Pirelli goes In­ter­na­tional with FIA Celtic Tro­phy

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This year’s Pirelli Carlisle Rally will re­turn to In­ter­na­tional sta­tus for 2017 with over 100 stage miles, as the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship event forms part of the FIA Celtic Tro­phy for the first time.

The Tro­phy started last year and ran a solely as­phalt cal­en­dar in 2016. Tro­phy co-or­di­na­tor Andy Millns wanted the con­test to of­fer driv­ers in the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship the chance to score more points. Had the Tro­phy fea­tured the Pirelli last year, the over­all se­ries would have been won by El­fyn Evans. In­stead, it was won by Ir­ish Tar­mac cham­pion Keith Cronin.

“The idea was to get a bet­ter bal­ance be­tween the Ir­ish se­ries and the BRC, to catch more com­peti­tors there,” said Millns. “It should make it a tighter com­pe­ti­tion, which will be good.”

Carlisle deputy clerk of the course Brian Kinghorn be­lieves the time is right to re­turn to In­ter­na­tional sta­tus.

“It’s partly to do with the Celtic Tro­phy, but also we’ve al­ways as­pired to get back to in­ter­na­tional sta­tus when the time was right to do so,” said Kinghorn. “The BRC haven’t pres­sured us but they’ve al­ways had the pref­er­ence to move that way as well. We’re happy to be part of an FIA cham­pi­onship. We feel the time is right and the Celtic Tro­phy were look­ing for a gravel round on the main­land. We were keen to get in­volved.”

FIA Celtic Tro­phy: new gravel event

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