The MSN Circuit Rally Championship goes from strength to strength as top tyre manufacturer Michelin have come on board, joining the fledgling championship as a partner which will now incorporate the brand new Michelin Cup.
The new partnership will allow all of the championship competitors the opportunity to run on top-class rubber from Michelin and compete for the Michelin Cup on rounds at many of the UK’s top circuits, including all four MotorSport Vision circuits.
The Michelin Cup is an excellent addition to the Circuit Rally Championship, as competitors will be able to compete for a set of 4 Michelin Tarmac Competition Tyres on each round of the championship.
Michelin’s involvement comes as a huge boost to the championship, the French company bringing with it years of top-level motorsport experience from the World Rally Championship, in addition to Formula One and the Le Mans 24-Hours race. The continued research and development that Michelin puts into the performance of tyres at the highest level of motorsport should feed down to a strong performance in the National Circuit Rally Championship.
Tim Hoare, Michelin Motorsport Manager, UK/ROI, commented: “We are delighted to be associated with this innovative Circuit Rally Championship. The varied conditions and surfaces will help reinforce the message of total performance of Michelin tyres in all conditions. One of the great strengths of rallying has always been that the cars look similar to road cars and it helps to link the motorsport arena to the car driving on the road. It is great to work with experienced and passionate partners and we look forward to a great championship.”
Another part of this new deal is a comprehensive television package, which will see each round of the championship broadcast by the Special Stage TV team on a dedicated Motors TV show and sponsored by Michelin.
Darren Spann, Championship Co-Ordinator said: “We are delighted to confirm this partnership with Michelin. This is a significant step for the Championship, which enables us to be able to offer much more to the competitors. The TV deal is a fantastic leap forward. Partnering with a tyre manufacturer synonymous with rallying will help significantly in ensuring this new championship will be at the forefront of rallying the United Kingdom. We are really excited for the future of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship in association with MSVR.”
David Willey, MSVR Motorsport Events Manager, added: “Michelin’s involvement with the MN Circuit Rally Championship is terrific news. Michelin is a tyre manufacturer with a fantastic motorsport pedigree, and it adds further weight to the growing momentum behind this exciting new rally championship. I can’t wait for the season to start at Oulton Park in November!”
The inaugural MN Circuit Rally Championship will kick-off at Oulton Park with the Neil Howard Stages this November, before visiting circuits across the country, including all four MSV-owned venues, and concluding in mid-2016 with an awards ceremony at Oulton Park.
The Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship kicks off at Oulton Park on 7th November 2015. Visit www.oultonpark.co.uk for more information. For further details about MSVR, please visit www.msvracing.com.