The British Rally Marshals Club (BRMC) has unveiled a new identity at Autosport International today (9thJanuary, 2020) as it embarks on a celebration of its 40th Anniversary this year.
The new look logo has been designed by club member Kim Durose following a competition open to all members to create a design that reflected a fresh, new, innovate and modern look for the BRMC.
Joining BRMC Chair John Jones for the official unveiling today was Malcom Wilson, Managing Director of M-Sport, who helped formally reveal the new club logo.
Speaking after the launch BRMC Chair John Jones said: “We were delighted with both the response we received from club members to the competition and the quality of entries.
“The committee particularly liked Kim’s submission and with a few tweaks at the graphic design stage we’re really pleased with the end result that we are launching today.
“Motorsport at every level relies heavily on the support of the volunteer marshals so it’s important we present a modern, innovative and forward-looking image to the wider public at events such as this when our key objective is recruiting new members.
“We look forward to celebrating the rest of the BRMC’s 40th Anniversary year and welcoming others to our club.
We were delighted Matt Edwards was able to join us at AutoSport International to present the inaugural Jimmy McRae Award.
The recipient, Ian Evans was surprised by the presentation. "I was speechless when Matt handed the trophy to me." Ian later said, "The award is not only for me but everyone who helps on the many events I am involved in. Thank You to all of you."
This award has been introduced to recognize the British Rally Marshals Club's Rally Marshal of the Year. It will be presented annually to a marshal whose contribution was above and beyond the normal duties expected of a marshal.
Right, a new year begins with rallying in crisis. The pinnacle of our chosen sport, the World Rally Championship has just TWO proper manufacturer teams (Toyota and Hyundai) signed up for 2020. Ok M-Sport is officially classed as a manufacturer team but we all know the Cumbrian based squad is really a private effort without Fords big money support.
The Monte Carlo Rally, running from Thursday 23rd until Sunday 26th January, will see Sebastien Ogier start as favourite in his Toyota Yaris WRC. The former champ will have Elfyn Evans as his submissive “wing man” this year. A third Yaris will be driven by young gun Kalle Rovanpera. Jari-Matti Latvala will drive on selected events (including Sweden). Takamoto Katsura “the wee Japanese fella” will contest eight rounds of the WRC in yet another Toyota Yaris.
Ott Tanak will be in the leading Hyundai i20 WRC. Question is will Thierry Neuville be happy to support the new World Champion in a team he has headed for so many years? Second question is will Tanak smile this year? Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb will share the third i20. There may be yet another Hyundai for Craig Breen and or Andreas Mikkelsen, although nothing was confirmed as I write this on the 3rd of January.
M-Sport have Teemu Suninen and Esapekka Lappi driving their full-time Ford Fiestas in 2020, with Gus Greensmith doing nine rallies.
A worrying time then for the WRC in 2020, but new more flexible regulations in 2022 could see more manufacturers become interested. Hear’s another question for you. How many people outside rallying know the WRC even exists? TV coverage is banished to an obscure terrestrial channel. Only those subscribing to WRC+ or other pay channels can get total coverage of all rounds of the championship.
Back hear in Northern Ireland nothing of note happing in January but then February sees the start of the new-look McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship. Confined to five tarmac rounds, three single venue circuit type events plus two closed-road rallies. Also next month the first round of the NI Gravel Rally Challenge takes place in Co.Tyrone.
The annual Derek Walker Clubman Production Car multi-venue autotest is organised by the MG Car Club (Ulster Centre) Based for the second time at the Echlinville Distillery, Gransha Road, Kircubbin, Co. Down. We as a club are always asked to help run the various tests. Sign-on 8am.
Round one of the 2020 Motorsport UK McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship. Organised by North Armagh Motor Club the single venue rally takes pace within the confines of the Kirkistown Race Circuit in Co.Down. Sign-on 8am. The big question is how many competitors will sign up to the five-round series? The word on the street is people aren’t happy with the costs involved. Time will tell. Let’s hope Derek McGarrity doesn’t get it all his own way yet again! Mind you Stephen Wright is the current champion so I would hope to see him back to defend his title this year.
This is the first of four rounds of the new 2020 ANICC Gravel Rally Challenge. Omagh Motor Club are the organisers of this gravel rally based in County Tyrone at Fivemiletown College and Community Youth Annexe. We are covering radio, rescue and timing plus stage marshals. Rally starts 9am.