calendar is subject to final ratification by the sports UK governing body, the Motor Sports Association and will be confirmed on publication of the Championship regulations.