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Interesting changes happen across the pond at the BRC, here is their announcement.


ABIRO has just released details of the proposed format for the 2003 British Rally Championship - subject to MSA approval. The main elements are as follows:-

1. Summary
· Eight-round Championship calendar
Details below.

· Championship title points to be scored from overall positions only (no separate points-scoring categories)
It has been recognised that the current system needs a change to ensure that it's the driver and co-driver who finish highest overall on each event who win the Championship. This method, although it no longer favours the S1600 manufacturers, is the fairest way of deciding the Championship drivers and co-drivers title.

· New Manufacturer Teams Cup will also allow in private entrants running two-car Super 1600 teams
In 2003 we will open up this part of the Championship to include professional private teams. Each team will need to have an Entrants licence in the name of a manufacturer in order to register for the Championship. They must each run two nominated S1600 cars complying with the 2002 FIA S1600 rules. This group will lead the main field at the start of each leg.

· Separate, high-profile Championship titles for S1600 and Production Cup (Group N)
Our intention will be to find sponsors for these Championship titles so that they can be individually promoted. Negotiations are talking place to offer a separate TV package and prize fund.

· Simplified class system, introducing Formula 1400, Formula 1600 and Formula 2000
We believe that there are, at present, too many class awards which tend to dilute the presence of lower capacity cars. Group N rules are now far removed from the actual showroom category that was introduced many years ago, and so the gap between each car isn't that wide. By simplifying the classes we hope to create more impact and attract competitors who wish to have a "British" title on their rallying CV. In recognition of the fact that most of these cars will run further down the order in the tracks of others, we will introduce a graduated entry fee system.

· Graduated entry fees
To be introduced for lower capacity class cars (details below).

· Introduction of a Nations Cup for privateer teams
This will be a prestigious trophy for 2003. Based on a four-car team with a pre-nominated competing team captain, the series will be aimed at privateers. Each team will be allowed to enter a maximum of two four-wheel drive (non-WRC), and two front-wheel drive cars, one of which must come from either the Formula 1400 or Formula 1600 classes. All eight rounds of the International calendar will count towards the final total.

· Additional reconnaissance available the weekend before each event
Part of the new ethos is to make the Championship more attainable. It has been recognised that to increase the number of entries, we need to ensure that competitors can compete without having to take too much time away from work. To achieve this, we have introduced the option for competitors to recce on one of the days on the weekend before the event.

· New FIA National Rally Cars (NRC / WRC2) class to be introduced
The FIA's longer term intention is to ban World Rally Cars outside the WRC itself, and whilst the BRC does not have to comply yet, we should acknowledge that the cost and complexity of these cars is fast putting them well outside what might be deemed fair competition. The FIA will introduce a new category in conjunction with the WRC manufacturers, which we believe will be based on a de-tuned version of the current WRC specifications. The BRC will therefore allow these new cars to run as and when they are introduced. We hope that WRC manufacturers will promote their cars by entering them in the BRC in the hands of some of the current crop of very talented British drivers and co-drivers.

· One-day Junior Rally
A Junior Rally, nominated as a National B event, will be held on the Saturday of each BRC event for the manufacturers' one-make series. Reduced entry fees and a chance to win a National B rally outright, whilst competing on the same stages as the top BRC drivers, should inspire competitors. Negotiations are taking place to try to secure a TV package with one of the digital satellite companies.

· PBRC event regulations to be standardised and entry forms to be simplified
In an attempt to simplify the system and to reduce paper work, we will standardise event regulations and entry forms. A database will be created at the start of the season, and when an entry is received event organisers can call up the details. This should mean that each competitor will only be required to send back a simple form with their entry fee, rather than filling in the same detailed information which at the moment is required on every event entry form.


2. 2003 Championship calendar

· BRC Shakedown: 2 March (also promotional day)
· Rally of Wales: 22-23 March
· Pirelli International Rally: 26-27 April
· Scottish International Rally: 7-8 June
· Jim Clark Memorial Rally: 5-6 July
· Manx International Rally: 31 July-2 August
· Ulster Rally: 6-7 September
· Trackrod Rally Yorkshire: 27-28 September
· Tempest South of England Rally: 25-26 October

3. International event format

· Field to be seeded, but with registered competitors running in the following 'group' order:
· Manufacturer Teams Cup entrants
· FIA seeded drivers
· Rest of International entrants, running as per organisers' seeding
· Field to be re-seeded at the end of each leg with Manufacturer Teams group at the front.
· Two-day, International status events
· Single-day reconnaissance for International crews, with a choice of either the Saturday or Sunday the week before the start, or the day immediately preceding the event (NB. Only one recce will be allowed per crew)
· Event start and finish from a high-profile location
· Ramp to be used only for the start and finish
· Awards to be presented on the ramp and/or podium on selected events
· Evening rally party to be organised for the officials and marshals

4. Technical eligibility and event classes

· Only the following classes will be permitted to enter and score Championship class points:
· S16: only cars that comply with the 2002 FIA S1600 rules, plus K16 class cars subject to weight penalty
· Production: N4 cars that are homologated to current FIA Group N rules
· World Rally Cars and A8: Only models using parts homologated before 31 December 2001 will be permitted. Weight limit of 1300kgs.
· The new FIA National Rally Cars (NRC / WRC2) class (details to be announced)
· Formula 1400: homologated Group A or N cars up to and including 1400cc
· Formula 1600: homologated Group A or N cars over 1400cc and up to and including 1600cc
· Formula 2000: homologated Group A or N cars over 1600cc and up to and including 2000cc

