2012 IRDC Driver Improvement Award







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 18, 2012
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The MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) is pleased to announce that for the 2012 season the International Rally Driver’s Club’s (IRDC) innovative Driver Improvement Award Scheme will not only cater for drivers in the main international category of the series, but has been expanded to include the BRC Challenge.

The top four “Most Improved” drivers from 2011 had been placed in the IRDC scheme’s top ten at each of last year’s six qualifying BRC rallies, proving that consistency is the key to winning the initiative, designed to highlight best improvement in driver performance on gravel and asphalt.

The Scheme

The IRDC scheme is open to drivers competing in the six-round 2012 MSA British Rally Championship and the scheme’s objectives are to find the best improvement in driver performance on gravel and asphalt, raise the profile of competitors in the BRC and increase press coverage for the championship and IRDC. Once again for 2012, drivers in the BRC will benefit from free registration to the International Rally Drivers Club and automatic eligibility for the improvement scheme.

How the IRDC Improvement Scheme works:

All drivers will have their performance data entered into the IRDC database and their performance improvement will be reported after the second round of the championship and all subsequent rounds.

Points will be counted from all rounds of the BRC

The relative performance improvement will be published as a “league table” i.e. the person with the highest personal improvement will be in position 1

The stage times for each stage on a rally will be sent directly to the IRDC scheme coordinator electronically on the Monday following the event (or as early as possible)

The IRDC will send back to the BRC the league table within 7 working days of receipt of the results

The BRC will publish the details of the highest performance after each round of the championship.

Administration of the IRDC Scheme

The points scored by drivers in the IRDC Driver Improvement scheme are calculated after each round of the championship and show the greatest percentage improvement in a driver’s stage times. The results are factored on careful analysis of stage time improvement and assessed on a rally by rally basis, all facilitated on behalf of the IRDC by Tim Hobbs, international co-driver and an acknowledged authority on international rally driver seeding for many years.

End of Season Awards

MSA British Rally Championship

  • Cash Award of £300 to the winning Driver
  • 2 x tickets for the end of season BRC Awards Presentation Dinner
  • 2 x trophiesFree membership of the IRDC for driver & co-driver for the following year
  • Free publicity on the IRDC website / multimedia packages

BRC Challenge

  • Cash award of £150 to the winning Driver
  • 2 x trophies
  • Free membership of the IRDC for driver & co-driver for the following year
  • Free publicity on the IRDC website / multimedia packages