Richard Egger Insurance will remain as the headline sponsor for both the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship and the BTRDA Asphalt Rally Series in 2009, organisers have announced.

Speaking following the news, Richard Egger, himself a keen competitor, said he was looking forward to next season now.

"We at Richard Egger Insurance have enjoyed our involvement with the MSA and BTRDA Asphalt Rally Championships - great events, good competition and nice people. What more could we hope for? We look forward to 2009 now and to building on the success of this year," he confirmed.

The schedules for next year have also been published with each series set to be made up of seven events.

Both championships will kick off with the Tour of Epynt in February, one of only two events - the other being the Mewla National on August 30 - which will have dual status.

The full calendars for 2009 are as follows:

2009 MSA Asphalt Rally Championship:

22nd Feb. Tour of Epynt
11th/12th April Circuit of Ireland National
9/10th May Manx National
23/24th May Jim Clark National
12th July Sligo Stages
30th August Mewla National
18th October Cheviot National

5 out of 7 scores to count.

2009 BTRDA Asphalt Rally Series:

22nd Feb. Tour of Epynt
27th/28th Mar. Tour of Cornwall
25th May Millbrook
19th/20th Jun. Rally of Midlands
30th August Mewla National
27th Sept. Patriot Stages
18th October Keith Knox Stages

5 out of 7 scores to count.

Regulations will be available in December.