BFGoodrich and Kronos Racing, in association with the Motor Sports Association – governing body of UK motor sport – are offering a fully-funded entry for a British rally driver to compete in the Scottish round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) on November 19-21.
The 2009 BFGoodrich Drivers Team was set up to provide a fully-funded opportunity for a local driver to contest five of the IRC’s 12 rounds in Monte Carlo, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Italy and now Scotland.
The MSA is inviting applications from drivers wishing to be considered for selection to contest the Rally of Scotland in the BFGoodrich Drivers Team’s Peugeot 207 Super 2000. There is no age limit, but applicants must be British citizens and must hold an MSA International Rally competition licence.
The applicants will be reduced to a shortlist of five drivers put forward for consideration by a jury that will include representatives of the British media. The final selection will be made on 6th November and the winner announced the same day.
The winning crew will be given a test session in the week of the event to familiarise themselves with the Peugeot 207 Super 2000, with BFGoodrich's range of tyres and with the staff at Kronos Racing.
The selected crew will then take part in the Scottish round of the IRC in the colours of BFGoodrich/Kronos in the same conditions as the team's other three drivers, including British star and current IRC championship leader Kris Meeke, who will be competing in a similar Peugeot 207.
"The BFGoodrich Drivers Team is an illustration of BFGoodrich's real commitment to rallying and gives us a chance to showcase the performance of our products and our dynamism," says Nick Shorrock, Director of the Michelin Group's Competition Department.
"We have been loyal to BFGoodrich ever since the brand arrived in rallying, and we are particularly proud to have had this chance to work with its staff on such an exciting project," underlines Kronos Racing Director Marc Van Dalen. "The BFGoodrich Drivers Team is a unique operation which represents an exceptional opportunity for the selected drivers."
“This is a fantastic initiative from BFGoodrich and we are delighted to support it,” says Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive. “The UK is blessed with some extremely talented rally drivers and whichever one of them is selected for this drive, I am sure they will make the most of the opportunity.”
Programme and timetable:
October 26: The deadline for interested crews to forward their application to the MSA to be considered for the drive is midday on October 26, 2009. UK motor sport’s governing body will forward the list of drivers to BFGoodrich and Kronos management who will draw up a shortlist of five crews.
November 6: BFGoodrich and Kronos will set up a jury which will include representatives of the British media. In a secret vote, this jury will then nominate the crew which will be given the opportunity to contest the Rally of Scotland in the programme's Peugeot 207 Super 2000. The selected crew will take part in the Scottish round of the IRC in the colours of BFGoodrich/Kronos in the same conditions as the team's other three drivers, namely Freddy Loix, Nicolas Vouilloz and Kris Meeke, all of whom will be competing in similar Peugeot 207 Super 2000s.
November 16: a test session will be organised in the region visited by the rally to give the nominated driver a chance to familiarise himself with the Peugeot 207, with BFGoodrich's range of tyres and with the staff at Kronos Racing.
November 19-21: the crew will contest the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association Rally of Scotland.
The application form in both MS Word and PDF formats can be found by clicking here. Completed forms should be sent to Greg Symes, Motor Sports Association, Motor Sports House, Riverside Park, Colnbrook, SL3 0HG or by e-mail to: email@example.com, to arrive no later than midday on Monday 26th October.
Release MSA09-036: 23 September 2009
For media information only. No regulatory value.