Swedish star Fredrik Ahlin and his Norwegian co-driver Morten Erik Abrahamsen driving for local team CA1 Sport, made it three different winners in the opening three rounds of this year’s MSA British Rally Championship with victory on this weekend’s Pirelli Carlisle Rally. The 24-year-old in his Pirelli-shod Ford Fiesta R5 became the first Swedish driver since 1995 to win a round of Britain’s premier rallying series. Along with the win, Ahlin played his ‘Joker’ which doubled his points allowing him to overtake rival Elfyn Evans at the top of points standings. He now holds a five-point advantage after the Cumbrian event.
Local driver Matthew Wilson last competed in the BRC in 2005 and returned to the series to take second overall while Evans, who initially led the event, suffered a puncture on the opening day plummeting him down the leaderboard. The World Championship star, though, fought his way back up the order to make it three Ford Fiesta R5s in the top three, ensuring three tyre manufacturers – Pirelli, Michelin and DMACK – all shared the podium spoils.