Friday, 3 March 2017

Father and son team up for Yamaha BCCC challenge

Father and son team Ian and Dan Gibbons have been confirmed as the latest Yamaha entry to the Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship.

Ian and Dan previously raced a Polaris in the UK SxS Championship and have made the move to compete in the trophy series in the BCCC in a new build Yamaha YXZ1000R.

Ian commented: “We both loved the SxS Championship but were looking for some longer distance racing more akin to rallying than the short course racing that the SxS Championship has, it’s a different challenge and we are both looking forward to it.”

Dan added: “We shared the driving in the SxS Championship and we loved it, indeed we might be able to some more races in it in the new Yamaha, but this is different and we are both relishing the challenge that longer distance rallying type events offer.”

John Thorne, Yamaha YXZ Racing Team Principal agrees: “It will be a very different event for Ian and Dan, the BCCC is about getting to the end to some extent so sensible progress will be important, but the ability in the Trophy for Ian to drive one day and Dan to drive the next means father and son can compete against each other and co-drive for each other, that’s got to be great fun and of course it means they both get to compete in the Yamaha Driver of the Year competition."

Ian and Dan's entry marks the fifth Yamaha to enter the BCCC with announcements due from at least four more in the remaining weeks before round one, so there is plenty of news to come.

Thorne concludes; “We’ve still to hear from several more Yamaha drivers and there are going to be a few who will be competing in multiple championships so it's going to be a busy season, can't wait!”

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Duckworth to return to BCCC in Milner LRM-1

Ben Duckworth is aiming for podium finishes as he returns to the Britpart MSA BCCC this season. Duckworth will use the Milner LRM-1 which he used to take three wins in the 2015 championship. He also won the 2016 Borders Hill Rally in the car.

“I’m looking forward to a good season,” said Duckworth. “There’s some strong competition this year with some very fast drivers and cars entered.”

“We’ve made a couple of changes to the car and hopefully we’ll be able to compete somewhere near the top.”

Birchall aiming for BCCC title challenge in 2017

Justin Birchall will return to the Britpart MSA BCCC in 2017 with a modified car and a new co-driver as he targets a championship win.

Birchall will again use his Lofthouse Freelander which is powered by a BMW M3 engine. The engine has been rebuilt after suffering major damage at the final round of last season.

“We’ve had to rebuild the engine and we’ve also had new rear suspension fitted,” said Birchall. “Jonny Koonja, who drove in the BCCC last year and co-drove Dan Lofthouse to the title in 2013, will co-drive for me.”

“We’re aiming to build on the win I got at round one last season and keeping it tight and tidy, hopefully we’ll be a position to challenge for the title and have a good season.”

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017