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• NET-HERO carbon offset rally team to set a green standard in UK’s forests
• In a rallying first, entire team movements will be carbon neutral, blazing a trail for rallying to follow

The entire NET-HERO Rally Team of driver Tony Jardine and co-driver Allan Harryman’s car, plus all its support vehicles, including team travel emissions, will be carbon neutral for the biggest rally of 2021, the Roger Albert Clark Rally.

The rally programme, announced today will use the first premium carbon offset platform that enables motorists to become environmentally responsible drivers. NET-HERO, an innovative platform for motorists to offset their emissions through the support of high-quality carbon credits, will be used for historic motorsport and rallying for the first time.

NET-HERO is a simple web-based platform that allows drivers of internal combustion engine cars, including rally cars, to offset their carbon footprint and help protect the future in three easy steps for as little as 2 pence per mile. Any car from a Fiat Panda to a twin cam Ford Escort can become carbon neutral by offsetting through the purchase of fully certified credits for NET-HERO high quality carbon credit projects which include afforestation, restoration of peatlands and grass protection. This programme has a AAA+ rating (*see accompanying detailed NET-HERO release in attachment).

Top names from across the sport and 150 cars from around the UK and the world will compete in The Roger Albert Clark Rally, the biggest and most prestigious event on the rally calendar in 2021 which takes place at the end of this month (Nov 25 – 29)

As the event will visit special stages in all three forests areas of Forest Scotland, Forest England and Wales, it is entirely appropriate that the NET-HERO Rally team blazes the environmental path to demonstrate to other competitors the need for action to help protect our forests and the environment through the sport of rallying. Through awareness of a green standard that is easily achieved via NET-HERO, it is important to set an example as to how emissions can be easily offset as the event is for historic rally cars. As more teams take action, this will help protect the future of rallying when combined with the major efforts of Motorsport UK, the governing body of the sport.

Motorsport UK CEO Hugh Chambers commented:
“Motorsport UK applauds this innovative approach from NET-HERO and Tony Jardine. Motorsport is at a turning point in demonstrating how it can not only neutralise its impact on the environment, with initiatives such as this, but going even further to pave the way for bold new innovations such as carbon neutral synthetic fuels.

“These will allow existing internal combustion engine cars to carry on being used and enjoyed with no detrimental effect. The reason this is so important is that we need to protect the enormously successful classic car industry that employs tens of thousands of people and brings real economic benefits to communities across the UK.”

Tony Jardine and Allan Harryman will be competing in a 1973 Hillman Avenger 1600 GT originally built by Tim Tugwell and prepared by 3D Motorsport, the first historic R.A.C. event for the pairing. They are hoping to finish well and aim to deliver a significant environmental motoring message along the way.

Tony Jardine; “Most of us know we have to act quickly, but now even more so after COP26. Together we can help care for the environment through motorsport in a simple and cost-effective way. I can’t think of any better way of demonstrating an effective environmental programme in motorsport other than alongside my fellow competitors in the glorious forests of Scotland, England and Wales.”

Image courtesy of Will Broadhead

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