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Kumho, already the tyre manufacturer of choice for many rally teams, has been appointed a key partner and official tyre supplier to Britain’s premier rallying series, the MSA British Rally Championship (BRC).

The company has developed new products especially for the 2016 season and joins rival tyre suppliers Michelin, Pirelli and DMACK in what will be a fierce four-way battle throughout the seven gravel and tarmac rounds of the series, during which everything from the notoriously slippery asphalt of Ireland to the infamous gravel of the Kielder forests will be encountered.

Said Kumho Motorsport’s Steve Thompson: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in the new-look BRC. We have always held the championship in high regard and to compete at the pinnacle of British rallying is very important to us.

“The opportunity to go toe-to-toe with other tyre manufacturers is what especially appeals to us. We cater for a lot of different single-tyre series, meaning we always win and always finish last! Competing against other top brands accelerates development of our products, adds significance to our success and gives us something we can really shout about.”

BRC Championship Manager Iain Campbell added: “Kumho coming on-board is great news for the series and to now have four tyre suppliers is brilliant, as it will not only give competitors plenty of options but add another dynamic to the action on the stages. Perhaps some tyres will be better suited to the tarmac while others will shine on the gravel. Whatever, it will add further interest to an already exciting season.”

The first round of the championship is the Mid Wales Stages event this coming weekend (March 5/6), for which 54 crews from 11 nations are entered. Kumho is looking to run several competitors throughout the season and those wishing to discuss Kumho options for 2016 should contact Steve Thompson without delay on 01455 200050 or via steve.thompson@kumhomotorsport.com.

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