Cambrian pushing for BRC slot for 2019

Group National Editor

Cambrian Rally bosses are pushing for a return to the British Rally Championship calendar in time for the 2019 season, and plan to use closed roads to revamp the event route.

With Wales having now followed England’s lead and changed the legal system for gaining a closed-road permit for motorsport, Cambrian bosses have seen an opportunity to refresh the event.

This legal change, along with Conway County Borough Council coming onboard as title sponsor for this year’s event, has the Cambrian gearing up to gain a place in the BRC.

“The main objective for us is to become a BRC round next year, and they [Conway Council] see the benefits of the event being a round of the British Rally Championship,” said Alyn Edwards, Cambrian clerk of the course.

“They see how that can boost the economy at a period of the year when it is fairly quiet. They’re going to be a huge benefit to have fighting our corner to get into the BRC. 

The Cambrian could use closed roads to revamp its route. Pic: Writtle Photographic

“We hope that with their help and backing, we will be able to go ahead and get links [roads] and closed roads, and other things we want to do with the event. 

“It should make life an awful lot easier with a proactive council that understand the benefits of what’s being done.”

Motorsport News reported that bosses of the Cambrian Rally and BRC chiefs were in communication over a spot on the 2018 calendar in June last year, but a failure to agree between the event, BRC and BTRDA – which also uses the Cambrian as a round – ended the discussions.

BRC championship manager Iain Campbell said: “Our focus at present is on the 2018 BRC that starts next month in Jedburgh. We haven’t discussed 2019 with anyone so far, but we remain committed to finding the best events to make up the championship.”

Campbell has held talks with Cambrian organisers. Pic: Jakob Ebrey

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