MN Cir­cuit Cham­pi­onship backs R-GT class

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Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship co-or­di­na­tor Dar­ren Spann has con­firmed he will run an R-GT cat­e­gory in the series next sea­son if the class is cre­ated in time.

A pro­posal for cars with en­gines over three-litres – like the Nis­san 350Z and Porsche Boxster and Cay­man – to be able to com­pete was put for­ward to the MSA Ral­lies Com­mit­tee last week. Cur­rently, cars over three-litres log-booked af­ter 2009 are un­able to com­pete.

“If that goes through, it’s a crack­ing idea,” said Spann. “It does need care­ful polic­ing and thought about how it’s done.

“It would open up the cars able to com­pete, like Porsches and the BMW [3-Series] which has to be the next big club­man car as the Es­cort is pric­ing it­self out. You can pick up an M3 at a de­cent cost and turn it into a rally car for a small cost as well.

“With­out ques­tion the cars would suit the cham­pi­onship be­cause they are more likely to be com­pet­i­tive on as­phalt on cir­cuits than they are on the gravel ral­lies as they have less sus­pen­sion travel and only two-wheel drive.

“They’re a good way for­ward for bud­get ral­ly­ing with a quick car.”

MN un­der­stands that the pro­posal would mean the cars in the class would need to use the original en­gine the model was pro­duced with to avoid peo­ple adding over three-litre en­gines to older cars not built to cor­rect safety stan­dards.

A 2.9-litre Porsche is in the MN series

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