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The 51st year of the MSA British Rally Championship is shaping up to be a real hum-dinger with a fierce and ultra close battle for the top spot.
Just two points split new-boy leader Keith Cronin and triple Champion Mark Higgins, which seems pretty close, as the season heads into its second half. As July’s Rally Isle of Man entry deadline looms, the Championship would be even closer if the passage of time is to be believed.
After three events, 32 stages, 305 stage miles and 4¾ hours of flat out, high intensity, multi-surface rallying, the total time taken by Cronin and Higgins could be closer, but not much closer.
Cronin may lead the Championship, but it is Higgins with the most slender time advantage of four tenths of a second, astonishing when the different cars, styles, experience, problems and teams are considered.
For the pedants amongst us, and to save having to do the calculations, Higgins’ total time is 4 hrs 42 mins 28.0 secs and you shouldn’t need a calculator to work out Cronin’s of 4 hrs 42 mins 28.4 secs.
The battle for third has been pretty tough too; Alastair Fisher, Jonny Greer, Adam Gould, David Bogie and Dave Weston jnr regularly split by less than a minute at the end of events.
What better reason to make the trip to the Isle of Man for the next round of the MSA British Rally Championship on 10th & 11th of July?
For more information on the MSA British Rally Championship or its support series, the BRC Challenge

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