BRC classes square up for the fight
Aside from the overall battle for victory in the MSA British Rally Championship, there are guaranteed to be fiercely fought tussles for class honours, as the 2009 season bursts into life on Bulldog International Rally North Wales this Saturday.

After two successful years, the Rally 1, 2, 3 and 4 class structure will remain in the BRC, the mainstay of which are the one-make seriesí, each fitting neatly into a class apiece.

Rally 1 will continue to encompass the Swift Sport Cup and other production cars up to 1600cc, while Rally 2 still encompasses the CitroŽn C2R2 Cup original and new Max specification 1600cc cars, as well as any other modified 1600s.

The only change to rally 3 is the adoption of the Fiesta SportTrophy and other 2 litre production (Group N) car which have moved from R2. Rally 3 still includes cars in the BRCís Diesel Rally Cup and Super 1600 cars.

Rally 4 is where the four wheel drive machinery resides; Mitsubishi and Subaru being the mainstay. But there is still the option for Super 2000 screamers to compete for R4 and overall honours within the BRC.

The front runners in the three non-4WD classes will probably play a supporting role on gravel if the conditions are wet, but the lightweight cars should come into their own when the Championship moves to asphalt in May.

There will undoubtedly be some surprisingly tight finishes in the classes, but the fantastic condition of the Rally North Wales stages might even allow some giant killing too; watch out for the two wheel drive the crews doing their dry-weather dances in the Bala services area.

Unofficial BRC entry list for Bulldog International Rally of North Wales

No
BRC TEAM
Driver
Co-Driver
Car

1
PIRELLI TEG SPORT
Mark Higgins
Bryan Thomas
Subaru Impreza N11

2
Keith Cronin
Greg Shinnors
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

3
TEAM JRM LICO
Stuart Jones
Andy Bull
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

4
TEAM JRM LICO
David Bogie
Kevin Rae
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10

5
PIRELLI TEG SPORT
Adam Gould
Sebastian Marshall
Subaru Impreza N14

6
Andreas SjŲlander
HŚkan Jacobsson
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

7
REVOLUTION WHEELS
Rob Swann
Darren Garrod
Subaru Impreza N14

8
Dave Weston Jr
Neil Shanks
Subaru Impreza N14

9
REVOLUTION WHEELS
Euan Thorburn
Claire Mole
Subaru Impreza N14

10
Jonny Greer
Anthony O'Connail
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

11
Alastair Fisher
Barry McNulty
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

12
Matti Rantanen
Mikko Lukka
Renault Clio Ragnotti

15
Chris Firth
Martyn Taylor
Subaru Impreza N12

18
Tom Walster
Tim Sturla
Renault Clio

19
Martin McCormack
Phil Clarke
CitroŽn C2R2 Max

20
Jason Pritchard
Andrew Edwards
CitroŽn C2R2 Max

21
Mark Gamble
Steve Link
CitroŽn C2R2

22
Andrew Hockridge
Rich Mills
CitroŽn C2R2 Max

23
Kris Hall
Robbie Durant
Ford Fiesta ST

24
Craig Breen
Gareth Roberts
Ford Fiesta ST

25
Stefan Davis
Kim Baker
Ford Fiesta ST

26
Barry Greer
John Lemon
Ford Fiesta ST

28
Stevie Brown
Andrew Roughead
Ford Fiesta ST

29
Kyle Orr
Rob Fagg
Ford Fiesta ST

30
Rory Hall
Lee Burgess
Ford Fiesta ST

31
Mark Donnelly
Paddy Robinson
Ford Fiesta ST

32
Martyn Jones
Kris Killip
Ford Fiesta ST

33

Patrick Malley
Malcolm Read
Ford Fiesta ST

34

Ross Forde
Gary McElhinney
Ford Fiesta ST

36
Steve Graham
Tony Graham
Vauxhall Astra Rally D

37
Fin McCaul
Huw Mathias
BMW 120D

38
Joseph McGonigle
Patrick Brides
Honda Civic SiR

39
Luke Pinder
Peter Scott
Suzuki Swift Sport

40
Richard Sykes
Simon Taylor
Suzuki Swift Sport

41
Molly Taylor
Jemma Bellingham
Suzuki Swift Sport

42
Gordon Nichol
Emma Morrison
Suzuki Swift Sport

43
David Harrison
Glyn Thomas
Suzuki Swift Sport

44
Nick Everard
Chris Davies
Suzuki Swift Sport

A full list of entries is available on the event's own website at www.bulldog-rally.co.uk

For more information on the MSA British Rally Championship visit www.rallybrc.co.uk or its support series, the BRC Challenge at www.rallybrcchallenge.co.uk


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