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Coming up next year: 2008 Pirelli McRae Enduro Trofeo.

The Pirelli McRae Enduro Trofeo, a new one-make rally championship, will commence in 2008 using the McRae Enduro rally car. This one-make series has received the full backing of Pirelli and been devised around the FIA’s desire for an expansion of Cross-Country and Baja-type events.

"There is a desire to increase the global scope of Cross-Country and Baja-type rallying," said Barry Reynolds. "With 83% of the world’s roads classed as ‘dirt roads’, we view this as being the most relevant motorsporting activity for emerging economies in non-traditional motorsport countries like the Middle East, Russia, China and India. The FIA have stated that they are keen to promote Cross-Country and encourage new drivers to join the sport. We believe that an attractive one-make series is the ideal solution and the McRae Enduro is a great product for both newcomers and ‘gentleman’ drivers to begin a career in this exciting and adventurous form of motorsport."

The calendar for the inaugural Pirelli McRae Enduro Trofeo is not yet determined, but officials have stated that the championship will be made up of six select events, three from the 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup and three from the FIA Baja series.

"We feel that the Pirelli McRae Enduro Trofeo opens a new door and will attract a large number of new competitors to the sport," added Reynolds. "We will be able to offer tailor-made packages to suit individual driver’s requirements. There will be an option of an ‘arrive and drive’ package or facilities for teams to carry out their own servicing under a controlled one-make series environment."

The 2008 Pirelli McRae Enduro Trofeo will use one Pirelli control tyre - the Pirelli Scorpion Zero 235/85R x 16 - for the duration of the season.

Paul Hembery, Director of Motorsport at Pirelli, is upbeat about the potential of the new championship: "This is an ideal all-round control tyre and should set a level playing field for everyone in what I feel has great potential to become a superb one-make rally series."

2007/05/30 | 18:09 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Neil Perkins

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