Scotsman Smith aims for BRC National Rally Championship success
Scotsman Allan Smith hasn’t driven a rally vehicle in anger for three years, and he hasn’t started a full championship season in over a decade. He is not fazed by either of these points, however, as he is aiming for a formidable return to the rally scene in the BRC National Rally Championship.
Running alongside the British Rally Championship, the BRC National Rally Championship serves as an “open class” for non-homologated vehicles. Smith will participate in Class 3 of the category at the wheel of its recently acquired high speed Honda Civic Type-R (photo above).
Prior to his three-year rally “hiatus”, Smith spent much of his competitive phase at Rallye in his native Scotland. However, upon his return to the sport, he decided to broaden his horizons in search of new competitions;
“I haven’t been in a car since 2018 and if I came back I wanted to do more than the Scottish Rally Championship,” says Smith,
“After buying the Honda and seeing the BRC calendar this year, I felt the right thing to do. The BRC looks great and there are some big events in some big woods so I really wanted to go back ”.
2021 will be Smith’s first full championship season since 2010, where he competed in the Scottish Rally Championship at the wheel of a front-wheel drive Ford Focus. Switching from the Focus, Smith made the leap to four-wheel-drive machines, piloting a Mitsubishi evo viii in some rounds of the Scottish series. His last event was in 2018, where he finished in fifth place in the Knockhill Stage Rally behind the wheel of a hire Mitsubishi WRC Proto.
However, after many years of absence, Smith is keen to return to the Rally and is doubly happy to be behind the wheel of the front-wheel drive machines again;
“I’ve always liked two-wheel drive because you have to keep it neat and tidy, which suits my driving style,” he says.
While he will miss the opening of the season, at Oulton Park, Smith is delighted to embark on his first British Championship and wants to innovate;
“I have worked a lot on the car since I received it from Ireland and it is ready to go now. The schedule looks awesome and while I won’t be at Oulton Park, I’ve heard some really great things about Nicky Grist stages. I’ve never been to Wales so I’m really excited to go. I know Mull well and of course the Grampian so as long as I keep speed this season it should be good ”.
After three years out of the hot seat and an entire decade removed from championship competition, Allan Smith will need to blow the cobwebs quickly if he is to succeed in his 2021 campaign. One thing is certain though, he is ready to take on the challenge. challenge and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.