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By Tom Hanley
Dumfries date for rally

THE BRITISH Rally Championship is raring to go and is returning to Dumfries later in the year.

RSAC Scottish Rally is once again taking place in Dumfries on gravel, and is pencilled in for May 19 and 20.
And with the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally in the famous forests of Jedburgh just four weeks away, the countdown is on for the beginning of the 2017 Championships.
Decided over seven challenging rounds, the 2017 title race will be contested in Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Belgium, before culminating on the season’s final encounter on the Isle of Man in September.
BRC managing director Ben Taylor said: “Everyone is looking to up their game in 2017 — events, teams, drivers, sponsors, and of course us as championship organisers, too.
“It’s going to be a great year and we can’t wait to get started.”
Elfyn Evans claimed the title in 2016 and, like so many before him, the victorious Welshman has taken the platform of winning the British Rally Championship to launch himself back onto the FIA World Championship stage.
The BRC has always been hailed as the ultimate proving ground for future champions, with its unique mix of asphalt and gravel events.
And so some of the most ambitious rally drivers in Britain and across the world will be hoping to add their name to the coveted trophy come September.
This year’s battle for overall supremacy begins in typically dramatic style, as the class of 2017 will kick off their ambitious campaigns outside Jedburgh’s historic 12th Century Abbey.
An attention-grabbing two special stages will be run in darkness on the Friday evening, offering an awe-inspiring start to what promises to be another outstanding, and in some cases, career-defining BRC season.
The full entry list for next month’s opening round of the 2017 Prestone British Rally Championship is expected to be published next month.


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