Whilst the MSA British Rally Championship was in Northern Ireland for this season’s round five, the Todds Leap International Rally NI, championship organisers took the opportunity to meet competitors from this year’s Junior 1000 Rally Challenge Ireland, the country’s official series for under 17-year old drivers.
A presentation was held at the rally HQ in Antrim on the eve of the event, when BRC Manager Mark Taylor introduced the attentive youngsters to the British Championship and in particular the value-for-money R1 Class. He highlighted the range of benefits available to young drivers, which included the chance to challenge for the MSA British Junior Rally Championship title, the sport’s top prize for under 23 year-olds.
BRC Manager Mark Taylor said:
“The Junior 1000 series’ is a excellent starting point for young drivers. It teaches the all-important basic skills that are required to progress in the sport, such as safety, car control and listening to route instructions from a co-driver.
“It is our philosophy to encourage young drivers and nurture their talents in a well-managed environment that will allow them to flourish if they wish to pursue a career in rallying.”
Following the meeting, the teenagers and their fathers had the opportunity to look around three R1 Class cars on display: a Ford Fiesta, a Citroën DS3 and a Renault Twingo. And, by the look on the youngster’s faces, their parents are unlikely to ask what they would like for Christmas this year!
Following the presentation, the Co-ordinator for the Junior 1000 Rally Challenge Ireland Jim Crozier said:
“All of our drivers have learnt a great deal this evening. To a youngster in a 1000cc rally car, taking part in the British Rally Championship appears to be a massive step. But listening to what has been said and taking into account the extremely low cost of building and running an R1 car in comparison to anything else, this provides a clear and realistic goal for our juniors to aim for.”
MSA British Rally Championship organisers are now seeking interest in carrying out similar presentations for Junior 1000 series currently running in England, Scotland and Wales.
For more information on the MSA British Rally Championship visit www.rallybrc.co.uk
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