More drivers will benefit from the lucrative event-by-event tyre rewards offered by Protyre Motorsport, thanks to a reworking of the 2019 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship incentive and bonus schemes.
Last year, over 100 tyres were offered as rewards to the most successful drivers per event in the overall classification, historic section and 1400cc categories. For 2019, this generous incentive will be offered to even more of the class competitors, with tyre rewards going to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd registered drivers overall in the general classification, the 1st registered driver in each of the three classes from B10 to B15 by rotation and to the 1st registered driver overall in classes 1400C and 1400S by rotation (subject to there being five or more in the 1400 classes). The rotation system will be: classes B10, B11, B12 and 1400C on the Rallynuts National Tour of Epynt (10 March), Woodstoxx – Motul Rally van Wervick (15 June) and the Old Forge Garage Mewla Rally (25 August) and classes B13, B14, B15 and 1400S on the Masterpixel Media Manx National (10/11 May), Carryduff Forklift Down Rally (20 July) and the Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally (22 September).
To ensure that the maximum number of different drivers benefit from the Protyre Motorsport incentive scheme, drivers will only be eligible to win one of the tyre awards per event. Therefore, if a driver finishes 1st, 2nd or 3rd overall, they will not also receive the tyre incentives awarded for B10-B15, as these will go to the next eligible driver in the event results. Full details have been published in the Asphalt Rally Championship Regulations.
To be eligible for the event-by-event tyre incentives, competitors must purchase their tyres from Protyre Motorsport or their agreed supplier and apply to Michelin, Pirelli and Hoosier tyres only.
Competitors are free to purchase and use any stage rally tyre that conforms to the Motorsport UK rules from any supplier, and will of course be very welcome to contest the events, score Championship points and battle for Championship titles. Whilst they will be eligible for all of the other Asphalt Rally Championship incentive and bonus schemes – like the Mintex Award, Mintex Junior Award, Melvyn Evans Motorsport Junior Award, Nicky Grist Motorsports 1400cc Award, the Hendy Ford Performance Trophy, the Tony Davies Memorial Award and the Fairfield Motorsport Rally van Wervik travel and accommodation package (see Regulations) – only crews who purchase their tyres from Protyre Motorsport (or their agreed supplier) will qualify for the event-by-event tyre rewards.
As in 2018, Protyre Motorsport will attend all rounds of the Asphalt Rally Championship, operating an on-event fitting service for all registered Championship contenders. This proved to be a vital service for competitors last year, especially on the events that experienced very changeable weather – most notably the Manx, Mewla and Cheviot rallies. Tyres can be bought at events, although registered competitors are encouraged to pre-order tyres in advance from the massive range of tyres that Protyre Motorsport has in stock.
Shaun Chetwyn, Protyre Motorsport Manager, said: “Protyre Motorsport is delighted to be able to continue to help grow the Asphalt Rally Championship and these new tyre incentives have been designed to reward even more competitors from more of the classes. As last year, we’ll have at least one, and sometimes two, trucks based in the service area at each round, offering a comprehensive tyre service to all registered competitors. We will also carry a wide selection of Michelin, Pirelli and Hoosier tyres for competitors to buy on the day – although we recommend drivers let us have their requirements before each round. I’m looking forward to seeing competitors old and new on Epynt this weekend, for what promises to be a fantastic start to the 2019 series.”
Jane Evans, Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship Co-ordinator, said: “We are extremely fortunate to have Protyre as the Asphalt Rally Championship sponsor and are indebted to them for their generous support for the tyre prizes. I hope that the way we have spread the awards out will attract a wide range of competitors who will want to compete for these prizes. As Championship Co-ordinator, I look forward to seeing competitors on the Rallynuts National Tour of Epynt this weekend.”
The 2019 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations and Entry Forms are available to download on asphaltrallying.com.