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BRITISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP


2021 British Rally Championship
1 Circuit of Ireland, Belfast 2/3 April
2 Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton, Clacton 24/25 April
3 Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally, Duns 28/29 May
4 Nicky Grist Stages, Builth Wells 10 July
5 Grampian Forest Stages, Banchory 14 August
6 Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, Scarborough 24/25 September
7. Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally, Llandudno 30 October

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:14 September 19

Edwards makes it back-to-back British Rally Championship titles

Welshman Matt Edwards became a double British Rally Champion at the Galloway Hills Rally in Scotland last weekend (14 September). After a ding-dong battle all season with sparring partner Tom Cave, Edwards and co-driver Patrick Walsh were crowned the 2019 champions after a stellar campaign in Britain’s premier rallying series.

Billed as the ‘Run to the Hills’ the pulsating British Rally Championship season finale was to be set in south Scotland, with the heavyweight title decider a tantalising prospect for the thousands of spectators lining the stages. Matt Edwards came into the showdown only needing a seventh-place finish or better to become the first double champion since Keith Cronin in 2009/2010. Packing his Pirelli-supported Ford Fiesta R5 with a raft of spares, the M-Sport star set-off into the eight-stage event, just looking to finish. Title rival Tom Cave and his co-driver Dale Bowen had to win to bring himself into contention.

Cave and Bowen blitzed the event and won all eight stages in their Michelin-shod Hyundai i20 R5. Cave may have won the battle in Scotland, but Edwards won the war – threading his way through the gravel tests to bring his Fiesta into third overall – enough to seal him his second domestic title.

Jonny Greer was to be reunited with Dai Roberts for the Galloway Hills as usual co-driver Kirsty Riddick, was organising the event. The pair gelled once again and Greer, known for his tarmac prowess pushed his Fiesta R5 hard all day and mixed it in the battle with Cave and Edwards, splitting the championship contenders, and in the process sealed his first podium in the BRC since the Ulster Rally in 2016.

Matt Edwards said:
“I went into the last stage just wanting it to be over and it was a tough event for us to drive, as we had to make sure we got to that finish line. M-Sport, Patrick [Walsh] and the whole team have made it all perfect for me and to have everything come together again is really sweet. I hope Tom [Cave] takes it as a compliment, but to beat him this year is really special and to enjoy this season long fight was great for the championship and to beat him on pace, I am really chuffed. It’s just unbelievable!”

Tom Cave said:
“We had a really good day in the car, clean sweep of stage wins and we came out fighting which is what we had to do to try and win the championship and take the fight to Matt. Congratulations to him and Patrick, but we did all we could today and Dale [Bowen] did a fantastic job. I have had too many bridesmaid moments and naturally we are gutted but to round out the year with a win is a great feeling, especially in some great stages up here in Scotland and it’s been a very enjoyable year!”

Elsewhere, in the Junior BRC, Northern Irishman William Creighton and navigator Liam Regan put an end to their torrid luck and ended their two-year winless streak to chalk-up their first Junior BRC win since the Ulster Rally in 2017. The Peugeot 208 R2 crew had a heart-stopping moment on stage two when a puncture nearly ended their chances. A fight back on the remainder of the six stages netted them the final £2,500 cheque from Peugeot UK and Total and the icing on the cake came for Liam Regan who was crowned the 2019 JBRC co-drivers Champion.

Overall British Rally Championship Drivers Standings

Matt Edwards – 111
Tom Cave – 98
Josh McErlean – 42
David Bogie – 41
William Creighton – 35

Overall British Rally Championship Co-Drivers Standings

Patrick Walsh – 108
Dale Bowen – 68
James Morgan – 43
John Rowan – 41
Keaton Williams – 38

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: 7 April 2019

Double top for Cave in the BRC

Tom Cave produced a faultless drive to win the third round of the British Rally Championship – the Pirelli International Rally last weekend (27 April). Along with co-driver Dale Bowen, the Welsh pairing marched to a 17.6 second victory in their Michelin-shod Hyundai i20 R5 on the third round of the series and for Cave he made it two wins on the bounce in Britain’s premier rallying series. WRC2 star Rhys Yates made an impressive return to the series to clinch second in his Skoda Fabia R5, while 2011 BRC champion David Bogie in another Fabia R5 produced a spirited drive to seal the final spot on an all-star podium.

The Pirelli International Rally got underway at the impressive Pirelli factory just outside Carlisle where the British Rally Championship runners were flagged away at a vibrant family fun day. 60 miles of fast and furious action through the iconic Kielder forest followed, with the champagne being sprayed in nearby Brampton town centre for those who conquered the demanding gravel stages. Joining the BRC regulars was Hyundai factory driver Jari Huttunen, who provided high-speed competition in his Hyundai i20 R5.

Huttunen was quickest out of the blocks on the opening stage, but it was Hyundai team mate Tom Cave who would go quickest on the second test. Cave debuted the i20 R5 on the Cumbrian event in 2017, but had to retire with mechanical failure. There were no such problems this time round as the West Cork winner continued to flex his muscles as he galloped away to a 17.6 second victory to claim maximum points for a second consecutive event to lead the overall drivers’ standings. Cave was pleased with the victory – and was also delighted to give his co-driver his first BRC win.

“It’s a nice feeling to get two on the bounce,” said Cave. “We had a good morning loop and that set the tone for the rest of the day and I managed the gap this afternoon. Thank you to everybody who got the car here, the tyres worked really well, and I am really pleased to give Dale [Bowen] his first rally win. Heading to Ypres, we are really in the championship fight and I really want to take this momentum into the next round and push on for another win.”

Rhys Yates made a welcome return to the British Championship on the Cumbrian round. The Englishman has been excelling in the World Rally Championship this year and used the Pirelli round to gain vital miles before his next WRC2 outing in Portugal. Aboard his Skoda Fabia R5 and with James Morgan calling the notes, Yates made an instant impact, setting fastest time on the third stage as he charged to second place overall – repeating his best BRC result which he achieved exactly 12 months ago.

Huttunen finished third overall but wasn’t registered for BRC points which meant 2011 champion David Bogie rounded out the BRC rostrum in his Skoda Fabia R5. After an early bath last year, the Scotsman fought tooth and nail, as he battled at the front of the field, despite a mid-event puncture.

Reigning Champion Matt Edwards and co-driver Patrick Walsh started at car one after Edwards’ 2018 success. The Welsh pair struggled with road sweeping duties early on, but despite that – diced for the overall win. However, disaster struck, as on stage three the M-Sport driver suffered two punctures on the rough, demanding stages. Struggling on, the duo attempted to nurse the car on the road section back to service but in the process were in breach of the regulations and thus were struck from the overall results.

 

With half the season complete, the BRC will return to action on the Renties Ypres Rally after the summer break on the 28-29 June.

BRC Championship points after round 3/6

Drivers
1 Tom Cave – 50
2 Matt Edwards – 43
3 David Bogie – 41
4 Marty McCormack – 27
5 Josh Moffett – 25
6 Rhys Yates – 18
7 Josh McErlean – 14
8 Desi Henry – 12
9= William Creighton – 10
9= Jonny Greer – 10

 

 

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