The organisers of the MSA British Rally Championship formally unveiled some of its plans for 2014 at the annual competitors open day at Curborough Sprint Circuit last week.
Championship manager Mark Taylor was on hand to brief those attending on the 2014 structure, with one of the main announcements being the creation of the Constructors’ Commission.
The commission has been set-up, amongst other objectives, to broaden the appeal of the sport, with the result of recent meetings of the commission creating the opportunity for some new and exciting cars to run at the head of the rallies in 2014.
Also announced was changes to the nomination process for the Pirelli Star Driver, with finalists to be selected from championship category winners, rather than the traditional on-event selection that had been utilised in recent seasons.
The successful Road to Wales initiative was confirmed to be continuing next year, the scheme having seen six BRC stars get the opportunity to tackle this year’s Wales Rally GB.
Renault were on hand to confirm that the Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy UK prize in BRC3 will provide the winner with a fully funded drive in an R2 car on Rallye Du Var in November 2014.
Abarth UK were also in attendance promoting their intention to enter the BRC5 category with a one make series and BRC1 with their R3T 500, while M-Sport demonstrated their BRC3 spec Fiestas.
“Recent performances by our competitors on Wales Rally GB reinforces the BRC’s pre-eminent position as a championship that is developing real talent, and as a result, the BRC is running at the head of the events in 2014,” said championship manager Taylor.
“Amalgamating the Challenge and allowing non homologated cars in the Championship provides competitor choice, opportunity and progression for those with either ambition or some who just want to enter classic rallies, have fun and take part alongside some of the fastest drivers of their generation.”