With the British Rally Championship (BRC) kicking off this weekend, we thought we’d shine the spotlight on all things BRC in this blog post. The British Rally Championship after all holds a very special place in our hearts here at U-Student as we are proudly one of the sponsors for Alex Laffey and his team. We are now going into our 7th year of sponsorship, alongside title sponsor Nuevo Club and with M Sport running the car for its 3rd consecutive year the new rally season should be a good one! The BRC is however first and foremost a fantastic event that celebrates the most spectacular motorsport in the UK. Here we pay homage to the British Rally Championship ahead of its first round this Saturday with five facts you may not have known about the event.
Whilst the technology used in the British Rally Championship is the most cutting edge in motorsport, it’s been around for 61 years now. It first run as the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship in 1958 and has been making rally champions ever since.
You have to be the best to become a rally legend at the British Rally Championship, but being crowned BRC Champion isn’t the end of the journey. Five BRC Champions – namely Hannu Mikkola, Ari Vatanen, Stig Blomqvist, Colin McRae and Richard Burns – have gone onto become World Rally Champions a year or two after their victories.
The series sees competitors take on the most iconic rallies not just in this country but in neighbouring Europe. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever with asphalt special stages and gravel tests on seven rallies throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Belgium.
As we mentioned this well-timed blog post comes to you just before the first round of the BRC this weekend. It’s due to take place in Wales at the Visit Conwy Cambrian 2019, a dual permit event that’s playing host to the BTRDA, Welsh and ANWCC championships as well as the British Rally Championship.
BRC crews will take on 67 stage miles, with the event set to start at 8am on Saturday 16th February 2019 before finishing on the promenade in the seaside town of Llandudno that evening.
We’ve been Alex and his team’s sponsor for years now, and are flying the flag even higher as they enter the 2019 British Rally Championship.
Driver Alex Laffey is no stranger to the BRC as he starts his fourth season. Alex and his team placed second in the BRC Challenge Junior Driver and third in the BRC Challenge back in 2010. Since then the team has won numerous awards, including titles at the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship and the North of England Tarmacadam Rally Championship. Last season was a year of breakthroughs for Laffey with his first fastest time on gravel and first BRC podium at Wales Rally GB on his way to second in the standing. Alex is supported by new co-driver Stuart Loudon this year and their car is one of a two car M-Sport team this year.
To find out more about the BRC, visit www.britishrallychampionship.co.uk. Don’t forget to show your support for Alex and the team at this weekend’s event too!