Our website uses cookies so that we can provide a better service. Continue to use the site as normal if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.
X

MSA congratulates Evans and Barritt on maiden WRC victory

29
Oct
2017

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.

19
Jun
2018
Safety Administrator

The Motor Sports Association (MSA), national governing body of UK four-wheel motor sport, seeks a Safety Administrator to be based at their office in Colnbrook, near Heathrow Airport. Read more

Selwyn Kendrick, the former organiser of the MSA British Cross Country Championship, has received a regional volunteer award from Macmillan Cancer Support in recognition of his support for people living with cancer. Read more

Scottish Motor Sports (SMS) and the MSA are pleased to reveal that Transport Scotland will launch a public consultation on developing new legislation facilitating closed-road motorsport. Read more

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an IT Services Director to join the national governing body of four-wheel UK motorsport, the Motor Sports Association (MSA). 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

Many MSA members will be aware of Vnuk, a 2014 European Court judgement that threatens the future of all UK motorsport. Read more

Registered Office as above, Registered Number 1344829. VAT Number 242304895