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Six of the 2013 MSA British Rally Championship’s Pirelli Star Driver finalists, including winner Daniel McKenna, will grab a chance to improve their media skills this weekend. But the session isn’t all whiteboards and spin, as they also get a chance to let their hair down in an endurance kart race the following day.

Friday’s media training will take place at Pirelli UK’s Didcot headquarters and will be hosted by respected journalist and former WRC commentator Mark James. With heads full of best practice in front of the camera, the drivers will hope that’s all the spin they experience, as the two hour race gets underway the following afternoon. Read More »

The MSA British Rally Championship’s Pirelli Star Driver scheme, which has previously helped up-and-coming talent such as Elfyn Evans reach the top of world rallying, is set to boost the careers of even more young drivers from next year onwards.

In a change to the previous on-event selection process, the 2014 Pirelli Star Driver nominations will be awarded to each of the BRC’s five category champions at the end of the season.

The five winners will then present their future competition programmes, plans and ambitions at an assessment day, vying for a share of the Pirelli Star Driver support fund. The prizes will take the form of funding assistance as well as product support and other career opportunities, tailored to each individual winner. Read More »

Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of everything we do, committing to excellence is not an act it is an attitude – one that drives us to be the best that we can be for our sport.

Already proving to be a development arena for real talent, the main MSA British Rally Championship will continue to be the pinnacle of the sport in the UK and in recognition of this, the cars will run at the front of the qualifying rallies in a modern group. It will again feature just two–wheel drive cars in five new categories, BRC1 to 5 (see below).

Integral to the 2014 Championship will be the new NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge Trophy (formerly the BRC Challenge) which will be inter-seeded with the main BRC group, providing all the benefits of participating in the MSA British Rally Championship, but on a smaller budget. The Challenge Trophy runners will complete a shortened version of the overall route and are not allowed to do reconnaissance on gravel. Read More »

The MSA British Rally Championship formally unveiled its plans for 2014 at the Competitors Open Day at Curborough Sprint Circuit last Friday, attending teams’ drivers including Mark Higgins, Jonny Milner and Elfyn Evans demonstrating cars on the short asphalt track.

Championship Manager Mark Taylor briefed those attending on the 2014 structure supporting new and junior competitors entering the series for the first time, highlighting a joint prize pot of over £10,000. He also announced the creation of the Constructors’ Commission, which amongst other objectives, has been set-up to broaden the appeal of the sport. The result of recent meetings of the Commission has created the opportunity for some new and exciting cars to run at the head of the rallies in 2014. Read More »

Benjamyn Mckay / Jason Mckay Renault Twingo21 year old Ben Mckay from Ellesmere coped admirably with the pressure of having it all to loose, by bagging a raft of titles on last weekend’s final round of the MSA British Rally Championship, Rallye Sunseeker International. Not only did the youngster bring the Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy, MSA British Junior Championship, Ravenol Newcomers Cup and class R1 titles back to Shropshire, but he also won the hearts and minds of the selection committee and was awarded the coveted Pirelli Star Driver nomination for his determined approach this year. Read More »

Daniel McKenna is this year’s coveted MSA British Rally Championship Pirelli UK Star Driver shootout after wowing a panel of five judges during a two-day competition, based at the iconic motorsport complex of Sweet Lamb in Wales.

McKenna and regular co-driver Arthur Kierans were also crowned the new BRC RallyTwo champions at the weekend and beat off stiff competition from five other finalists to win a full British Rally Championship campaign courtesy of tyre supplier Pirelli. McKenna, who hails from County Monaghan, will compete on all seven rounds of next year’s BRC at the wheel of a Citroën DS3 R3T supplied by DGM Motorsport.

Now in its seventh year, the Pirelli Star Driver programme has helped a number of promising drivers in their quest to become an international rally star. Read More »

Alex Parpottas / Alexander Kihurani Ford FiestaMSA British Rally Championship contender Alex Parpottas took a convincing third place in the hotly contested RallyTwo class on last weekend’s Rallye Sunseeker International.  Driving his Buzz Sweets Ford Fiesta R2, Parpottas headed to the Dorset based event in an attempt to chase down a podium position in the series and gain valuable seat time ahead of the Pirelli Star Driver Shootout which was held just two days after the event and offered a fully funded drive in the 2014 British rally Championship for the victor. Read More »

Alex Parpottas Ford Fiesta Pirelli Star DriverJust four weeks after narrowly missing out on the coveted Pirelli Star Driver Nomination in Ulster, MSA British Rally Championship contender Alex Parpottas caught the eye of the selection committee on last weekend’s Rally Yorkshire and became the fifth driver this year to be awarded the sought after “Yellow Jacket”. Once again driving his Buzz Sweets Ford Fiesta R2, Parpottas managed to impress the panel throughout the two day event and will now head to the Pirelli Shootout later in the year where he will be vying for the prize of a fully paid drive in the 2014 MSA British Rally Championship. Read More »

Jukka Korhonen and Marko Salminen finished the final stage of the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally 42.5 seconds clear of the chasing pack, making the 29 year old the first Finn to win a round of the MSA British Rally Championship since Jari-Matti Latvala ten year ago.

The pair led from start to finish in their Citroën DS3 R3T, building a lead of around a minute before easing off on Sunday when Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble’s early challenge was curtailed by a puncture on Saturday’s fifth stage.

The victory was a smooth one; car and team working seamlessly on the eighty mile event, with Korhonen admitting that he had speed to spare if needed. With the win comes a maximum points haul towards a championship title that he had vowed to win as long ago as last year – so far, so good. Read More »

Mark Donnelly has won this year’s prestigious Pirelli UK Star Driver shootout after impressing a panel of four judges during a two-day showdown based at the iconic motorsport complex of Sweet Lamb in mid Wales.

Donnelly, who won the opening round of this year’s Pirelli-supported MSA British Rally Championship, beat off stiff competition from six other finalists to claim one of the most coveted prizes in British motorsport. The 21-year-old from Omagh in Northern Ireland wins a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in a full British Rally Championship campaign courtesy of the series’ official tyre supplier, Pirelli. Next year he will compete on all seven British rounds at the wheel of a Citroen DS3 R3 from David Greer Motorsport. Read More »