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Posted: January 19, 2018 9:43 AM - 1903 Hits

Prestone gears up for new British Rally Championship season

Posted: January 19, 2018 9:43 AM

The Prestone MSA British Rally Championship is ready to ‘excel in extremes’ once again as Prestone launches its exciting plans for the year ahead.

Prestone, maker of the No.1 coolant in the US, will return as headline sponsor for the MSA British Rally Championship – topping up a powerful relationship first established during a successful 2017 season.

New for 2018, Prestone has strengthened its line-up ahead of the opening round by signing two ambassadors to report from all six events of Britain’s premier rallying series. Henry Catchpole and Luke Barry will host the coverage throughout 2018 as they further supplement Prestone’s large on event presence.

Former features editor at Evo magazine, Catchpole has been a lifelong rally fan. More recently Henry has written for various titles including DriveTribe and BBC Top Gear magazine, as well as turning his hand to presenting for Carfection, where he currently spends his time testing and reviewing the latest super and performance cars. Henry owns a gravel-specification Ford Escort MK2 and has first hand experience of the British Rally Championship, having competed back in 2008 in the Swift Sport Cup.

Luke Barry is the fresh face on the motorsport scene. The young Scot is an aspiring journalist who balances his undergraduate studies at Edinburgh Napier University with a role as Press Officer for the MSA Scottish Rally Championship. A rally fan through and through, Luke grew up with the Jim Clark Rally on his doorstep and has closely followed every British Rally Championship season. Barry has a particular soft spot for the BRC’s F2 era and has recently been selected for Autosport’s journalism academy.

Commenting at the recent Autosport International Show, Head of Marketing for Prestone, Claire Fenton said:
“Following a hugely successful 2017 season, we are incredibly excited to be able to support the British Rally Championship for a second year.

“Our team has really got on board with the Championship, with us all becoming big rally fans. It’s been fantastic to offer first fill of Prestone to a large number of drivers and then follow their progress across the season.

“This season we’ll be building on the success of last year with a team of experienced ambassadors who will be reporting from the thick of the action, sharing live updates and amplifying Prestone’s partnership with the BRC. We can’t wait to get back into the service park.”

Ben Taylor, Managing Director of championship organiser, International Motor Sports, said:
“Prestone’s support of the BRC was instrumental in the development of the Championship last year and the level of brand awareness and recognition that it was able to achieve from a standing start was extraordinary.

"The entire Prestone team has been welcomed into the rallying community and we look forward to working with them in 2018, taking this partnership to the next level.”

As well as being the official Coolant/Antifreeze of the 2018 season, in the coming weeks Prestone will be launching an online shop of co-branded clothing and accessories with the British Rally Championship.

The 2018 series will once again see the best drivers, in the best cars, tackling the best events. With the calendar now confirmed, 2018 consists of seven points-scoring rounds in six territories, as the BRC tours the British Isles, with events in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and a concluding double header on the FIA World Rally Championship round – Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. A trip to Belgium for the classic Ypres Rally provides a popular mid-season overseas adventure, as the BRC underlines its standing as the world’s premier domestic rally championship.

Let battle commence!


Posted: January 15, 2018 7:22 AM

Swift Go Rally Team has chosen M-Sport to run their campaign in the 2018 MSA Prestone British Rally Championship – Welshman Matt Edwards taking the helm behind the wheel of an M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta R5.

Ever-improving throughout 2017, Edwards took last year’s championship down to the wire. A string of consistently strong results included second places at the Ypres Rally, Nicky Grist Stages and both rounds of the Isle of Man Rally – missing out on victory by a mere 0.1 seconds at the latter.

Finishing the championship in third place, Edwards and co-driver Darren Garrod will be hoping for further improvements in 2018 and have every chance of challenging for the ultimate prize – a British Rally Championship crown.

Continuing its international feel, this year’s championship will travel to six events across six different regions: the Border Counties Rally, the Pirelli International Rally, Renties Ypres Rally in Belgium, the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally, the 138.com Rally Isle of Man and Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.

With prestigious events such as Ypres and Wales Rally GB on the agenda, the world will be watching as Edwards and the Swift Go Rally Team look to impress.

