We are now finishing off the lasts few arrangement for the next rally in Madeira which starts on Thursday 30th July with the official shakedown and then the ceremonial start in Funchal. The rally finishes on Saturday.
With Rally Russia winner's Skoda not competing in Madeira we must make sure Kris maximises this opportunity to get as many points as he can. He currently leads the Driver's standings by just one point from Skoda's Jan Kopecky, but with Jan not in Madeira we need to extend this lead. Kris's biggest title challenger in Madeira will be team mate Freddy Loix who Kris beat to the win in Ypres, Belgium. He is currently six points behind Kris in third place in the standings.
Our Peugeot 207 S2000 will be shipped to Maderia this week after its full rebuild by KRONOS the Belgium team who prepare and look after our car and the two cars for Peugeot Belgium Luxembourg.
Why KRONOS and not a UK based team?
When we decided to enter this year's IRC we made the decision very quickly and with our UK Marketing Director's previous experience with KRONOS it was the most obvious choice to us. Currently there are no British based teams who are running Peugeot 207 S2000s and Kronos have already demonstrated they know the car and they have won the IRC with the car.
So who are Kronos Racing?
Kronos was founded by Marc Van Dalen (pictured above with Paul and Kris) and his partner Jean-Pierre Mondron in 1994 off the back of their own racing success. Kronos then became responsible for Peugeot Belgium Luxembourg's circuit and rally programmes, an association which is still as strong fifteen years later.
It was in 1999 that Kronos scored its first international success with a one-two-three finish in the famous Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hour Race with the Peugeot 306 GTi6 - The first time a front wheel drive car had won the race. In 2000 they repeated the victory again with the 306 GTi6 taking first and third. At KRONOS's Belgium headquarters they still have the winning car in the same condition it finished the race in their in-house museum.
KRONOS then became involved in both Super 1600 and WRC and supported cars in every level in the Belgian, Polish, European and World Championships. In 2003, they won the European Rally Championship with Bruno Thiry in a Peugeot 206 WRC.
In 2004, Citroen Sport chose KRONOS to give the Citroen C2 Super 1600s their competition debut and at the same time they become more involved with the PSA Group. This increased involvement resulted in KRONOS supporting cars in the French, JWRC (Junior World Rally Championship) and European Championships. In 2005, Dani Sordo won the Junior World Rally Championship in a KRONOS prepared C2, and Kris Meeke also drove for the team, winning Monte Carlo in a Kronos C2.
At the same time KRONOS also supported Manfred Stohl in WRC in a Citroen Xsara scoring two podium finishes.
It is, however, 2006 which really launched KRONOS onto the world stage when it entered three Citroen Xsara's in the World Rally Championship. This was the year Citroen did not run a factory team and instead Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena drove for KRONOS. With eight outright victories and four second places in twelve rallies, Kronos and Loeb took the World Championship.
Even Kris's mentor, the late Colin McRae has driven for KRONOS.
KRONOS fielded cars in the 2007 WRC but also started their IRC campaign which Peugeot Belgium Luxembourg by preparing and building the all-new Peugeot 207 S2000 for the Belgian team. The car driven by Bernd Casier and Frederic Miclotte, competed in five rounds to get ready for a full season in 2008.
2008 KRONOS won the IRC Driver's Championship with Nicolas Vouilloz in the Peugeot Belgium Luxembourg run Peugeot 207 S2000.
Therefore, with such a good pedigree it was an easy decision to choose KRONOS and the results we have achieved so far fully back up this decision. Four rallies and three straight wins!
Now we must keep this winning formula going and as KRONOS's main quest is for performance with reliability its justification is a single objective - Victory!
This objective we share!
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