The MSA British Rally Championship’s R1 category will benefit from a guaranteed maximum entry fee on all seven rounds from 2013. All events have set a maximum of £10 per stage mile for cars which conform to the R1 regulations, making it amongst the best value stage rallying in the British Isles.
Not only are the entry fees guaranteed to be value for money, but the cars are probably the cheapest to run at this level of the sport. Modern chassis design with standard engines, gearboxes and very few modifications allowed, provide close competition and easy to maintain motor sport.
With next season’s Pirelli Star Driver competition focusing on the lower classes, the R1 car also provides an opportunity for some giant killing and outstanding performances amongst more powerful cars, which will stand out from the crowd with the judges when deciding who gets the coveted yellow jersey.
Four makes of car are currently eligible in the R1 category, the Ford Fiesta, Citroën DS3, Renault Twingo and Toyota Yaris. But with the BRC’s passport system effectively allowing one-offs to be converted, many more cars could eventually benefit from this most inexpensive top level rallying.
It will be from R1 that the British Junior Rally Championship will once again emerge at the end of the season, Scotsman Garry Pearson taking the honours in 2012 and collecting his award at the Motor Sports Association’s Pall Mall headquarters alongside a galaxy of motorsport stars.
R1 cars which will run in Classes 9 or 10, the category which also allows Group N up to 1600 cc which are, of course, also eligible to score points in the new BRC’s RallyTwo championship.
Championship Manager Mark Taylor: “We are constantly striving to keep the cheque book out of rallying in the BRC and the R1 category certainly ticks all the cost-cutting the boxes. The cars are an ideal place to start and great fun to drive, perfect for anyone wanting to learn their craft too. They have proved to be very reliable, consume very few parts and are easy to maintain. Last year Garry (Pearson) and Steve (Røkland) proved that the cars are capable of beating more powerful cars and with event support for the Ford, Renault and Citroën it is a great way to start in the championship.”
For more information on the MSA British Rally Championship visit www.rallybrc.co.uk.