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2018 MSA British Historic Rally Championship

Posted: December 13, 2017 4:14 PM - 936 Hits

BHRC2 announced for Category 1 and 1600cc cars

Posted: December 13, 2017 4:14 PM

A new division within the MSA British Historic Rally Championship, called BHRC2, will turn the spotlight on the Category 1 (pre-1968) and 1600cc cars in the championship.

BHRC2 has been developed in response to the upsurge in interest from those looking to compete in Category 1 cars and 1600cc cars from across the historic age groups, which now run up to 1990. The new Rally 2WD event format, and revised running order on gravel events, has rebuilt interest in gravel rallying for these cars.

“We have created BHRC2 to give these competitors their own identity within the overall championship,” said Colin Heppenstall from the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club. “The overall BHRC is, of course, topped by the pace-setting cars and BHRC2 will be the ideal championship for clubmen, younger drivers and those moving to historic rallying for the first time.”

The scoring within BHRC2 will be based on category and class points only, unlike the main BHRC which factors in overall points as well. BHRC2 will mirror the full BHRC schedule but the best five scores from eight rounds will count, thus allowing crews to select the events they most want to contest.

As well as a separate points’ table and end of season awards, BHRC2 will have dedicated media coverage and its own champagne sprays at the end of each rally.

“The very encouraging response to the new Rally 2WD initiative includes a significant number of drivers from Category 1 and those with 1600cc cars,” said Heppenstall. “We believe that the launch of BHRC2 will help to encourage these cars back out onto the stages.”

2018 BHRC dates announced

Posted: October 12, 2017 6:44 AM

The provisional calendar for the 2018 MSA British Historic Rally Championship has been announced as the series organisers move to ensure that the historic crews get the best possible road conditions on the five gravel rallies.

The 2018 calendar will feature a number of significant changes, most notable being a commitment that the historic crews will run ahead of the four-wheel-drive cars on all five gravel events.

When announcing the dates, championship manager Colin Heppenstall re-affirmed that the BHRC would remain a two-wheel drive only championship until at least the end of the current contract for the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club. Four-wheel drive cars form the new historic Category 4b will not be admitted.

The schedule has been reduced by one event to take in seven rallies and eight rounds, with five gravel rounds and three asphalt rounds. Rally Isle of Man will again be a double-header round.

The provisional schedule, subject to MSA approval is:

    Saturday 24 March: North Wales Stages
    This event will run to the new Rally 2WD format

    Saturday 28 April: Pirelli Rally
    This event will continue to run the two-wheel drive event first

    Friday/Saturday 8/9 June: Carlisle Stages
    This event will run historics first on the road

    Saturday 23 June: Red Kite Stages
    This event will run to the new Rally 2WD format

    Sunday 29 July: Harry Flatters Rally
    Asphalt event on the Epynt ranges

    Thursday-Saturday 13-15 September: Rally Isle of Man
    Asphalt double-header event on closed public roads

    Friday/Saturday 28/29 September: Trackrod Historic Cup
    The format of this event will be confirmed in due course
“We’ve given a lot of thought to what our competitors want and we believe that the best possible stage conditions on the gravel events is the top priority,” said Heppenstall. “Being able to run the historics ahead of 4x4s on all the gravel stages is a major development for the BHRC.”

Championship Rounds (Provisional)

Posted: October 12, 2017 6:27 AM

    1 Rally North Wales - (Sat) 24 Mar 18
    2 Pirelli International Rally - 28-29 Apr 18
    3 Carlisle Stages - (Sat) 9 Jun 18
    4 Red Kite Stages - (Sat) 23 Jun 18
    5 Harry Flatters Rally - 30 Jul 17
    6 & 7 Rally Isle of Man - 13-15 Sep 18
    8 Trackrod Forest Stages - (Sat) 29 Sep 18
Dates subject to MSA approval

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