Tay­lor: New cash prize em­pow­ers driv­ers to choose their next ca­reer step

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The new Ju­nior Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship’s £30,000 cash prize will of­fer young driv­ers more flex­i­bil­ity in their cho­sen ca­reer path, ac­cord­ing to BRC or­gan­is­ers.

IMS chief Ben Tay­lor told MN that it’s al­ways been the plan for the BRC to have an open tyre for­mat, and to not con­trol driv­ers’ next step of the lad­der.

“We’ve al­ways said we wanted to have a cham­pi­onship with an open tyre for­mat,” said Tay­lor. “That was our plan un­til 15 months ago. We also said we wanted to give them a prize that they could take with them into their ca­reer and not con­trol where they go with their di­rec­tion of travel af­ter the ju­niors. We wanted to give them the choice.

“We changed our mind at the last minute last year as DMACK stepped up with a huge prize and re­ally en­dorsed the cham­pi­onship, it was a big shot in the arm for us and I’ll al­ways be grate­ful to DMACK for that sup­port.”

Tay­lor doesn’t be­lieve the change will make the cham­pi­onship any less at­trac­tive to in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors look­ing for a step up into the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

“A lot of the in­ter­na­tional el­e­ment rests on the value of the pound,” he said. “But I think £30,000 cash to take where you want is mas­sively valu­able. I think it will be more at­trac­tive be­cause you can take that money and use it to ne­go­ti­ate your own deal.”

Prize is still a draw for ju­niors

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