Fans set for British Rally bonanza at Autosport Show


The new-look MSA British Rally Championship will have its first official outing this month as it heads to the Autosport International show in Birmingham (14-17 January).

While the first rally isn’t until 5/6 March when the series heads to the Mid-Wales Stages, fans will have the chance to get close to some of the championships leading drivers and iconic cars.

Taking pride of place on Stand 8435 will be JRM’s Subaru WRX STI in the nostalgic Colin McRae livery which David Higgins drove to Production class victory last November at Wales Rally GB.

Fans will also be able to check out Tony Pond’s 1986 MG Metro 6R4, Blair Brown‘s DMACK Junior BRC Ford Fiesta R2T, Vauxhall Motorsport’s new Adam R2 and the Ford Fiesta R5 that will be driven by MSA English Rally Champion Rhys Yates.

Fans will be able to get up close to Tony Pond's Metro 6R4
Fans will be able to get up close to Tony Pond’s Metro 6R4 at the show

Aside from the static display there wil be guests on the stand throughout the show with Max and Ari Vatanen making an appearance on Thursday along with BRC round-winner and Skoda Fabia R5 driver Neil Simpson.

Former BRC Champion and multiple Rally America National Champion David Higgins will be making an appearance on Friday.

Vauxhall Motorsport Adam R2 Junior Team will be confirming their two drivers while 2014 Junior British Rally Champion Gus Greensmith and new co-driver Alex Gelsomino will be on hand to talk about the season-opening rally.

“Preparations are rapidly gathering pace now ahead of the 2016 season,” said BRC Championship Manager Iain Campbell, “and there could be no better platform to kick it all off than Autosport International. As the world’s pre-eminent motor sport show, it is the place to be in January, frequented by industry insiders and thousands of passionate fans alike.

“We are delighted to be sharing a stand with Wales Rally GB, and to have secured such a fantastic array of cars to go on display is a major coup. Not only that, but to have so many of our competitors coming along with their own exciting news to break really is the icing on the cake. You’d be mad to miss it!”

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