- A national championship with an international flavour, with the Down Rally in Northern Ireland and Rally van Wervik in Belgium added to the list of asphalt favourites
- Big class structure makes the Championship attractive to a wide range of cars and competitors
- Protyre Motorsport to supply all brands of tyre to registered competitors and offer generous event-by-event prizes to drivers using Pirelli, Michelin and Hoosier tyres
- Every event to have TV coverage, live on-line streaming and live radio reports
The new-look 2018 Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship will contain six events, with a good geographical spread of high-quality and challenging rallies making it a true national championship – with a round in Belgium adding an international flavour.
The main focus of the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship is to encourage active competitor participation throughout the classes, from drivers emerging from the junior and single-venue championships to experienced competitors wanting to enjoy motorsport at a high level. Details of the class structure, which has been designed to attract the greatest variety of cars and drivers and will include historic as well as modern cars, will be confirmed in the 2018 Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations, which will be published later in the year.
To be eligible to score Championship points, a competitor must have purchased their tyres from either Protyre Motorsport or from one of its official suppliers. Protyre is the largest suppler of Pirelli, Michelin and Hoosier motorsport tyres in the UK, and it can supply any brand of tyre. The advantages to registered competitors is that not only will they receive a very competitive special rate, Protyre will operate a comprehensive on-event service at each round, offering tyre delivery, tyre fitting, emergency supply of tyres and advice.
Protyre will offer a generous event-by-event prize fund to users of Pirelli, Michelin and Hoosier motorsport tyres. This will include a total of 72 free tyres for the top three placed drivers overall (1st overall on each event receives a prize of x 6 tyres FOC; 2nd x 4 tyres and 3rd x 2 tyres). Protyre will also reward success in selected classes with tyre incentives and rewards.
A half hour highlights package from every round will be broadcast on television in the UK, with the coverage also being able to view on-line via the championship website and Facebook pages, as well as the Special Stage Facebook page, website and Special Stage Mobile App. There will also be live streaming from each round on the Special Stage Facebook page, and live radio interviews on RallyFM.net.
Mike Broad, President of the BTRDA, said: “This is the start of an exciting three year project which will see the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship focus on the classes, as well as the big guys at the front. It’s a national championship with an international flavour – with the Down Rally in Northern Ireland giving the series a good national geographic spread and the Rally van Wervik in Belgium offering an exciting challenge in nearby mainland Europe. In its starter year, the 2018 Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship will contain six rounds – which gives it room for growth, should one or more other top quality asphalt rallies be added to the calendar in the future.”
2018 Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship calendar
10/11 March….Tour of Epynt
11/12 May….Manx National Rally
8/9 June….Rally van Wervik
21 July….Carryduff Folklift Down Rally
25/26 August….Old Forge Road Garage Mewla Rally
20/21 October….Keldine Autos Cheviot Stages Rally
Protyre is the UK’s fastest growing chain of fast fit and mechanical centres with a growing network of 109 branches, supplying a complete range of tyres, from premium to economy, for all makes and models of cars, vans, 4x4s and motorcycles, as well as offering MOTs, mechanical repairs and servicing. Protyre is service driven to ensure technical expertise, quality and customer care, making it the local garage people can trust. Protyre’s Motorsport division provides tyres and tyre fitting services for competitions, including the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship. Protyre is the retail arm of Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd, the UK’s premier tyre wholesaler, distributor and retailer. www.protyre.co.uk
For more Championship information, please contact:
Jane Evans: Jane@asphaltrallying.com
For Media information, please contact:
Paul Evans: firstname.lastname@example.org