5. Categories
· Unlike 2002, there will be no separate points-scoring categories

6. Class awards structure to be suggested for each round
· Formula 1400: Classes N1 and A5
· Formula 1600: Classes N2 and A6
· Formula 2000: Classes N3 and A7
· Super 1600: Super 1600 cars and 1600 kit variant cars subject to weight penalty
· Production Cup: Class N4
· NRC Class: new formula to be derived from WRC, A8 and new FIA NRC class
· Overall: Winner, second and third place crews overall
· The Nations Cup: for national teams consisting of four cars with a nominated team captain under strict rules controlling vehicle type and eligibility of crews (aimed at non-professionals)
· Other event trophies: 'Spirit of the Rally', Ladies Cup etc as nominated

7. Championship tables and awards
(NB. Crews must start a minimum of 6 events to be eligible for awards)
· British Rally Champion
· Driver and co-driver
· Best 6 from 8 rounds
· Points awarded for overall finishing position on each qualifying round as follows:
· First overall: 15 points
· Second: 12 points
· Third: 10 points
· Fourth: 9 points
· Then one point less per place down to 12th overall
· British Rally Championship Manufacturer Teams Cup
· Open to two-car teams paying full manufacturer registration fee
· Also open to private professional teams
· Must hold MSA Entrants licence in a manufacturer's name
· Only open to Super 1600 cars that comply with 2002 FIA rules
· All eight rounds to score
· Points scored in Super 1600 class to count
· British Super 1600 Rally Champion
· Driver and co-driver
· Best 6 from 8 rounds
· Points awarded for finishing position in class on each qualifying round as follows:
· First overall: 15 points
· Second: 12 points
· Third: 10 points
· Fourth: 9 points
· Then one point less per place down to 12th overall
· British Production Cup Rally Champion
· Driver and co-driver
· Best 6 from 8 rounds
· Class scoring system as for Super 1600
· British Junior Rally Champion
· Must be under 25 on 1 December 2003
· Highest placed Junior Driver in Super 1600 class
· British Ladies Rally Champion
· Driver must be female (co-driver either sex)
· Best 6 from 8 rounds
· Class scoring system as for Super 1600
· British Formula 2000 Rally Champion
· Driver and co-driver
· Best 6 from 8 rounds
· Class scoring system as for Super 1600
· British Formula 1600 Rally Champion
· Driver and co-driver
· Best 6 from 8 rounds
· Class scoring system as for Super 1600
· British Formula 1400 Rally Champion
· Driver and co-driver
· Best 6 from 8 rounds
· Class scoring system as for Super 1600

8. Entry fees
· Will reflect stage mileage available. Maximum amounts detailed below:
· Standard entry fee: £900
· Manufacturers S1600: £1200
· Production Cup: £750
· Formula 2000 and 1600: £650
· Formula 1400: £500

9. Junior Rally
· National B status
· Running behind International field
· Recceing not permitted
· 'One-make' 1400cc and 1600cc two-wheel drive cars only
· Run on the Saturday
· To start behind the Internationals over the ramp
· To finish over the ramp
· Scrutineering and documentation the day before
· Awards to be presented on the finish ramp or the podium

10. Trophy Rally
· Association or Regional Championships
· To run behind the Internationals
· To finish over the ramp
· Scrutineering and documentation the day before
· Awards to be presented on the finish ramp or the podium

11. Junior and Trophy Rally class structures
· Junior Rally:
· Class 1: Up to 1400cc front-wheel drive
· Class 2: Up to 1600cc front-wheel drive
· Promoted as 'One-Makes'
· Trophy Rally:
· Class 1: Up to 1400cc
· Class 2: Up to 1600cc
· Class 3: Up to 2000cc
· Class 4: Over 2000cc

12. Junior and Trophy Rally entry fees
· Will reflect stage mileage available, but will not exceed a maximum of £400

13. Other new proposals
· Ideally, service areas to:-
· Be centrally located
· Remain in the same place for each day
· Be positioned on a hard surface
· Contain marked-out, specifically designated bays
· Have a separate car parking area for auxiliary vehicles
· Auxiliary vehicle movements will be limited
· One standard set of rules and regulations for all events
· Registrations will close immediately after signing-on at the third round
· Permanent Championship ID cards for officials, and season-long passes for selected and pre-registered MSA/FIA-accredited media, will be created

14. 2003 Championship regulations
Will be available from the beginning of September 2002 from the Championship Registrar, Catherine Higgins.

15. Championship office
The Royal Scottish Automobile Club (Motor Sport) Ltd, 11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4AG.
Tel: 0141 294 4999. Fax: 0141 204 4949.
E-mail: admin @ brcweb.co.uk
 

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Am I missing something? are they planning to put group N and A together?

A Suzuki swift running in group N would have about 90bhp, while there is one gpA swift here putting out about 150bhp, plus all the uprated brakes, suspension, weight allowances, etc. It would seem that they would have nobody running in group N at all with this set up.

While I concede that that gpN1-gpN3 is a dying group(I'd say only about 10% of the local club cars here are in production class). It is a nice relatively cheap group to run in.
 

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>Am I missing something? are they planning to put group N and
>A together?
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That's what it looks like. I'd guess that there are very few N1/2/3 cars running in the championship.

Adrian
 
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