Having undertaken further talks with Suzuki GB, the MSA British Rally Championship has revealed the support structure that will be in place for the 2009 Swift Sport Cup.
The one-make series, won last year by Mark Gamble, looked like being canned after just a single season when Suzuki announced it was to suspend the championship, but the BRC then stepped in to take over the running and ensure the Swift Sport Cup would continue into a second year.
Seven drivers have so far signed up for the season ahead, with the top driver at the end of the campaign securing a prize drive on the final round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the Rally of Scotland, later in the year. The highest-placed Swift Sport Cup driver in the points standings will also secure an automatic nomination for the Pirelli Star Driver shootout at the end of the year.
In addition there will be on event prize money offering cash awards for the top seven cars on each event with the top placed driver taking £500, £300 for second, £200 for third and £100 for the remainder of finishers down to seventh place.
The support package will include on-event support from Monster Sport Europe, which will attend each of the events with a parts truck and technical assistance for Swift Sport competitors, while the Swift Sport Cup will also receive coverage on Sky Sports
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“It's been a challenging time since Suzuki Motor Corporation announced the world wide suspension of its motorsport activities,” BRC manager Mark Taylor said. “Between us, we have created a rescue package which keeps the championship alive and healthy. If you speak to anyone who has driven on of these diminutive cars then you will hear that they are great fun to drive and competitive too. The BRC is also committed to a Swift Sport Cup for 2010 and we are already in discussions to ensure that the series continues to grow in popularity.”
Ian Robinson, formerly of Suzuki GB, will continue to be involved and provide co-ordination between competitors and the Championship on each of the six events that make up the 2009 Series.