Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship Classic events remain the cornerstone of the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship for 2008, but some changes are afoot for 2009. The Championship announces its provisional timetable for...
Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship
Classic events remain the cornerstone of the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship for 2008, but some changes are afoot for 2009.
The Championship announces its provisional timetable for next season, and the six events used for the past 2 years will remain but there are some important date changes; notably the movement of the Ulster International Rally into August and Rally Yorkshire which moves from early October to late September.
"The current events are very popular with competitors and remain some of the best organised rallies in the British Isles." Commented Mark Taylor, "Rally Yorkshire's move was a long term objective for the event organisers and combined with Ulster's move to August Bank Holiday weekend it gives the series a better spread throughout the year." Whilst there are six rallies on the calendar, Rally GB is split into two separate point scoring events making for a seven individual point scoring Championship. Running to International FIA regulations all of the rallies offer reconnaissance of the special stages which is of paramount importance to competitors in a recent survey of drivers.
Whilst the same six events are retained for 2008, the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship organisers are aware of the current uncertainty surrounding the FIA World Rally Championship calendar from 2009 and the effect this may have on the status of Wales Rally GB. In order to retain a fresh and vibrant mix of championship events BRC organisers are planning changes to the event line up in 2009.
Mark Taylor added, "We must be receptive to our customer's needs and keep the Championship alive with fresh initiatives and a mix of character events. We would like to increase the Championship calendar by adding a seventh qualifying round without adding additional cost to the overall budget for teams and competitors. It is clear not all our rallies need to be two day events; Rally Yorkshire has shown what can be achieved in a single day. We also strive to maintain a good geographical spread around the UK, and therefore would like to retain a rally in Wales and seek another event elsewhere. We would welcome interest from rally organisers."