It’s no secret that the UK rally scene has endured some tough times of late; the British Rally Championship was even cancelled in 2015. But this year it returned and, with more than double the entries of recent times, it’s stronger than it’s been in many years.
Ben Taylor is the managing director of International Motor Sport and responsible for both the British Rally Championship and Wales Rally GB. He says: “We all remember the days of Colin McRae and Richard Burns, when everyone was talking about rallying. Then we lost them and, in the meantime, Jenson and Lewis came along, became superstars and people stopped focusing so much on the rally world.
“But now we have in Kris Meeke a genuine contender for the 2017 WRC title, while Elfyn Evans proved this season he’s got the talent to earn a seat with a top team. Better still, we have some fantastic juniors coming through, like Osian Pryce and Chris Ingram.”