A revised calendar designed to ease the time and financial commitment for competitors is the key development for the 2012 Dunlop/WONAGO MSA British Historic Rally Championship.
Given the current financial climate, the BHRC management team has taken the difficult decision to drop the Isle of Man Historic Rally from the main BHRC. The event will remain as a round of the Water End Asphalt Cup, but is replaced in the main schedule by the return of the Harry Flatters Rally on Epynt.
Meanwhile, the BHRC has extended the exclusive Dunlop tyre supply contract for a fourth year. For 2010, the MSA awarded a five-year contract to the Historic Rally Car Register to manage the championship. The current agreement will take the championship through until at least 2014 under the same management.
The decision to downgrade the Isle of Man event for the 2012 season was taken after extensive dialogue with competitors. While the fabulous challenge of rallying on the Isle of Man remains, the decision was heavily influenced by the cost of getting to the event and the time needed away from businesses in order to compete on the island. The event’s place in the BHRC will be reviewed again for 2013.
The Harry Flatters Rally, which many crews can contest without any time off work and only one night away, returns to the main series on Sunday 29 July to maintain the balance of five gravel events and three asphalt rallies.
“We have listened to the views of our contenders and have made some difficult decisions about the 2012 calendar,” said championship manager Simon Marks. “We plan to announce the full BHRC schedule within the next two or three weeks.”