The MSA British Rally Championship will move back to a seven-round format in 2013, with the Scottish Rally back in the calendar after a seven year break, it was confirmed on Friday.
The new-look calendar will also see Rally North Wales back as the opening round of the series, with Rallye Sunseeker playing host to the season finale in October.
The inclusion of the Scottish Rally plugs the summer gap in the calendar and with the start of the season in Wales in April, the events are spread relatively evenly across the season with plenty of time early in the year to prepare cars and finalise budgets.
The Pirelli Rally, Jim Clark Rally, Rally NI and Rally Yorkshire remain, the BRC visiting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with a good geographical spread across the UK and a points system that allows the two worst scores to be dropped towards the overall and class title fights.
The NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge will also increase to the same seven events, but the trip to Northern Ireland will still allow crews to take two sets of maximum points on this double header. The support series to the main BRC will also count the best five scores from its eight rounds, Rallye Sunseeker having a 50 percent bonus for both series.
“We are delighted to welcome the return of the classic Scottish Rally which is also a successful round of the Scottish Rally Championship,” said MSA British Rally Championship boss Mark Taylor. “It has always been our intention to run a seven round series, particularly as our teams found events to fill their summer break.
“The overall cost of the extra event is balanced by the reduction in per-event budgets through changes in regulations and formats.”
The complete schedule is as follows:
2013 MSA British Rally Championship calendar*
6/7 April Rally North Wales Welshpool
4/5 May Pirelli Rally Carlisle, Cumbria
30 May /1 June Jim Clark Rally Duns, Scottish Borders**
29 June Scottish Rally Dumfries
23/24 August Rally NI Northern Ireland**
28/29 Sept Rally Yorkshire Scarborough, North Yorkshire
19 October Rallye Sunseeker Bournemouth/Poole#
*Best 5 scores from 7 rounds to count
# Rallye Sunseeker scores x 1.5 points
** denotes asphalt event, all others on gravel