Five drivers from this year’s MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) have been invited to compete at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking to the Forest Rally Stage at the world famous event, which begins at the end of June.
The championship will have a presence too; at the event to support Mark Donnelly, Gethin Jones, Jussi Kumpumäki, Garry Pearson and Osian Pryce, all of whom will drive their respective cars up the tricky stage over the festival weekend.
The drivers will attend Goodwood as a result of their class and overall victories on the opening BRC event of the season, Rallye Sunseeker International, a money-can’t-buy reward courtesy of the rally organiser Southern car Club (SCC)
As well as the BRC competitors, the championship will share the service area with the International Rally Drivers Club (IRDC). The club, which was formed in 1969, aims to enhance communication between those involved in the sport, and to promote, advance and protect national and international Rallying in the interests of competitors and organisers.
Southern Car Club’s Rick Smith: “We are proud to be organising the rally stage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed again and this is the second year that we have arranged for prize-invitations for BRC class winners from Rallye Sunseeker.
“It is a fantastic spectacle and the quality and range of drivers, cars and experience that will be represented, both on the hill and on the rally stage, helps make it arguably the best motoring event in the world.”
BRC Manager Mark Taylor: “We are so grateful to Rick and the team at Goodwood for arranging these invitations to the Festival of Speed. It is such a high profile event that it can’t fail to raise the profile of not only the drivers, but further enhance the profile of such an important series as the British Rally Championship.”
But before they get to Goodwood, the drivers and their co-drivers have another important engagement to fulfil. The fourth round of the MSA British Rally Championship, the Jim Clark International Rally, takes place over the Jubilee weekend on the closed public roads around motorsport legend Jim Clark’s home town.
So with just three weeks between this and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, they will all be hoping for trouble-free runs in the Scottish Borders.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed begins on Thursday 28th June with the Moving Motor Show, then continues over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, gates opening at 7am each day. For more information visit http://www.goodwood.co.uk/festival-of-speed
For more information on the MSA British Rally Championship visit www.rallybrc.co.uk.