Who follows on from Kris Meeke?

Who follows on from Kris Meeke?From Rally Ypres [ 19/06/2017 ].
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For the first time in its 59-year history the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship is heading across the Channel. Top players in the British Championship, for many the breeding ground for international talent on gravel, are coming to measure themselves up with the top of the Belgian Championship. Who can tread in the footsteps of Tony Pond, the Brit who as only foreigner twice won in Ypres. And who follows on from Kris Meeke, the last British winner in 2009?

The British troops are headed up by...a Swede, Fredrik Ahlin. He won the Border Counties Rally and the Pirelli International, but was forced to retire in the final stage of the Scottish Rally. Ahlin is not truly an asphalt specialist.

His teammate David Bogie won the Scottish Rally with his Skoda Fabia R5 sponsored by DMack. Welshman Osian Pryce is an example of regularity with three podium places to his name in his Ford Fiesta R5. He is closely followed by Marty McCormack. With his Kumho shod Fabia R5 McCormack is out to cash in on his terrain knowledge. McCormack has been a guest in Ypres before, but was caught out with a few handsome mistakes. In the British Championship Hyundai is counting on Tom Cave. Keith Cronin, another reference, has not had much luck this year with his Fiesta R5, but in Wervik Cronin proved that he has a heavy right foot. The British Ford driver promptly set down the fastest time on the opening stage in Wervik. Alex Laffey, another Ford driver, and Johnny Greer, who is opting for a DS 3 R5, are in their element on asphalt. One definitely must not underestimate the driver from Ulster.

There is no lack of outsiders. Just take the Ford Fiesta R5 machines of Rhys Yates, Matt Edwards, James Slaughter and Jamie Anderson, but also the two Skoda Fabia R5 of Desi Henry and Thomas Preston.

Chris Ingram as reference

What Guillaume de Mevius represents for the Belgian Juniors, Chris Ingram is for the British Juniors. The Opel driver is not competing in the Junior Championship but with his works Opel Adam R2 he is a worthy competitor.

William Creighton is coming to Ypres as leader with his Peugeot 208 R2, however Cameron Davies, Meirion Evans and Marty Gallagher are keen to outshine with a similar 208 R2. Oscar Solberg, Henning's son, is heading up the Ford brigade. Oscar won the opening round of the Championship. James Williams is also opting for a Ford, while Callum Devine will be coming to Ypres with an Opel Adam R2. Earlier this year Tom Williams came for a test run on the Monteberg. Curious to see whether this will give him an advantage. Other youngsters are Josh Cornwell, Nabila Tejpar, Alex Waterman and James McDiarmid.

In addition to the top classes, the Production Cup, BRC4 and the National Rally Cup will also be descending on Ypres. And as a tasty dessert there will be 5 British Army Land Rovers, driven by soldiers, who will be competing in their own competition amongst themselves. Spectacle guaranteed!

Their heroics in Flemish fields will be extensively televised, because Channel 4, Motorsports TV and BT Sports will be broadcasting each of the 7 rounds of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship on television.