Swift Group is the UK’s No1 brand for caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes. With a rich rallying heritage, Swift has sponsored Edwards for several years – supporting his development into one of British rallying’s most promising competitors.

This year, the Welshman’s Fiesta R5 will carry the branding of Swift Go – a new motorhome hire business from Swift Group. The Swift Go ethos is: One simple price, with everything you need – even the Wi-Fi. The first depot, based near Manchester, opens in March 2018. Book now at www.swiftgo.co.uk

Matt Edwards said:
“Excitement, anticipation – just two things I’m feeling ahead of 2018. This is a fantastic opportunity and I’d like to thank Swift Group and M-Sport for giving me the perfect platform with which to find that extra performance and push for more.

“We had a great year in 2017 and that’s something I want to build on this season. Consistency is really important, and what kept us in the mix last year. Our Tarmac pace was something of a nice surprise too so if we can keep that up, and be consistent on all surfaces, anything is possible.

“Ideally, I’d like to be in the top-three on the first two gravel events of the year – improving on our sixth and fifth place finishes last year. If we can be somewhere near the front early on, we can build our challenge from there and try to fight for some victories. And if the consistency is there, that should see us in contention for the championship which is of course the ultimate goal.”

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
“Matt impressed a lot of people last year and it’s great to see him behind the wheel of the Ford Fiesta R5 again in 2018. The Fiesta has claimed the British Rally Championship crown for the past two years running – with Elfyn Evans in 2016 and again with Keith Cronin in 2017 – and I see no reason why that shouldn’t be our goal in 2018.

“Matt works incredibly hard and his dedication matches that of the young team who operate our British Rally Championship programme. He has the speed, but he also has the consistency and that is something that delivers championships time after time. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how Matt and the Swift Go Rally Team progress as I’m sure is every British rally fan.”

Swift Group Commercial Director, Nick Page, said:
“We’re delighted to be supporting one of British rallying’s brightest talents in Matt Edwards once again in 2018. After a hugely successful 2017 season driving the Swift Rally Car, we’re supporting Matt and co-driver Darren Garrod to achieve even more in 2018.

“Swift and the rallying scene have a long and fruitful history, which goes back to the early days of our company and the enthusiasm of our chairman, Peter Smith, for motorsports.

“There’s also a real synchronicity between our products and motorsports. Competitors need something mobile and comfortable, that can be parked up and provide a home from home while they’re at an event. Our motorhomes are the perfect fit.”

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RSAC Scottish Rally - 2018 event statement

Posted: August 16, 2017 6:24 AM

RSAC Scottish Rally will not be a round of the 2018 British Rally Championship

The Board of RSAC Motorsport Ltd were very disappointed to be informed by the organisers of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) that the RSAC Scottish Rally would not be a round of the championship in 2018.

The rally has been supportive of the BRC over many years, through thick and thin, and sometimes to its financial detriment.

In 2017, the rally moved from its usual June date specifically to accommodate the desire of the championship to introduce a foreign event to its calendar, and additionally changed many other aspects of the event including the route, service area and finish venue to suit BRC requirements, notwithstanding the challenges these created for the organising team and the adverse impact on the event’s financial budget.

Despite this news, planning for next year’s event is already well underway, with a focus on providing a great event and experience for both competitors and spectators.

With the ongoing valued support and engagement of Dumfries & Galloway Council and the organisers of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, the organising team look forward to welcoming everyone to the region for the 2018 Scottish Rally.

2018 Prestone MSA British Rally Championship calendar announced

Posted: August 16, 2017 5:48 AM

As the exciting 2017 title race heads to Ulster this weekend, the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) has today (16 August) confirmed its 2018 calendar.

The series will feature six rounds in six territories, as the BRC tours the British Isles, with events in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Wales. A trip to Belgium for the classic Ypres Rally will once again be a popular overseas addition, as the BRC underlines its standing as the world’s premier domestic rally championship.

One of the highlights of the 2018 campaign will be the championship finale, which will be held on the biggest stage possible – Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, the British round of the FIA World Rally Championship. The WRC event will offer BRC crews and their partners the chance to be at the heart of the country’s biggest rally. A double-header format on the legendary Welsh stages will allow competitors to vie for championship honours and also go toe-to-toe with the leading names in world rallying.

