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Record-breaking start for the BRC with 134 crews at the North West Stages

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A record-breaking field of rally2 cars is reported, with a staggering 43 at the first round of the BRC.

This weekend, the tarmac of the North West Stages in Garstand will host the first event of the British Rally Championship (BRC). Crews will tackle five special stages to be repeated twice, covering just over 92 kilometers of timed sections.

The presence of numerous potential winners reflects the growth of the British Championship in recent years. Leading the pack is Chris Ingram, former European champion, determined to clinch the title. Ingram will compete with a Volkswagen Polo GTi R5 for this event, before switching to the brand-new Toyota GR Yaris Rally2, in Castrol livery, from the next round.

Among the contenders against the British driver are Irishmen William Creighton and Keith Cronin. The latter, fresh from victory at last week’s Cork Rally, will also compete in a Ford Fiesta Rally2. Other notable names on the same British car include Osian Pryce, David Wright, and Callum Black, while there is great curiosity for the debut of Max McRae behind the wheel of the blue oval’s rally2.

Also anticipated is the British debut of Meirion Evans’ Toyota Yaris GR Rally2, while James William will start with a Hyundai i20 Rally2. Curiosity also surrounds Oliver Mellors’ Proton Iriz R5.

Very important and interesting battles are also expected in the other classes, where the almost absence of rally3 and rally4 cars stands out.”