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Pirelli to support British Historic Rally Championship in 2013
15th May 2012Italian tyre firm Pirelli will support the 2013 MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the UK’s premier historic rally series, taking in both gravel and asphalt events across the country.
Featuring old-school rally machinery dating from the 1950s through to the 1980s, Pirelli will become an official tyre supplier to the British Historic Rally Championship from next year. The move comes after a four-year exclusive deal that allowed only one official tyre supplier to the championship.
Pirelli will bring a wealth of knowledge and technical expertise from several rally series including the FIA World Rally Championship (where Pirellli was exclusive supplier from 2008-2010, with a failure rate of less than 0.02%) and the MSA British Rally Championship, where Pirelli has been the series’ official tyre supplier since 2007. Competitors will be able to test Pirelli’s gravel and asphalt specification tyres in a range of different sizes in the run up to next year’s championship.
Pirelli UK motorsport’s Matthew Corby said: “It’s fantastic to hear that the BHRC organisers have approved Pirelli as a tyre supplier for 2013. Pirelli has been looking to expand into the historic category for quite some time, and I firmly believe that competitors will benefit from being able to choose from our wide range of tyres and sizes available.”
Corby added: “Pirelli’s continuous involvement in the World Rally Championship dates back to its inception in 1973, and in that time Pirelli has recorded 25 championship titles. The experience gained in the WRC, as well as the WRC Academy and the British Rally Championship in recent years, means that our technical development and experience in rallying is second to none.”
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