The calendar announcement completes a busy week of good news, with the confirmation that title sponsor Prestone has renewed its commitment to Britain’s premier rally series for another year.

IMS Managing Director Ben Taylor

“Putting a calendar together is always a difficult process, particularly when there are more candidate events than we can accommodate. We have had to take some tricky decisions and as a result both the Nicky Grist Stages and the Scottish Rally have missed out this time around. We are really grateful for their commitment to the BRC in the past two years and, as classic events, we wish them every success in 2018.

“As the BRC becomes more popular and successful, we have to ensure that it delivers on other aspects as well as simply the stages and organisation; we need crowds and venues, a strong impact on the local area and the creation of spectacular events to ensure that the championship continues to grow.”

Prestone commits to British Rally Championship for 2018 campaign

Posted: August 16, 2017 5:46 AM

The MSA British Rally Championship is delighted to announce that leading coolant brand Prestone will continue its sponsorship of Britain’s premier rallying series into the 2018 season.

Prestone’s first foray into sponsorship was announced in January and since then the brand has actively supported the British Rally Championship throughout the season. Prestone’s high-profile support has already enhanced the pioneering company’s reputation and visibility, with prominent exposure being generated through the BRC’s far-reaching TV, media, online and social media channels. This is further strengthened by its strong on-event branding and unrivalled spectator engagement, including the popular Prestone Rally Simulator where rally-goers have the opportunity to beat the BRC professionals and pick up some fantastic prizes.

Prestone products are the perfect match for the challenging conditions of the British Rally Championship, as the brand quite literally ‘Excels in Extremes’. Prestone is backing up those claims first-hand, with its products being used by the top teams in the Service Park in 2017. From the damp and rough Scottish forests to the sun-kissed asphalt in Ypres, Prestone’s products have stood up to the variety of conditions and helped crews to spray the podium champagne at the end of each event.

“We are delighted that Prestone has seen the value and success that the partnership with the BRC offers,” said Ben Taylor, Managing Director of championship organiser International Motor Sports. “The Prestone team have really rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in to supporting the championship – engaging with our teams, events, competitors and spectators – and next month they will even take the BRC into Tesco with a new dual-branded pack. To secure the continued backing of such a major brand is a huge endorsement for us and enables us to push forward with the development of the championship to make it even stronger in 2018.”

Head of Marketing for Prestone, Claire Fenton said:
“Following a hugely successful 2017 season we are incredibly excited to be able to support the British Rally Championship for a second year.

“Our team has really got on board with the championship, with us all becoming big fans. It’s been fantastic to be able to offer first fill of Prestone to a number of drivers and then follow their progress across the season.

“The continued sponsorship really cements our partnership with the BRC; we can’t wait to get back into the service park in 2018.”

The news comes at an exciting time for the BRC as with just two events to go, the championship is set to reach fever pitch with the title race wide open heading towards the season finale on the Isle of Man. Swedish star Fredrik Ahlin leads the way from Welshman Osian Pryce at the top of the standings, but only 12 points separate third to sixth. Matt Edwards, Keith Cronin, Rhys Yates and Marty McCormack are all in with a chance of clinching the coveted crown and sealing their place in the history books alongside some of the greatest names in rallying including Burns, McRae, Mikkola and Vatanen.

The championship continues this weekend with the classic John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally on 17/18 August as the crews tackle two days through the fast, narrow roads around the city of Derry/Londonderry.

Championship Round (Provisional)

Posted: August 16, 2017 5:41 AM

  1. Border Counties Rally, Jedburgh, Scotland - 10/11 March 2018
  2. Pirelli International Rally, Carlisle, England - 28/29 April 2018
  3. Renties Ypres Rally, Ypres, Belgium - 29/30 June 2018
  4. John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally, Derry/Londonderry, N. Ireland - 17/18 August 2018
  5.  138.com Rally Isle of Man, Douglas, Isle of Man - 13/14/15 September 2018
  6. Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, Deeside, Wales - 4/5/6/7 October 2018
Calendar subject to approval by the MSA 

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