Rallying is often a matter of man and machine battling with the elements, and there are few places where that is as true as it is in Britain. Over the years, the British Rally Championship has had a fierce reputation among the most demanding national categories anywhere in the world, thanks to its variety of different surfaces, terrains and weather conditions.
It’s this kind of stern challenge that fostered talents such as Colin McRae and Richard Burns, who both won British titles with Pirelli before they went on to do the same in the World Rally Championship a few years later. Many others, like Ari Vatanen, have travelled from abroad to test their skills on the British stages.
This year’s calendar made the championship as diverse as ever, with one round each in Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and even Belgium. Naturally, a wide range of weather conditions were encountered along the way.