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This Saturday's launch event for the 2005 Kwik-Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship, BRC Live, will see the works Mitsubishi UK Rally Team in action for the first time this year, with Rory Galligan scheduled to drive one of the team's Group N Lancer Evolution VIII MRs.

Galligan's team mate and current British Rally Champion, David Higgins, will not be attending, his rallying commitments in Turkey rendering him unavailable for this event. Higgins, from Trefeglwys, together with his co-driver, Daniel Barritt, from Burnley, will make their debut appearance for the Mitsubishi UK Rally Team on round one, the International Rally of Wales, which takes place on 23rd & 24th April.

Galligan, from Oldcastle, will be joined on Saturday by his recently appointed co-driver, Greg Shinnors from Limerick. Shinnors replaces Galligan's original co-driver and the man who guided him to Evolution Challenge victory in 2004, Jonty Bolsover, excessive business commitments forcing Bolsover to withdraw from the team.

BRC Live is organised to provide the British Rally Championship with a high profile prelude for the season ahead, with all of the series' top teams invited to take part. Held at Bramcote Barracks near Nuneaton, the day will feature a host of promotional activities, such as press calls and autograph signing sessions.

Media, sponsors and the public are encouraged to attend and, if the past two years are anything to go by, this spectacular event will prove to be a big hit with spectators.

Teams will have the opportunity to display their cars and talents with a 1.1 mile special stage around the barracks, where drivers can demonstrate a taste of what's in store for the rest of the season.

Sponsors, guests and competition winners will have each have the chance to be part of the action, with teams able to provide passenger rides during the afternoon.

The event continues into the evening with the 'All Stars Rally Sprint' taking place at 5.00 pm, the day rounding off with a band concert and firework display.

In addition, BRC Live features trade displays and showcase service area, where the public can get close to the teams and see what goes on between stages.

Gates open for spectators at 9.00 am, with the on-stage action commencing at 2.00 pm, the day's activities concluding at 8.00 pm.

The Mitsubishi works cars are prepared by ADR Motorsport of Chesterfield on behalf of Cirencester based Mitsubishi Motors UK. The team is sponsored by: Pirelli, Shell Racing Fuels, Rampage, Speedline Corse, PIAA, Mintex and ADR Motorsport.

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May be heading up to this after the RR day! :)
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