2013 NGK Spark Plug BRC Challenge introduces Clio 172 Rally Cup

2013 NGK Spark Plug BRC Challenge introduces Clio 172 Rally Cup

NGK Spark Plugs photoThis year’s NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge (NGK BRCC) will not only again feature the Fiesta SportChallenge, but will  also see the introduction of a new series: the Clio 172 Rally Cup.

The NGK BRCC provides competitors with some of the best value stage mileage in the UK, running in front of the BRC field on gravel rallies, and has a massive £7000 end of season prize fund. The event has in the past provided fantastic competition and is shaping up to be even better this season, with the inaugural running of the Clio 172 Rally Cup. Promoted by Rallyschool.co.uk and based on a Renault Clio 172 Cup road car, the series is intended to provide a low cost solution that packs plenty of performance.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a leading supplier of original equipment quality spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda sensors whose products are used by teams competing in a host of prestigious motorsport two-wheel and four-wheel events, including Formula 1, the FIA World Rally Championship, and MotoGP.

Tim Ward, Deputy General Manager – Sales & Marketing, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “We are delighted to once again be a sponsor of such a popular motorsport event which, with the new series, promises to be even bigger and better than ever. I am sure our customers will enthusiastically be following each of the rounds over the forthcoming season.”

The Clio is already successful in the NGK Spark Plugs BRCC and the new series will provide event-by-event and end of season prizes. Starting with a low cost donor car, adding essential safety equipment and a kit of parts including suspension, limited slip differential and under-body protection, it is estimated that the completed rally versions will cost around £8000. The established Fiesta SportChallenge, which is supported and promoted by M-Sport, will be open to the tried and tested Fiesta ST, as well as the new shape Fiesta MS1 and R1 cars. Both series will follow all eight rounds of this year’s BRCC calendar.

Championship Manager Mark Taylor said: “The Fiesta SportChallenge and Clio 172 Rally Cup give competitors two bites at the cherry to compete in cars that are very capable of winning events and the Championship outright, and provides them with an opportunity to take the BRCC spoils as well as receive credit, rewards and accolades for winning their own series.”

The series, in which competitors count their five best scores, kicks off on April 6 with the North Wales Challenge Rally at Welshpool.

For further information contact:  Andy Hurst, Hurst Media Services   Tel: 01354 656555 andyh.stonecross@btconnect.com