This weekend sees the British Rally Championship enter a crucial phase, with the series’ fifth of seven rounds, the Rali Ceredigion, being decided over twelve stages around its Aberystwyth base on Saturday evening and Sunday. The event will be the first to feature a new partnership between current BRC points leader, Keith Cronin, and Molson Group, the UK’s largest independent new and used heavy equipment dealer. The Molson Group name will appear on Cronin’s Volkswagen Polo GTi R5 for the remainder of the season, as he bids to equal the record of five British rally titles, held by Jimmy McRae.
Cronin, and co-driver, Mikie Galvin, having won the Jim Clark and Grampian rallies, currently hold an eighteen point advantage over Osian Pryce and Noel O’Sullivan, who have also recorded two victories during the course of the year. With competitors counting their best five scores from seven rounds, the effective difference between the crews is much closer than the points margin suggests, and the result of Rali Ceredigion will be crucial to the ultimate outcome of the championship. Pryce won the rally on the previous occasion it ran, in 2019, but this is the first time it has been included in the British Championship calendar.
“I’m delighted to welcome the support of Molson Group to our team,” said Cronin on the eve of Rali Ceredigion. “The run-in to the championship is going to be tough, this round and the final one are in Wales, so Osian will have home advantage of sorts. With the dropped scores rule it will be vital to take the wins, or at least try to finish ahead of him, there are others in the field who could spring a surprise on us too. I’ll give it my best shot to bring home the title with Molson Group and all of our other existing supporters, to whom I am very grateful”.
Molson Group is a supplier to the construction, demolition, recycling, aggregate, port and timber industries, and has thirteen outlets throughout the UK, offering clients market leading products, backed up by over seventy service engineers and a massive inventory of parts. The Group consists of eight separate divisions: Molson Equipment, supplying brands such as Kobelco, Hyundai and Rokbak to the construction, demolition and groundwork sectors; Molson Used, providing pre-owned machinery to UK and export market, with over 200 units normally in stock; Molson Green supplies the timber, recycling and port industries with equipment from brands such as Terex Ecotec and Sennebogen; Molson Compact Equipment offers customers machines such as Kobelco, Dieic, Bergmann and many more; Molson Young Plant Sales is the Group’s dedicated division serving the Scottish market; Molson Finlay offers customers the best crushing, screening and conveying products on the market; Molson Washing is the specialist unit providing aggregate equipment to the quarrying industry; Molson Integrated provides solutions for large waste management facilities.
Rali Bae Ceredigion gets underway on Saturday evening with two runs over a short half mile spectator stage on Aberystwyth’s promenade. Two further stages follow before the overnight halt. Sunday sees eight further stages tackled (two loops of four tests), before the victory celebrations take place back in Aberystwyth just after 4pm.
In addition to the new partnership with Molson Group, Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin continue to be supported in the British Rally Championship by M O’Brien Group of Companies, Keohane Seafoods, Inver Energy, Cremin Coaches, Cronin’s Homevalue Hardware, Cronin’s Centra (Ballylickey, Leap and Union Hall), and Pirelli Tyres.
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