Honda to Be Seventh Manufacturer to Join the Intercontinental Rally Challenge

Tony CastaneiraAnalyst IJune 19, 2009

While almost every series is suffering from manufacturer cutbacks, the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) continues to attract more makes.

Honda will make its debut in the manufacturers' battle this weekend, joining the fray at the IRC’s Belgium Ypres Rally.

Joining Abarth, Peugeot, Proton, Ralliart (Mitsubishi), Skoda, and Volkswagen, Honda is the fourth manufacturer contesting the IRC’s two-wheel drive Cup with Peugeot, Volkswagen and Abarth.

At the Belgium Ypres Rally, Honda will run four Civic Type Rs, developed by JAS Motorsport and entered by privateer teams. Heading the entry is the all-Dutch crew of Marcel Piepers and Erik de Wild.

Then there is the all-Hungarian team of Vizin Laszlo and Zsiros Gabor, together with the Dutch showroom-class entry of Martijn Braat and Jac Gillis.

Finally, the French drivers Jean-Marc Poisson and Olivier Lesigne are also ready to make their mark on the classic Belgian event.

"To see such enthusiasm amongst our customers is our greatest satisfaction," says William De Braekeleer, Motorsport Manager at Honda Motor Europe Ltd. "It's great to see how passionate they are about our brand, and therefore we are delighted to offer them this extra logistic and technical support at the event."

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