PREVIEW: 2016 MSA BRC – Ulster Rally

by Umar Hassan

With the 2016 MSA British Rally Championship nearing its conclusion, the teams and crews head to Northern Ireland for the penultimate round of the season at the Ulster Rally.

Most of the drivers have elected to play their ‘BRC Joker’ this weekend to double their points in the Drivers’ Standings as the 2016 season nears its conclusion at the Isle of Man Rally on the 15-17 September 2016.

Championship Leader Elfyn Evans in his DMACK British Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 will be looking to add a fourth win of the season in Ulster.

The Welshman’s nearest rival in the Drivers’ Standings, Tom Cave is 39 points behind Evans in second having finished in the top four of the five rallies contested this season.

Fredrik Åhlin is third in the standings despite taking a win at the Pirelli Carlisle Rally this year. Åhlin’s team-mate David Bogie is seventh in the standings after showing great pace all season in the Škoda Fabia R5.

Returning to the BRC at the Ulster Rally are Keith Cronin and local Ulsterman Matty McCormack who was cruelly denied victory at the Circuit of Ireland in April. McCormack will be hoping for the luck of Irish to give himself a chance of winning this weekend.

Credit: CA1 Sport

Credit: CA1 Sport

BRC Championship Manager Iain Campbell said “The BRC is all set for a two-day titanic Tarmac test. It is great to be returning to the legendary Irish asphalt and all the challenges it brings.

“The day on Tarmac on the Nicky Grist Stages helped competitors get their eye in for the remainder of the season. Crews will be looking forward to the all-asphalt Ulster Rally as it will be new for the majority of the competitors with its new base in Derry/Londonderry.

“The event has such heritage and it is great for the BRC to be part of it. Not only will our teams battle each other, they will also go head-to-head against the Irish Tarmac Championship runners for the outright win. The pace is going to be phenomenal.”

The 2016 Ulster Rally takes place on the 19-20 August 2016 from its new base in Derry/Londonderry, with action due to begin at 13:00pm UK time.

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