Armed Forces Rally Team
The Armed Forces Rally Team (AFRT) was formed from the Army Rally Team whose origins go back to the BAMA Rally crews of the early 1960s. The modern Team formed in 1996 as the LEX-ARMY Rally Team under the direction of Brig Carl Hewitt MBE and in 2005 changed to its current title to reflect the tri service nature of its membership.
The AFRT competes in a variety of selected national and international rallies which are combined as the Armed Forces Rally Championship. These events are chosen to offer the crews the opportunity to compete on a variety of surfaces and under differing conditions which are designed to comprehensively test crew skills.
The Team comprises regular and reserve members of the Armed Forces and MOD civil servants who are selected into competitive seats and other appointments based on merit and commitment to the Team.
The activity is recognized formally as an approved Army Sport and is controlled by the BAMA executive committee and by the Army Sport Control Board. The Team is funded by ASCB grants and formal sponsorship, most of which is raised through Team Army. The members also make personal contributions to the activities and are expected to purchase some of the items of personal protection equipment.
The vehicles are owned by the MOD but are on long term loan to Millbrook Proving Ground Ltd for the Team's exclusive use and have been civilian registered, taxed and insured by Millbrook on behalf of the Team. All fuel, tyres, spares, repairs and routine maintenance are funded and managed by the Team with support from our fantastic sponsors.