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IRC: Magalhaes confirmed for seven more events
24 February 2011
Bruno Magalhaes will tackle seven more rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this season at the wheel of a Peugeot Sport Portugal 207 Super 2000, it has been announced.
Magalhaes, who finished fifth overall in the IRC drivers' standings in 2010, could also take in the season-closing rallies in Scotland and Cyprus too, assuming additional sponsorship can be found.
The IRC event winner will resume his campaign on Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles in April. Along with co-driver Paulo Grave, Magalhaes will also enter May's Tour de Corse, the Geko Ypres Rally in June, Sata Rallye Acores in July and Rali Vinho Madeira in August.
Funds are available for two further events although Peugeot Sport Portugal team manager Carlos Barros says no decision will be made on what those will be until later in the season.
“We will try very hard to do all the events this year but we know we will do at least seven more events, which is great,” Barros said. “We know with the [extra] points for Scotland and Cyprus it will be important to do those two rallies as well but we will need more budget to make those happen.”
Drivers in the IRC can count their seven best scores out of a possible 12 so even if they are not able to take in all of the events they won't be put at a disadvantage in their efforts to secure the title.