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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.bhrc-2017-calendar

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 2 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 (12-15 January) when championship registrations will be open.

The full 2017 BHRC calendar is:
Sunday 19 February: Red Kite Stages
Saturday 1 April: North Wales Stages
Saturday 29 April: Pirelli Carlisle Rally
Saturday 3 June: Severn Valley Stages
Sunday 2 July: ALMC Stages
Sunday 30 July: Harry Flatters Rally
Thurs-Sat 14-16 Sep: Isle of Man Classic
Fri/Sat 29/30 Sep: Trackrod Historic Cup
Reserve event: Fri/Sat 9/10 June, Carlisle Stages

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
Follow the championship on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MSABHRC and on Twitter: @MSABHRC2015

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