Kronos Racing still planning full IRC assault in 2012, despite reduced backing from Peugeot Belux
|By Jamie O'Leary||Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 10:17 GMT|
Kronos Racing has had its support from Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg scaled back for the 2012 season, but still intends to compete in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on a full-time basis.
Peugeot Belux, which supported Thierry Neuville's 2011 campaign with Kronos in a 207 S2000, has decided to only tackle a handful of IRC events next year, following Neuville's promotion a World Rally Championship programme with Citroen.
That decision had cast doubt on the participation of Kronos, which won IRC drivers' titles with Nicolas Vouilloz in 2008 and Kris Meeke in '09.
However, the team's joint boss Marc van Dalen insists that the team is close to securing a deal to tackle the entire series.
"We have cars capable of winning rallies and the personnel in place with all the experience necessary to be very successful in the IRC," said van Dalen.
While Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg, with whom we maintain a very strong relationship, won't be doing as many events in 2012, Kronos is in talks with drivers and other partners about competing in the IRC with our team in 2012."