New British Rally Championship administration

A new joint venture has been formed in the UK by ABIRO and International Motor Sports to promote and organise the British Rally Championship, initially for three years (2003-05)

New British Rally Championship administration

"We've recognised from the start of this year that there were a couple of weaknesses in the current structure of the championship," explained BRC manager Mark Taylor. "The first was that we didn't have sufficient resources to secure the commercial rights for the British Rally Championship. The second was that, within the present structure of ABIRO, there wasn't the executive power to make the decisions that would progress the championship as effectively as the situation demanded. So we had to find a commercial partner which would enable us to overcome both these problems.

"What we have now put together is, in my opinion, the best solution for the BRC. The new company that is being formed will enable the organisers to organise, and the commercial arm to generate the required revenue that is needed to fund the considerable future costs of running an International championship.

"The investors in the new company are not free-market entrepreneurs, but effectively the sort of people whose aim is to recycle money back into the sport. In this way, the new structure will enable the British Rally Championship to reach its true potential in the shortest possible time."

IMS is also engaged in the organisation of the British GP and the Rally GB. "ABIRO has done an excellent job of running the 2002 BRC," said IMS commercial manager Tim Foster. "Our agreement is all about the development of rallying and investment in the sport."

Further details will be announced shortly.

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