Exol Lubricants and its distributor JP Oils have teamed up with Leyland-based KH Hire Rallying for selected rounds of the 2022 British Trial and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) Rally Championship and 2022-23 MSN Rally Championship.
Under a new three-year agreement, Cooper Tire Europe will supply its rallycross tyres to the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship. While all six of the championship’s competitive categories remain open to all tyre suppliers in 2020, this will change in 2021 and 2022 with Cooper becoming the exclusive tyre range for the ‘Production 4×4’, ‘Production’ and ‘Junior’ categories. The championship’s formal name also changes this season to the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
Although no specific motorsport activity formed part of the tyre maker’s 100-year celebration at a global level, the centenary year of 2017 proved an incredibly exciting and successful one for Yokohama on race and rally track, with numerous event and championship victories swelling the silverware cabinet.
The UK distributor for Yokohama tyres, YHPT, has said it is encouraged by the pace shown by Next Big Step runner Aaron McClure in this year’s BTRDA rally series. A graduate of the Formula 1000 Junior championship and competing as part of a ‘ladder of opportunity’ which is supported at all levels by Yokohama, McClure demonstrated excellent pace in his Group N Mitsubishi Lancer rally car on numerous occasions throughout the season.
Using Pirelli tyres, Steve Perez dominated the Trackrod Forest Stages rally in Yorkshire to put himself firmly in contention for the 2014 BTRDA Rally Series title.
The Chesterfield driver, whose ex-Marcus Gronholm Ford Focus WRC07 ran on Pirelli rubber, put his stamp on the Pickering-based event where main title rival Paul Bird finished second, just 3.4 seconds behind.