MG wins new UK rally scholarship contract

Two UK government funded regional development agencies have appointed MG Sport & Racing as the manufacturer to support a new 'Motorsport in the Midlands' initiative. Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) have jointly launched a new programme for young rally drivers. It will be called the MG ZR Rally Scholarship and based on specially prepared MG ZR105 Group N cars

MG wins new UK rally scholarship contract

The MG ZR competed in both the Group N and Super 1600 classes during 2002. The standard road cars will be modified to Group N specification and will include a rollcage, competition seats and harnesses, fire extinguishers, sump and tank guards, stiffer suspension dampers and competition brakes.

The scheme will be run in various stages, starting with a competition in regional newspapers attracting young talent of both sexes between the ages of 18-25. Up to 200 candidates will be selected and tested on their vehicle knowledge, fitness and driving ability. Tuition will be included. A winner from each of the 10 regions will be short-listed to complete a full programme of testing in MG ZRs before tackling selected British Rally Championship events.

MG Sport & Racing director Kim Johnson said: "We're delighted to be involved with such an innovative idea. MG is a sporting brand and the scholarship fits perfectly within our motorsport portfolio. To promote the Midlands while discovering new talent is an added bonus. Bring all this together with the support of Motorsport in the Midlands, AWM, EMDA, the media and our network of MG Rover dealers, and we have a winning combination."

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College will join the programme by providing technicians as service support crews during rallies. The crews will be selected from full-time students currently enrolled on the Level 2 Technical Certificate (bodywork or mechanical).

shares
comments
Rimor gets 'DEPOCAM' to handle 'IGES' files

Previous article

Rimor gets 'DEPOCAM' to handle 'IGES' files

Next article

Life after Fishel at GM Racing

Life after Fishel at GM Racing
Load comments
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020