September 20, 2013 – Pirelli Star Driver Mark Donnelly will return to the British Rally Championship for the up and coming Rally Yorkshire full of optimism following his podium finish at the previous round in Northern Ireland. Forming the penultimate round of Britain’s premier rally series, Donnelly will be eager to finish the Yorkshire-based rally with his feet firmly rooted on the podium.
Pirelli now supplies tyres to more than 250 motorsport championships across the globe and has been supporting Britain’s top rally drivers in the BRC for seven years running. Rally Yorkshire, which takes place from 27-28 September, marks a return to gravel and Pirelli will supply its highly successful K6 Scorpion gravel tyres (ideal for cooler conditions) in 15-inch fitments. The harder Pirelli K4 gravel tyre will also be available.
This year’s Rally Yorkshire will be based at the newly refurbished Pickering Showground, with a ceremonial start from 1730 on Friday 27 September in the town’s nearby Market Place. Seven quick gravel stages then await the drivers as they compete over 60 miles. The first special stage will take place in Dalby Forest and includes the well-known Dalby Woodyard: a popular spectator point.
“I think that my third place at the Ulster was a massive confidence booster,” explained Pirelli Star Driver Donnelly, who will drive a Pirelli-backed Citroën DS3 R3T in Yorkshire. “It was brilliant to come away with podium result and I’ll be hoping to have the same pace as the second day during Rally NI and get back on the podium again in Yorkshire. We’re going back to my preferred surface of gravel, so that will definitely help. I think it’s fair to say that the championship is out of reach at this point, but I’ll be trying to get as far up the standings as possible between now and the end of the season.”
Former Pirelli Star Driver Jukka Korhonen is currently leading the British Rally Championship overall standings with a total of 76 points. The Finn, who was supported by Pirelli throughout 2012, has enjoyed a near-perfect season after securing two victories and two runner-up spots. Tom Cave – who was a serious contender at last year’s Pirelli Star Driver shootout is second overall with 59 points. Alastair Fisher – who is also taking part in the Citroën Top Driver series, supported by Pirelli on the World Rally Championship – is in joint third alongside Jonny Greer.
The fifth round of the British Rally Championship also incorporates the sixth round of the NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge (NGK BRCC), and will also include the Trackrod Pre-87 and Historic Cup, Land Rover Challenge and a round of the BTRDA rally series. The historic section will be the first cars on the stages.
Pirelli UK Motorsport’s Operation Manager, Matthew Corby, concluded: “It’s coming to the end of another exciting BRC season and it’s fantastic to have witnessed our Pirelli Star Driver’s progress in the Citroën on each round this year. Mark found it difficult to adapt to the new machinery at the start of the season but he’s got to grips with it now and I think he will definitely be able to fight for another podium finish before the season is out. With a 17-point championship lead, Jukka Korhonen is well placed to take this year’s title but it’s certainly not set in stone with seven drivers, including Mark, still in with a mathematical chance of winning the series. Yorkshire is a tricky event which is fast, flowing and technically challenging but our Pirelli K6 gravel tyre is perfectly suited to a vast array of road conditions so the drivers should be able to push for competitive stage times from the off.”
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