2009 could be the year that sees again a British rally driver standing on the top step of a major International Rally “Championship”. Since the untimely loss of Colin McCrae and Richard Burns, we have been without a British champion to cheer and support on the world stage.

However, this I am sure is about to change with Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle joining us at Peugeot UK to contest this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge, IRC for short.

We have already got off to a great start. At the Brazilian rally in March, we achieved the fastest times on 9 out of 13 stages and won the rally by 26.2 seconds. Also our first rally in Monte Carlo, before an unfortunate accident saw Kris and Paul crash out on the final day, we demonstrated we had the necessary speed and car to win.

Rallying is so deeply ingrained in the DNA of all Peugeot cars and within our brand it was an obvious choice for us to return to rallying, to demonstrate the dynamic nature of the Brand and the inherent strengths of the Peugeot 207. The concept of the S2000 car and the culture of the IRC series has provided us with the ideal platform to showcase our team and, car. With the ever increasing number of manufacturers joining the IRC, it is going to be a fascinating 2009.

As you read this first entry on the site we are in the Acores for the next round of the IRC. Another gravel rally which should suit Kris and Paul and coming off the back of their win in Brazil we are all very hopeful of bringing back another trophy to the UK.

Over the next seven months myself, Ian Sedgwick responsible for the Peugeot UK IRC programme, Kris and Paul will through this link, give you an insight into our 2009 IRC journey and enable you to learn more and exchange views with us, in what is going to be a fascinating 2009 for British Rallying and Peugeot UK.