The MSA congratulates MSA Academy graduates Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt on scoring their maiden victory in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and becoming the first British crew to win Dayinsure Wales Rally GB in 17 years.
Evans and Barritt flew through the legendary Welsh forests to become the event’s first home winners since Richard Burns and Robert Reid in 2000. The historic result means that the UK now has two active WRC rally winners – last seen in 2003 with Burns and Colin McRae – in Evans and Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke, who won the previous round in Spain.
Evans, aged 28 from Dolgellau in north-west Wales, was hand-picked for the MSA Academy’s Team UK programme in 2010 and graduated two years ago after reaching the WRC. Barritt (37) has also benefitted from the governing body’s talent development programmes. The pair’s previous career highlights include winning the WRC Academy title in 2012 and the MSA British Rally Championship in 2016.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “Dayinsure Wales Rally GB 2017 will be remembered as one of the greatest weekends in the modern era of UK rallying. As products of the MSA Academy, we’re absolutely delighted for Elfyn and Dan; we never had any doubt that they would reach the pinnacle of the sport and we know just how hard they’ve both worked to get there. They’re an inspiration to the next generation of British rally talent.”
Adding to the British success, Evans’ win helped the Cumbria-based M-Sport World Rally Team win the FIA Teams’ title after a resurgent season with its new Ford Fiesta WRC. Jones said: “For M-Sport to win the WRC Team’s title is just awesome, especially as privateers. Congratulations to Malcolm Wilson and his entire team at Cockermouth – they have done UK motorsport proud.”
The MSA also congratulates Frenchmen Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia on their fifth consecutive WRC title, secured with third place on Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.
The event itself – organised by the MSA’s subsidiary, International Motor Sports (IMS), and made possible by hundreds of volunteer marshals and officials – proved a remarkable success, drawing an unprecedented 100,000 spectators to the stages and the Deeside Service Park across the weekend.
The latest results from the British and Welsh Rally Championships. Read more
Fancy something a bit different this weekend? The 64th edition of The Vintage Sports-Car Club's Pomeroy Trophy takes place on Silverstone's Grand Prix Circuit tomorrow (Saturday 16 Feb). Read more
The Vnuk insurance issue threatening motorsport took another positive turn today, as the European Parliament formally adopted a new proposal excluding motorsport from the Motor Insurance Directive (MID). Read more
Applications are open for the next AASE programme – a two-year course for drivers aged 16-18, delivered by the Motorsport UK Academy in conjunction with Loughborough College. Read more
The MSA has granted the first Event Organising Permit for a closed-road competition in England to Chelmsford Motor Club (CMC) for a stage rally in Essex next April. Read more
Seven promising young rally co-drivers have been selected for exclusive coaching on the 2017 MSA Academy development programme, led by Nicky Grist and Paul Spooner. Read more
MSA Bambino kart racing for competitors as young as seven could be introduced from 2018 after a trial race at Buckmore Park proved successful. Read more