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The Fuchs Lubricants British Historic Rally Championship is set to provide one of the best campaigns in recent times as a bumper list of registrations kick off the 2022 season at this weekend’s Riponian Stages Rally (6 February).

The UK’s premier Historic rally championship enjoys a new-look to the series as an all-gravel offering was revealed for the first full year of the series since 2019. The BHRC, sponsored by fluid giants Fuchs Lubricants for the fifth consecutive year, will consist of seven high quality forest events and will tackle some of the best loose surface stages in the country, starting with the Thirsk based Riponian on Sunday.

Once again promoted by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club, the BHRC will kick off in fine style thanks to well over 45 registrations taking part in the opening round of the season, with contenders from a variety of classes set to tackle the popular North Yorkshire stages.

Alongside the front-running crews, the BHRC2 championship also offers contenders in Category B and up to 1600cc classes the chance to vie for their own title whilst competing alongside their more powerful rallying cousins.

And for those contenders preferring a mixed surface season or with vehicles that are not historic compliant, the Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C Asphalt/Rally 2 Mixed Surface Rally Championship also makes a return in 2022. Eligible for two-wheel-drive vehicles only, the series takes in 10 classic gravel and asphalt events with the Riponian also counting as the opening round for the series.

After taking their maiden BHRC title in 2021, Ben Friend and Cliffy Simmons return to defend their title this season in their Ford Escort MKII. Friend clinched last years honour after a nail-biting final round in Kielder forest, where the progressive youngster produced a perfect performance to seal the coveted championship.

Former champions Nick Elliott and Dave Price also make a comeback, as does 2019 champion Simon Webster, albeit with new a new name in the co-drivers seat in Alun Cook. Matthew Robinson and Sam Collis mark their intent with registration for this year’s series with all crews in the popular MKII Escort.

Barry Stevenson-Wheeler and John Pickavance had a shot at last years title but return for another try after missing out to Friend, whilst Meirion Evans and Iwan Jones will undoubtedly be the ones to watch as they aim to shake up the order in their Escort.

Joe Price and Chris Brooks return to the series after several seasons away, with fellow Shopshiremen Henri Grehan and Dan Petrie eager to return to historic motorsport after skipping last years Roger Albert Clark Rally. Roger Chilman will be aiming to forget his RAC experience with a Riponian victory, guided by Gwynfor Jones.

Jeremy Easson and Mike Reynolds bring the noise with their superb Datsun 240Z, as will Kris Hopkins and Colin Watson in their 3.5-litre Triumph TR7 V8. Ben Mellors and Alex Lee make their BHRC debut in their stunning Toyota RA40A offering an exciting variety to this year’s series.

The fight for the Category 2 [cars between 1968-1975] honours is set to be a blistering affair as Josh Carr and Richard Wardle throw their hat into the ring in their Ford Escort MKI. An impressive RAC Rally performance ensures they will be one to watch for not only the Category but also overall results. Simon Tysoe and Craig Dolman make an appearance in similar machinery.

Reigning Category 1 [cars up to 1968] champion Bob Bean will aim to defend his title but with Mike Curry in the co-drivers seat of the Lotus Cortina.

Six stages and over 43 stage miles will test even the most experienced competitor on Sunday, each vying for the chance to stamp their mark on the opening round of the season.

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