Despite apparently being axed earlier this month, the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup will
continue into the 2009 season.
Suzuki announced earlier this month that it was to suspend the series due to the current economic downturn, which has already seen the Japanese manufacturer pull out of the World Rally Championship.
That came despite an earlier announcement that the series would continue into a second year, with the inaugural title having gone the way of Mark Gamble in 2008.
However, after the series was suspended, talks quickly began between organiser of the MSA British Rally Championship and Suzuki UK to keep the Swift Sport Cup alive.
Those talks have resulted in the BRC being given formal permission to run the series this year, with discussions talking place about continued support for competitors ahead of a further meeting between the two parties next week.
"Acknowledging that Suzuki GB; along with the industry generally, is faced with economic pressures, the meeting was very supportive of a continued Swift Sport Cup, which could deliver close and exciting competition in controlled one make cars, with on-event technical support, media and TV, incentives and prizes,” BRC manager Mark Taylor said. “All parties agreed to work together in creating a viable package and will reconvene next Friday to finalise the details.
“The Swift Sport Cup is on for 2009, and I am confident that the final package will be a worthwhile proposition for existing and new competitors."
Further details are expected to be released following Friday's meeting, with the Swift Sport Cup set to be open to a maximum of twelve competitors in 2009.