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BHRC16 DatesThe dates for the 2016 MSA British Historic Rally Championship have been confirmed, with an eight-event schedule covering six gravel and two asphalt rallies.

The Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club is promoting the MSA BHRC under a five-year contract and 2016 will be the second year of that agreement.

The calendar builds on the success of the 2015 season and features a slightly later start as the Red Kite Stages moves back three weeks. Rally North Wales, round two in early April, will take the BHRC contenders into the outstanding Dyfi and Gartheiniog stages.

In what is sure to be a popular move with crews, the championship will return to the superb stages in South Wales for the Red Dragon Stages, a revised event from the experienced team at Port Talbot Motor Club. Asphalt events will continue to be the Harry Flatters Rally on Epynt and the Isle of Man Classicagh, while a longer gap between the Isle of Man and the season concluding Trackrod Historic Cup will make things a little easier for competitors.

In addition to the main BHRC, the competition will also include a five-round Welsh Challenge and a Northern Challenge to include the Isle of Man. The popular Clubmans Challenge will be run across the six gravel rallies for crews using no more than six tyres per rally.

“I’m very pleased with the calendar, which is an evolution of this year’s schedule,” said championship manager Colin Heppenstall. “We’re again running Welsh, Northern and Clubmans Challenges for crews who may not have the resources to contest the full season. We will shortly confirm sponsorship and TV arrangements.”

The championship will be officially launched at Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC (14-17 January) when championship registrations will be open.

The full 2016 BHRC calendar is:
Sunday 21 February: Red Kite Stages
Saturday 2 April: North Wales Stages
Saturday 30 April: Pirelli Carlisle Rally
Saturday 4 June: Severn Valley Stages
Sunday 24 July: Harry Flatters Rally
Saturday 20 August: Red Dragon Stages
Thurs-Sat 15-17 Sep: Isle of Man Classic
Fri/Sat 30 Sep/1 Oct: Trackrod Historic Cup

Note: dates are subject to MSA approval

More details about the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship can be found at http://www.historicrallying.org
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