Citroen has announced its title sponsorship of the 2010 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship (ITRC), which kicks off this weekend at the Galway International Rally, February 5-7.

For 2010, the six ITRC events also make up the rounds of the Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland, which has received entries from eleven Citroen C2-R2 Max rally cars, four C2-R2s and one C2 Super 1600.

With the largest prize fund in Irish rallying history up for grabs, the Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland provides C2-R2 Max drivers with total potential prize money of Euros 19,500 on each of the six rounds of the Championship.

"On behalf of the Tarmac Rally Organisers Association (TROA), we very much welcome Citro?n on board as title sponsor of the 2010 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship," said Don Wilmont, Citroen Irish Tarmac Rally Championship manager.

"Having a partnership with a strong brand such as Citroen, which has been so dominant at the top of the FIA World Rally Championship, will not only enhance the profile of the Championship, but also the profile of each of the individual events."

Citroen UK's managing director, Gary Savage, added: "It is well known that the Irish are keen supporters of rallying and Citroen is proud to be sponsoring the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship."

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