British Rally Championship announces changes for 2012

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UK Rally, organizers of the Dulux MSA British Rally Championship have confirmed that the series will only be open to two-wheel drive cars from 2012. This move is designed to encourage competitors with its lower costs and engage with UK Car manufacturers and importers, plus put the BRC on a firm footing for the next five years.

The 2012 Championship will therefore solely focus on homologated two-wheel drive car with up to 2.0-lire engine capacity, alongside cars that are still homologated in groups A & N and includes the new breed of Group R class cars currently produced by Renault, Peugeot, Suzuki, Ford and Citroën. Other manufacturers expected to homologate for this class in 2011 include MINI and Skoda.
The series will retain its international status which has been successful in attracting foreign competitors from all over the world and manufacturer based single make series such as those run in the past by Peugeot UK and Mitsubishi will continue to feature.

The British Junior Championship will focus on the Rally 1 class, a manufacturer backed one make series, where budding juniors will be able to showcase their talent and incentives will be provided so that natural progression up the ranks is realised.

Contracts already in place for 2012 include Sky Sports who will continue to showcase the series with high definition technology. Pirelli will continue to provide the control tyres and with it, the coveted Star
Driver programme.

To see more action from last years championship, check out the video below.