The Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship has partnered with Harry Hockly Motorsport to provide a one-make championship for Suzuki Swifts in the 2017-18 season.
Competitors will be able to buy a kit for the Swift or have Hockly fit it for them, with the aim of keeping costs down.
The Hockly Swift Cup will run a control fuel and control tyre, and the winner of the title will win a subsidised drive in the outfit’s 1400cc Swift on a National B asphalt rally in the UK in 2018.
Jess Hockly of Hockly Motorsport said: “We feel that there is a gap in the rally market, where the Vauxhall Nova sat years ago, and the Suzuki Swift fits that bill perfectly. Launching the Hockly Swift Cup gives the competitor a good base package for them to build upon over the years while not carrying the price tags of an R2 package. Being involved in one make series’ before has given us the experience to pull the package together.”
MN Circuit Rally Championship coordinator Darren Spann added: “This initiative will help bring low cost rallying to more competitors and be a great showcase for their talents. I’m really looking forward to seeing this initiative in action.”
The championship also launched a Protyre Challenge in conjunction with the tyre dealer, where cars in Class A (up to 1400cc), B (1401-1600cc) and C (1601-2000cc) will compete for prizes including free tyres. This year a maximum wheel diameter of 15 inches will be imposed.
Shawn Chetwyn from Protyre Motorsport said: “Our Protyre Challenge will allow people with smaller budgets to take part in this championship and sample what it has to offer. We will be at each round retailing the latest tyres from all the leading manufacturers.”
That combines with the continuing Michelin Cup, which is held over the course of the season. The winner receives 12 Michelin asphalt tyres, while the top three will all receive prizes. The Michelin Cup competitors must run Michelin tyres to be eligible. At each round, the class winners all go into a pot and can win a set of Michelins as well.