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    Sensible idea and one that is being discussed at great length elsewhere. The problem is what may be good for British rallying isn't necessarily a fit with some people's commercial interests.

    Just read at lunchtime that Sam Moffet will be doing Ypres as a prize drive but think its a one off not a full BRC campaign
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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    I am not following BRC so close, but from my point of view as person from outside - BRC should more focus to be a national championship, not international. Not so much try to bring foreign drivers or organising foreign event abroad, but focus on persuading drivers from all parts of United Kingdom and Ireland to do that championship.
    Exactly! Which is what the other UK motorsport series are like - and they are a success. It should be showcase for the sport in the UK.
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    They can make strong national championship with good international crews, like it was in the history. But now they should primary focus on local drivers, grow their interest, show them that they should be interested to do the championship, that it has great value. Go step by step. It is same like with drivers career - you should go from smaller cars and smaller championships to WRC. There is not so many drivers who started immediatelly in WRC (or ERC) and succeed...

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    I think perhaps the BRC was let to go too far down, in fact so far down that it disappeared. The re-launch was, in hindsight, a false dawn.

    Everyone hoping it was going to go on to great things but in fact if we are honest we were just kidding ourselves.

    I'm sorry to be so pessimistic but I dont think its looking good for the future with the failure of some events to happen, organisers getting older and retiring, a lack of marshals and very low key media interest.
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    Both Malcolm Wilson & Border Counties now pulled.......not good, all the time and hard work by volunteers - gone! I'm particularly angry about the MW, as they had help from other events, and seemed to have a date/ dates - but the North Lakes forestry wouldn't allow access. Poor...is one day really too much to ask?
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    Not a great state of affairs. OK the weather hasn't helped however there are so many issues in UK rallying at the moment a lot of which appear to be H&S orientated that you have to be an eternal optimist to see it getting better anytime soon. Time for action David Richards.

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    Blimey, reading that you'd think the BRC was in rude health.......it couldn't be further from the truth. Watching both BSB and British GT over the weekend, one couldn't help feeling a tad jealous; strong entries, live TV/ streaming, decent sponsors, etc The modern BRC has nothing.
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    Oh boy, that is quite something Mr Evans...


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    If you ignore the reality of the current BRC like David Evans has it's actually a nice little article for a more mainstream audience, but even the quotes used by him (and the BRC itself) singing the virtues of the BRC are completely hollow, though I appreciate they were probably made around 2016. Ari Vatanen saying “The BRC is a fantastic proving ground for any young driver [...] the BRC: the best national rallying series in the world.” Yet, where's Max Vatanen...? In reality the BRC would now struggle to be considered for inclusion in a top 10 list of national rally championships, let alone challenge for the top spot... “It’s the place to be for any aspiring young driver who wants to make the step-up to international rallying,” says Malcolm Wilson. “Attracting young talent with its mix of gravel and asphalt rallies, the British Rally Championship really does provide the perfect platform for those looking to develop their skills and make a name for themselves among the rallying elite.” Yet this year he's running two gentleman drivers, and hasn't ran an 'aspiring young driver' in his BRC R5 team since Elfyn in 2016.

    Then the calendar at the end. The Ypres Rally is a great event in and of itself, but it shouldn't be in the British Championship, it looks so out of place on that calendar. The UK arguably has too many rallies, with the vast majority of them lacking any kind of prestige as events. The British Championship going to Belgium for what is now 20% of its calendar to find an actual 'event' is a probably deserved slap in the face for British rallying, but doesn't do anything to help it. Even more so when the BRC guys can't compete with the Belgium Championship regulars, so doesn't even help the British Championship's image itself...

    Unless some philanthropist or the MSA comes along with a desire to return the BRC to what it was, putting some money into the Championship and its events, I can't how the fortunes of the BRC can be changed. It's fallen too far. The 2016 relaunch wasn't built on any real foundations at all and that has revealed itself in the state of the BRC today.

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