Pirelli make investment in young guns

Daniel McKenna
Daniel McKenna

The MSA British Rally Championship’s Pirelli Star Driver scheme, which has previously helped up-and-coming young drivers reach the top of world rallying, is set to boost the careers of even more rally stars of the future from next year onwards.

In a change to the previous on-event selection process, the 2014 Pirelli Star Driver nominations will be awarded to each of the BRC’s five category champions at the end of the season.

The five winners will then present their future competition programmes, plans and ambitions at an assessmentday, vying for a share of the Pirelli Star Driver support fund.

The prizes will take the form of funding assistance as well as product support and other career opportunities, tailored to each individual winner.

The change in format gives opportunity to more than just one individual and does not limit the winners’ prizes to just the British Rally Championship. In addition, training and development events are planned for those of last year’s finalists still contesting the BRC in 2014. The Pirelli Star Driver winner in 2013 was Ireland’s Daniel McKenna.

And the Ulster Rally is a round of the British Rally Championship.

To date 25 drivers have been confirmed to contest the 2014 British Touring Car Championship including Portadown driver Colin Turkington and Dubliner Aron Smith.

A major scoop for the series is the return of Alain Menu from the World Touring Car Championship and Fabrizio Giovanardi. New to the championship will be cars from Mercedes and Proton.