EuroRallye are in pole position to take full advantage of big changes in the British rally scene. The Lancashire-based rally firm specialises in the sale and hire of front-wheel drive rally cars. With the British Rally Championship switching to two-wheel drive only from 2012, EuroRallye hopes to use their experience to promote their existing products at the highest level in UK rallying.
EuroRallye and partner G&M Mechanical Services will be at the BRC Open Day on 9th September to showcase their package ahead of this seismic shift in the way British rallying operates. The firms will have a Honda Civic Type R on hand, and hope to demonstrate the potential of the car as a competitive but affordable option for the 2012 BRC. The aim of the Open Day – held at Curborourgh Sprint Circuit in Staffordshire – is to let current and potential competitors find out more about the all-new two-wheel drive championship.
The Civic will be driven at the open day by Brick and Steel Civic Ecosse Challenge frontrunner Graeme Schoneville, and will be fitted with a five-speed Bollverk dog gearbox – EuroRallye and G&M are the official UK agents and technical support providers for the Estonian company.
If there’s anyone who knows how to showcase the potential of a Honda Civic, it’s Graeme Schoneville. The 25 year-old from Carluke is one of the fastest of a very rich crop of young, talented Scottish drivers, and currently leads the one-make Civic Ecosse Challenge. Schoneville is campaigning his older-spec Civic for a second year with support from G&M Mechanical Services of Perth.
“I am delighted that Graeme has agreed to demonstrate my car at the BRC Open day.” says EuroRallye proprietor Iain Shirlaw. “I had the pleasure of sitting with Graeme at the Merrick pre event test and he is a very impressive young driver who is totally in tune with his own Honda Civic EK4. He knows the potential of the newer model Honda Civic Type R after he used one of my similar cars to finish a very respectable 20th overall on the 2009 McRae Stages.”
“After two years in the Civic Ecosse Challenge, I am considering my options for 2012 and I am interested to see what the BRC has to offer,” adds Schoneville. “The attraction is the ability to compete at the highest level in the UK in an affordable two wheel drive car. The BRC Open day is a great opportunity for me to try the car and let other people see what it is capable of.”