FIA class created for 2012 BHRC

Cars running to FIA historic specification will be able to compete within the 2012 Kololi Beach Club MSA British Historic Rally Championship.

The BHRC management team has confirmed that, following approval from the MSA, a separate HRCR FIA Cup will be run for cars built to FIA specification and running with FIA Historic Technical Passports. This facility will not be available in any other UK-based championship.

The same cut off date of 31 December 1981 will apply and the FIA cars will compete in their own class for separate awards and will not score overall BHRC points. The HRCR FIA Cup will run in parallel to the main BHRC, covering the same calendar of events. “This development is good news; it will be run in 2012 on a trial basis in consultation with the MSA,” said championship manager Simon Marks. “We will shortly announce a class structure for the HRCR FIA Cup and look forward to welcoming crews with FIA cars to rounds of the BHRC.”

New title for 2012 BHRC

The MSA British Historic Rally Championship will have a new title for 2012 thanks to on-going backing from former competitor Martin Freestone though his Kololi Beach Club operation.

To be titled the Kololi Beach Club MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the series will take in eight events starting with the Mid-Wales Stages on Sunday 4 March. Dunlop continues as tyre supplier for 2012, and major backer of the championship, despite not now appearing in the title.

“We are delighted that Martin Freestone is continuing to back the BHRC,” said championship co-ordinator Simon Marks. “In recent years we have seen Gambia and WONAGO branding, and for 2012 the marketing focus shifts to Kololi Beach Club.

Kololi Beach Club provides holiday ownership at resorts in The Gambia, China and now Bali. Kololi Beach Club is associated with over 2,500 quality resorts worldwide, including names like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and Disney.

Kololi Beach Club provides luxury one and two bedroom villas and apartments and is classified a ‘premier’ resort by the world’s leading holiday ownership exchange company; Interval International. This classification has been awarded to Kololi Beach Club for the past 25 years; in recognition of providing ‘outstanding resorts with excellent services’.

“I have not rallied for several years, due mainly to business commitments,” said Freestone. “Sponsoring the championship keeps my interest in historic rallying with the type of cars I drove in the 1970 and 1980s. I will be back competing soon!”

Date change for 2012 BHRC schedule

The date for the second round of the 2012 Dunlop/WONAGO MSA British Historic Rally Championship has been changed.

The organisers of the Bulldog Historic Rally have brought the date of their event forward one week and it will now run on Saturday 24 March. All other details of the Bulldog, including the rally HQ at Welshpool Livestock Sales remain unchanged.

The remaining BHRC dates are as previously published.

The full BHRC calendar is: Sun 4 March; Mid Wales Stages (gravel) Sat 24 March; Bulldog Rally (gravel) Sat 28 April; Pirelli Historic Rally (gravel) Sat 9 June; Severn Valley Stages (gravel) Sun 29 July; Harry Flatters Rally (asphalt) Fri/Sat 17/18 August; Ulster Historic Rally (asphalt) Fri/Sat 7/8 Sept; Tour of Flanders (asphalt) Sat 6 Oct; Colin McRae Stages (gravel)

BHRC season review DVD released

The review of the Dunlop/Wonago MSA British Historic Rally Championship is now available from David Winstanley at RallyTV. The DVD covers all seven rounds of the championship as the BHRC crews delivered an outstanding spectacle from the forests of Wales to the asphalt of Ulster.

The two-hour long review comes with a free two-hour on-board DVD featuring stunning footage from top line drivers like Julian Reynolds, Nick Elliott, Will Onions and David Stokes. The complete package, providing a full four hours of entertainment, is priced at just £20.

The DVD package can be ordered on-line at:

http://www.bazaarbuilder.com/cgi-bin/rallytv/myshop.php?merchant=rallytv&catparid=3

Backing for the 2011 TV coverage of the BHRC came from TV partners CES (www.cesuk.com), Sherwood Engines (www.sherwoodengines.co.uk), Skipton Ford (www.skipton-ford.co.uk), Tuthill Porsche (www.francistuthill.co.uk), West Wales Rally Spares (www.westwalesrallyspares.co.uk) and XS Racing (www.xsracing.net)