MN Circuit Championship backs R-GT class
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.