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Series strives to make season affordable

Amidst all the bleak news about the economy and the price of bread, the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship has been doing some calculations and has good news for competitors. In its 50th year and with over 50 registered drivers,...

Amidst all the bleak news about the economy and the price of bread, the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship has been doing some calculations and has good news for competitors.

In its 50th year and with over 50 registered drivers, the prize money paid out to BRC competitors has so far reached 42,000 GBP and there are still two opportunities to win in 2008.

The forecast for total prize money for the 2008 season is a payout in excess of 60,000 GBP and 45 of the 50 drivers have already benefited from the cash awards.

Complimenting the huge funds is the Pirelli Star Driver competition for a fully funded drive in the 2009 Championship, carrying a value well into six figures.

But not only is the BRC paying out real cash prizes but the control fuel and tyre regulations mean that costs are effectively capped to prevent runaway spending by the bigger teams.

Tesco's 99 octane fuel, for example, is available delivered to events in the BRC calendar from just 1.40 GBP per litre, with the specially blended motorsport version still less then 2.00 GBP per litre. The upshot is that top teams can save up to 2000 GBP in a season compared to an open market.

The number of Pirelli tyres too, is limited, and whilst the privateer teams tend not to use up to their limit, this restriction means that there is a finite cost for everyone.

Tiered entry fees in each class also mean that the smaller capacity classes enjoy the very best value pound per stage mile rallying in theUK.

The conclusion is that while rallying at the top level of the sport is never cheap, the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship strives to provide reward and keep a lid on costs.

-credit: rallybrc.co.uk

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