IRDC Performance Award

Martin Roberts takes first 2008 award

The International Rally Drivers Club is pleased to announce a continuation of its Performance Award initiative in conjunction with the 2008 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship. The scheme, which was won by Steve Graham in 2007, is designed to recognise and reward championship contenders who show the greatest improvement in performance between rounds.

The performance is determined by a tried and tested algorithm that takes the stage times of each competitor and determines their improvement on performance on subsequent rounds. Consequently, the performance on the Pirelli International Rally was used as the benchmark for the performances on the Jim Clark International Rally.

Martin Roberts is in his second year contesting the CitroŽn C2R2 Cup, leading last year after the Isle of Man, he has gone one better and leads the series going to the Manx event. His position after the Borders event has also netted him the first IRDC Performance Award, just reward for his efforts.

The Staffordshire driver has proved his consistently good pace by finishing on the podium on the opening two rounds, but will have to continue to push hard, as just four points separate the top four CitroŽns.

Background

The IRDC competitor performance database has been providing performance data for rallies since the 1980?s. This year the system will continue to be used to measure the performance improvement for each registered crew following each round of the championship. The crew that shows the greatest improvement in their performance will be awarded up to £200 at each round.



IRDC most improved BRC round 1-2

1 Martin Roberts

2 Ross Forde

3 Fin McCaul

4= Matt Cotton

4= Steve Graham

6 Karl Simmons

7 Luke Pinder

8 Gordon Nichol

9 Martin McCormack

10 Adam Gould

27th June, 2008