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Interest in the Australian Rally Championship continues to gain momentum with several rally tyre manufacturers keen to be involved in the series from 2020 onwards. An expression of interest document was recently made available, with the option for tyre manufacturers to apply to be the sole control tyre, or join the championship as an 'official tyre supplier'. In the latter option, between four and six manufacturers would be present. CAMS Motor Sport & Commercial Operations director, Michael Smith, told RallySport Magazine that they have had quite a lot of interest already from a number of different tyre suppliers. "We are yet to receive any formal applications, but the expression of interest window doesn't close until July 26," Smith said. "While I can't divulge who we have interest from, it's exciting that we are generating plenty of interest."

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Current control tyre suppler, MRF, have not yet decided if they will apply to be the control supplier again for the next three years. Vivek Ponnusamy, from MRF Tyres Australian motorsport distributor, Mentor Tyres, said that it was still under review in India. Other well known rally tyre brands who could push for inclusion in the Australian Rally Championship include Dunlop, Pirelli, Hoosier, Michelin and Hankook, as well as Kumho, who held the contract from 2014 to 2016. You can download the ARC tyre expression of interest document HERE.
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