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Donnelly wins first round of British Rally Championship

BRC winning car

The new-format MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) got off to a excellent start on the Rallye Sunseeker International this weekend, when an intense day-long battle between Jarkko Nikara/Petri Nikara in their Citroën DS3 R3T and Mark Donnelley/Dai Roberts in their Renault Clio R3 finally went the Northern-Irish driver’s way.

With the two crews never separated by more than four seconds throughout the 12-stage rally, the battle was finally decided when the Finnish crew retired on the penultimate stage after suffering engine problems.

Nikara’s exit, coupled with the accolade of setting the fastest time on the final stage, meant that Desi Henry/Niall Burns in their DS3 shot from fifth to second in the final loop of three stages, crossing the line just 0.2 seconds ahead of Elfyn Evans/Andrew Edwards in their Ford Fiesta R2. Their podium position established the Welshman as the first Class 6 car after they too were locked in a battle that saw no more than a hand-full of seconds splitting the top four cars in class for a large proportion of the event. Read the rest of this entry »