The dates for the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship have been confirmed, with an eight-event, nine-round, schedule covering five gravel and three asphalt rallies.
The Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club is promoting the MSA BHRC under a five-year contract and 2017 will be the third year of that agreement.
The 2017 calendar takes in some of the very best gravel and asphalt rallies in the UK and adds a brand new event, the ALMC Stages in Ireland on Sunday 2nd of July. Based just outside Dublin, this first-class closed-road rally offers a time and cost-effective Irish event and marks the first time that the championship has visited Southern Ireland. With easy access from the ferry ports and Dublin airport, it should be a popular addition to the schedule.
Once again, Rally Isle of Man will run to a double-header format and the three asphalt events have been grouped together to make things easier for crews changing cars from gravel to asphalt specification.
“We have responded to our competitors by adjusting the balance slightly between asphalt and gravel rallies,” said championship manager Colin Heppenstall. “There is a growing move towards asphalt events in historic rallying and we have reflected this is our calendar.”
The championship will be officially launched at Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC (12th to the 15th of January) when championship registrations will be open.
The full 2017 BHRC calendar is:
Sunday 19th of February: Red Kite Stages
Saturday 1st of April: North Wales Stages
Saturday 29th of April: Pirelli Carlisle Rally
Saturday 3rd of June: Severn Valley Stages
Sunday 2nd of July: ALMC Stages
Sunday 30th of July: Harry Flatters Rally
Thurs-Sat 14th to the 16th of Sep: Isle of Man Classic
Fri/Sat 29th/30th of Sep: Trackrod Historic Cup
Reserve event: Fri/Sat 9th/10th of June, Carlisle Stages
Note: dates are subject to MSA approval