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MSA British Manufacturers Rally Championship
This year’s MSA British Manufacturers’ title is a three-way battle between the brands: Citroën, Renault and Ford, with scores towards the title calculated from the two leading cars from each of the manufacturers.

Wins in rounds two and three means that Citroën UK leads the standings by 18-points, with Renault UK’s win on round one seeing them hold second place – albeit only three points ahead of Ford Motor Company, who has shown that consistency, rather than having an R3 category car, can pay off.

Citroën UK has definitely had the best of it so far though, with at least one car on the overall podium on each round; Desi Henry, Osian Pryce, Tom Cave, Keith Cronin and Jarkko Nikara all scoring points for the French manufacturer in their respective DS3s.

Renault UK has also had a number of different drivers score; Mark Donnelly, Peter Taylor and Nick Allen using the Clios and Twingo to good effect in the quest for Manufacturers points. Renault ahs also had its share of podium places, but so far it is just Donnelly who has taken to the podium with a win and third place to his credit.

Elfyn Evans and Jussi Kumpumäki are joined by Matthew Cathcart in scoring for Ford Motor Company so far this season, Evans not only taking a podium spot on the opening round of the championship, but topping the overall championship in his Fiesta R2.

MSA British Junior Rally Championship
Underpinning the BRC’s commitment to reward its rising stars, a new-look Junior Championship has been introduced for this season. Open to drivers of 23 and under in Class 10 (R1) cars, this initiative sees the winner recognised with the prestigious title of MSA British Junior Rally Champion.

20-year old Renault Twingo R1 driver Garry Pearson currently holds a 20-point lead in the category and, if all goes well, he is destined to extend his advantage on the Jim Clark Rally, especially as his main rival Steve Røkland from Norway has not entered this event.

Local lad Pearson cannot seal the title in his home town of Duns where the Jim Clark Rally starts and finishes, as the final championship round carries a 50% additional weighting. But with additional support comes additional pressure, so he must remain focussed in his hunt for Junior points.

Both MSA British Junior and Manufacturers Rally Championships switch to asphalt on this weekend’s Jim Clark International Rally, which starts on Friday evening with an autograph session and spectator stage in Duns town centre.

Catch the action on Sky Sports and British Rally Radio
Coverage of the classes and cups from round three of the MSA British Rally Championship will be shown at 18:30hrs on Sky Sports 4 & 4HD this Wednesday (30th May). Coverage of the main Jim Clark International Rally will be freshly edited by Greenlight Television immediately after the event and can be seen at 20:00hrs on Sky Sports 3 & 3HD on Monday (4th June).

From 19:00hrs this Friday (1st June) and during the rally you can tune in to British Rally Radio either via the BRC website or via the BRC smartphone and tablet app. It is worth noting that RallyFM, the team behind British Rally Radio, will be broadcasting from Barbados by the miracle of modern technology.

For more information on the MSA British Rally Championship visit http://www.rallybrc.co.uk

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