The 2015-16 MSN Rally Championship comes to a conclusion tomorrow (Sunday 15th May) with the MSVR Bolton Midnight at Snetterton providing the final round of what has been an exciting season of competition.
Organised by Bolton-Le-Moors Car Club in conjunction with MSVR the event sees the championship head to Norfolk for what will be a title decider in both the drivers and co-drivers championships.
The drivers’ championship is led by James Sharrock, who has recovered from a bad start to the new year to recover his lead he established at the beginning of the championship to establish a 20-point advantage over his nearest rival Steve Quigley.
Sharrock heads to Norfolk as the man to beat, following a fine campaign, which most recently included a second place finish at Cadwell Park’s Alan Healy Memorial Rally. So unless his pursuer Steve Quigley can pull something special out of the bag, Sharrock has to be the favourite to take the inaugural crown. Quigley has to win the event and hope that Sharrock does not finish to stand a chance of winning the championship.
If as expected Sharrock takes the crown, he’s sure to be a popular winner having done it behind the wheel of an iconic Ford Escort MKII. That Sharrock driving his rear-wheel-drive MKII is in direct competition with the front-driven Renault Clio 172 Cup highlights the eclectic nature of the inaugural seasons championship.
There’s a co-drivers title to be decided too, as Sharrock’s regular partner Stuart Faulds goes head to head with Martin Haggett, co-driver to the Talbot Sunbeam competitor Mike Taylor. Faulds holds a seven point advantage.
There are close battles throughout the classes too with both Class A and Class B set to go down to the wire. In class A Joe Cunningham leads Justin Lawson by just two points, while Paul Sheard heads David Mairs by a slender four point margin in Class B.
While the championship provides the main backdrop to the event, the battle for the overall rally win will be just as fiercely contested. While you would trust the championship heavyweights to be up there, the variety of high class entries including WRC-spec machines plus the addition of circuit rallying specials such as Ashley Field’s superb Darrian T90 means that the drama will go right into the final stages.
With overall victory, championship supremacy, class positions and the Michelin Cup to fight for there will be lots to watch.