Brean Rally 2017 underway this weekend
drivers from across the UK are taking part in the 2017 Brean
Rally this weekend.
It will be the 21st consecutive year for the rally at Brean and
it promises to be as exciting and as big as ever with many of the
top rally crews from around the UK taking part.
The rally, promoted by Club Rallysport West, has recently been awarded
the title of the 'South West's Best Sealed Surface Rally', an accolade
that's all the more special as it is an award voted on by the competitors.
This is a back-to-back award for the Brean Rally, which it won in
2015 and 2011.
Held entirely within the confines of the Brean Leisure Park, the
crews will tackle the 12 special stages over two days around the
roads of the Leisure Park.
is the popularity of this West Country event that enquiries for
entries have been received from all parts of the UK," organiser
Rod McKenna told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
rally is once again expected to attract a wide range of rally cars,
from World Rally Cars to the ever popular Ford Escorts, Vauxhalls
at 1 is last year's winner, husband and wife team, Steve and Yvonne
Furzeland in their formidable Subaru Impreza S12 World Rally
Car. Steve and Yvonne from Plymouth have now won this event three
times and are eager to make it number four.
However, there are some 'young guns' who will be close on their
heels and just as eager to take a win at Brean. Seeded at 2 is Lancashire-based
and former Manx Rally Champion Aaron Newby, partnered by experienced
co-driver Ian Davis, in their TAG-prepared Subaru Impreza.
Aaron led the rally in 2015 on the first day, only to retire with
a blown turbo on the first stage of day 2. Watch out for some close
action on the opening stages.
At 3 is Bristol based Josh Payton with regular co-driver Marcus
Mizen in their Mark2 Ford Escort. Josh finished in the top 10 last
year and is quite capable of taking on some of the more powerful
At 9 is another young driver, 18 year old Josh Cornwell from Surrey.
Josh is partnered with local co-driver Rick Bliss, who is taking
a break from driving. Cornwell who will be driving a Ford Fiesta
R2 has been doing very well in both home and overseas rallies.
Five times previous winners at Brean, Karl Broad/Roger Grant, have
submitted a late entry in their Subaru Impreza S9 World Rally Car.
Seeded at 14 they are expected to make their way through the field
in the opening stages.
The rally actually gets under way for the competitors on Friday
27 January when the pre rally scrutineering comes to Weston-super-Mare.
The rally cars will arrive at the Weston College's Automotive and
Motorsport Technology Centre on the Locking Road from 1pm on Friday
afternoon until approximately 7pm for a pre rally inspection by
the events scrutineers.
This facility will be open to the public who will get the opportunity
to view the rally cars and meet the drivers.
Local drivers include Stuart Bliss driving a Honda Civic, Andrew
Hicks/Trevor Hawkins in a Ford Fiesta R2, Ian Archer driving a Ford
Escort, Pete Donnachie/Mark Carrow, Ford Focus, David Thorpe/Ian
Drewitt in a Citroen C2, Grant Andrews, Ford Fiesta, Father and
son, Tom Bretherton driving a Honda Civic and Simon driving a Citroen
Six special stages will be completed throughout Saturday with a
further six stages on Sunday.
organisers add that spectators at the 2017 Brean Rally will be well
looked after. "There will be three spectator areas, giving
excellent viewing of the rally stages, together with a covered,
seated grandstand and catering facilities."
Spectators will be admitted to the park over both days for an admission
charge of £5 (accompanied children under 12 will be admitted
free) and car parking will be £5.
on in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge