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The Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship will be open to Super 2000 cars for the 2007 season.
Super 2000 cars will be allowed subject to a mechanism to ensure performance parity between them and Group N Rally 4 (R4) class of car that currently leads the Championship.
Super 2000 regulation cars are four-wheel drive cars with naturally aspirated 2 litre engines with a maximum of 280 hp and 6-spd sequential gearboxes. They are based on a production model with a minimum of 25,000 produced.
An independent assessment will take place to determine any weight penalty required to peg the performance of representative Super 2000 cars to the four wheel drive turbo-charged R4 cars. This will take place on both gravel and tarmac surfaces and will remain subject to ongoing review during the course of the season.
The move opens the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship to the exciting new class which has had significant manufacturer interest whilst ensuring the close level of competition shown by the championship this season is not compromised.
“It is important that we are open to this exciting new class of rally car but at the same time we do not want the championship to become a one horse race,” says BRC Manager Mark Taylor.
“The FIA is currently conducting its own review of the competitiveness of Super 2000 and we will await their conclusions before we conduct our own performance parity tests.
“We have been in discussion with a number of manufacturers including those currently entered in the championship regarding the participation of Super 2000 cars and we are eager to hear from any other teams who are looking at running cars in 2007.”
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