Leading IRC light Kronos Racing is planning to focus on developing a new car for the 2013 Intercontinental Rally Challenge rather than chase a third IRC drivers' crown next season, joint team boss Marc van Dalen has confirmed.
The Belgian squad guided Nicolas Vouilloz and Kris Meeke to back-to-back IRC titles in 2008 and 2009, while rising star Thierry Neuville was part of a five-way fight for this year's accolade on the final round in Cyprus in early November. However, with Neuville now set to make selective IRC appearances in 2012 after securing a world championship programme with Citroen, van Dalen has announced Kronos will change strategy for next season.
"After five busy years in the IRC, we would have liked to have faced up to another season with Thierry but, given how quickly his career has taken off, we have decided to put 2012 on hold," the team boss confirmed, "We'd like to thank all the partners who have supported us throughout those superb campaigns over the last five years."
But, before Kronos' rivals get too excited about seeing the back of the Belgian threat, albeit temporarily, van Dalen admitted that he could not see the team being completely idle.
"Regarding the season to come, we wouldn't rule out a few appearances in our 207 S2000 before we come back strongly with a new car in 2013," he warned.