Top tyre manufacturer Michelin will partner with the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship when it kicks off at Oulton Park’s Neil Howard Stage Rally this November.
The MN Rally Championship, run in association with MSVR, will be contested across eight rounds at many of the UK’s top circuits, including all four MotorSport Vision venues (Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, and Snetterton, in addition to Oulton).
This new partnership will allow all of the championship entries the opportunity to run on top-class rubber from Michelin, and compete for the Michelin Cup, where competitors have the opportunity to win a set of 4 Michelin Tarmac Competition Tyres on each round of the championship, further details of which will be revealed in due course. 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.
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.
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. 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 Rally Championship arena.
“It is great to work with experienced and passionate partners and we look forward to a great championship.”
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 our competitors. Partnering with a tyre manufacturer synonymous with rallying will help significantly in ensuring this new championship will be at the forefront of rallying in 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 Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship kicks off at Oulton Park on 7 November. Visit www.oultonpark.co.uk for more information.