The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has published the provisional Tyre List for special stage rallies held on unsealed surfaces from 1 January 2015.
The move is intended to help reduce the environmental impact of stage rallies on forest roads. The list includes options from the major manufacturers of first generation tyres. Remoulded tyres acceptable from 2015 will be added to the list later this year, which will complete the final list.
Mike Broad, chairman of the MSA's Stage Rally Tyre Working Group, said: “I am delighted that the Tyre Panel has been able to issue the list of approved tyres for unsealed surfaces in good time for the 2015 season. This gives competitors the whole of 2014 to use up any tyres they may already have that aren't on the list.
"I would like to thank the representatives of the tyre manufacturers concerned for their co-operation over the last 12 months to enable this list to be produced. If anybody has any queries over the future eligibility of their tyres, they should make direct contact with those manufacturers, who will be happy to help."
Andrew Kellitt, chairman of the Rallies Committee, added: “The regulation and control of tyres for stage rallies on unsealed surfaces is something that the Rallies Committee has been striving towards for some time. This next step is very welcome and will help secure the future of the sport.”
Tyre manufacturers have until 1 September 2014 to include new or modified tyre patterns on the list; if approved by the MSA Tyre Panel, such additions will be announced on the MSA website and included in the 2015 MSA Yearbook.
The provisional tyre list is as follows:
DZ86 R/RW – DZ74R
28 February 2014