2015 BHRC schedule unveiled

The calendar for the 2015 MSA British Historic Rally Championship has been unveiled as Britain’s leading championship for historic cars starts a new five-year term under the control of the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club.Six gravel rallies and three asphalt rounds, including a double-header on the Isle of Man will make up a fresh new schedule for the championship and two events, the Red Kite Stages and Neath Valley Stages will run at British championship level for the first time. Many of the events will retain successful formats, while the Pirelli Rally will feature a significantly revised route with reduced road mileage.The 2015 MSA British Rally Championship will be a National ‘A’ status championship catering for cars from MSA historic Categories One (pre ’68), Two (1968-74), Three (1975-81) and Four (1981-85). Additionally there will be classes for cars from the same periods prepared to FIA Appendix K regulations.Crews will count their best six scores from nine rounds, which will allow those unable to commit to the Isle of Man trip to still mount a serious championship bid. Championship manager Colin Heppenstall believes that most crews will contest either the Isle of Man Classic or the Trackrod as the deciding events run back-to-back in late September. The Isle of Man will run as a double-header with a full set of points for each half of the rally.“We wanted to make sure asphalt was part of the championship and we’ve added a great value one-day event in the Harry Flatters as well as a major ‘sail-away’ event on the Isle of Man,” said Heppenstall. “We hope the championship will go down to the wire in September.”Heppenstall also paid tribute to the event organisers. “We’ve had tremendous support from the events, both from those that have worked with us over the last two years and from those that are new to working with us.”Competitor interest is already running at very high levels and 2014 R.A.C Rally Championship winner Nick Elliott was among the first to confirm plans to contest the 2015 BHRC. “It’s a great calendar,” said Elliott. “It’s a lot of the rallies I’d want to do even if I wasn’t chasing the championship.”The full BHRC calendar is:Sunday 1 February: Red Kite Stages Sunday 1 March: Mid Wales StagesSaturday 25 April: Pirelli RallySaturday 30 May: Severn Valley StagesSunday 26 July: Harry Flatters RallySaturday 15 August: Neath Valley StagesThurs-Sat 17-19 Sep: Isle of Man ClassicFri/Sat 25/26 Sep: Trackrod Historic CupNote: subject to MSA approval