2013 Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship
champion Dan Lofthouse rounded off a perfect season with another win in the
final round at Walters Arena.
On a very muddy and slippery opening run the top three BCCC
crews were separated by just three seconds with Toby Jefferson leading ahead of
Lofthouse and Martin Cox . Cox’s hopes of finishing runner-up in the
championship were ended on run two though when the engine failed in his GSR
Torrential rain made parts of the course treacherous but the
crews battled on with Jefferson, Tom Hipkiss and Lofthouse sharing fastest
times on Saturday’s five runs. Lofthouse ended day one just over two minutes
ahead of Hipkiss with Karl Gudgeon in third.
With both Hipkiss and Gudgeon suffering steering problems on
day two Lofthouse was able to extend his lead over the day’s six runs and he
finished with a lead of seven minutes.
“It was a tough event, very hard on both the car and the
crew,” said Lofthouse. “We started on worn tyres but after a big moment at the
jump on an early run we put new ones on which greatly improved the grip.”
“We had no issues with the car and no punctures, it’s a
great end to what has been a perfect season.”
Paul Garner put in some great times on Sunday to pip Hipkiss
for second on the final run. Garner’s co-driver Giles Tinkler said: “We’re
happy with the result, we battled on through the conditions and got to the
finish with no problems.”
Despite dropping to third Hipkiss was delighted with his
performance: “It’s my best-ever BCCC result, second would’ve been even better
but third is excellent. I enjoyed the course, it was very demanding and we had
a few issues with the steering over the weekend. We managed to fabricate a
temporary fix which allowed us to get to the finish.”
Another driver celebrating his best-ever BCCC result was
Phil Ibbotson who brought his Metro 6R4 home in fourth.
“It’s my 30th year of racing and this is my
highest BCCC finish,” said Ibbotson. “I don’t usually like the Walters course
but this one was enjoyable in a sadistic kind of way! The car ran like a dream”.
Rounding off the top five was Mike Moran who was another driver
having problems with his steering. Toby Jefferson ended up sixth after his good
start, his car requiring to be nursed to the finish after suffering a damaged
frame.Andy Powell was seventh, a good
achievement in a car whose windscreen wipers stopped working. Powell had to
operate the wipers manually with a piece of string which slowed him
considerably in the awful conditions.Paul Myers and Steve Smith were the remaining finishers, both
experiencing problems on day two.
Non-finishers included Ian Bartlett who rolled his car on
the final run of day one and Andi Skelley who had electrical problems on his
new Milner part way through day two. In the Trophy championship Paul Harris took the win in his
Bristol Street Motors-supported GSR Maxilight ahead of Alan Thomas which meant
he retained the BCCC Trophy title.
“I’m over the moon to win the title again, I didn’t think it’d
be possible to win it twice. It’s been a difficult weekend, the conditions
caused the car windows to steam up a lot which made visibility poor but we got
to the finish.”
Matthew Morgan won the Freelander Challenge category with
Nick Lines in second. In the Clubman class Jon Damrel was victorious in his
Land Rover Tornado. Chris Bird led the Clubman event after the first run with a
time that was quicker than the BCCC crews but his event ended with a broken
diff on run two.
The 2014 championship will start in April with details
expected to be announced at the Autosport show in January.
The final round of this year’s Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship takes place at Walters Arena in South Wales next weekend with several crews in with a chance of taking the runner’s up position behind title victor Dan Lofthouse.
Lofthouse has won all four rounds so far this year to take an unbeatable lead in the championship. Currently lying in second place is Toby Jefferson on 285 points despite a broken throttle cable on the last round dropping him down the leaderboard.
“The throttle cable problem was unfortunate but we were still able to finish”, said Jefferson. “The car has a little bit of body damage from the last round but it won’t affect the performance at Walters.”
“It’s all to play for going into the last round, we’re aiming to maintain second place but with our consistently good results we’re potentially going to have to drop more points than others when our best four scores are counted so we need to finish as high as we can and hope we’re far enough ahead of the other drivers. It’s going to be a great end to what has been an excellent season, good luck to all the crews and thanks to all the marshals and organisers.”
Just 9 points behind Jefferson is Britpart’s Paul Myers who has had a good season in his Land Rover Tornado. A further 12 points behind lies Mike Moran in his Jaguar-powered AT 4x4 Indy Challenger. Moran has had a consistent season and a repeat of the podium finish he achieved in 2012 is a definite possibility. The current fifth and sixth place drivers Andy Powell and Ian Bartlett are separated by just one point on 252 and 251 respectively.
Martin Cox presently lies in eighth place in his GSR 206 but after not finishing the Forrest Lodge round he can keep all the points he scores at Walters and could pass everyone to finish second.
Hoping for a better event than the last round is Andi Skelley. His newly-purchased Milner suffered problems with the clutch on the first run at Myherin forcing Skelley and navigator Laura Shepherd to retire.
“Myherin was hugely disappointing. After two years of running the old faithful Land Rover we decided to go for an upgrade but it let us down,” said Skelley. “The bellhousing is now being reworked so hopefully we will be on form for Walters. It’s one of my favourite tracks and we’re looking for a good run to prepare for next season. I’d like to say a big thank you to all concerned in running and helping the championship who make it possible for us to have our fun.”
In the Trophy championship Paul Harris leads the field on 322 points in his Bristol Street Motors-supported GSR Maxilight despite transfer problems on the last event. Mark Jacques is second on 295.
“The transfer box has been completely rebuilt since the last round, we’ve still to fit it in the car but it should be ready for Walters,” commented Harris. “Our target for the weekend is to get a good finish which will mean we retain the Trophy championship that we won last year.
“We’re then hoping to move up to the main championship next year if we can secure the funding. Thanks to all involved for the hard work in running the championship.”
The Freelander Challenge has a two-way battle for the title with Matthew Morgan just 12 points ahead of Chris Ratter going into the final round.
The action starts at 10am on Saturday with a full day of competition. Day two will start at 9am with the final run expected early in the afternoon. Spectator parking will be available near the service area and the venue will be arrowed from the A4109. Please visit www.marches4x4.com for more information.
Dan Lofthouse won his fourth Britpart MSA British Cross
Country Championship of the year and in
doing so claimed his first BCCC title.
Lofthouse was quickest on the first run of the weekend ahead
of Tom Hipkiss with Ryan Cooke in third. The opening run caused problems for
some crews with Andi Skelley retiring his new Milner R4 with clutch problems and
Tim Dilworth suffering a broken propshaft on his Peugeot.
The drama continued on run two with Cooke rolling his Milner
LRM-1 out of the event at high speed. At the top of the leaderboard Lofthouse
extended his lead throughout day one and with Hipkiss retiring on the fifth run
it was Mike Moran who was in second place overnight with Paul Garner in his GSR
V10 in third.
After a sunny day one conditions changed for the worse for
day two with torrential rain making the course treacherous. A few crews fell
foul of the conditions including Martin Cox who put his GSR Evo 9 well off the
road. After help from the event recovery crews Cox was able to continue to
Despite a vibration from the car Lofthouse had a troublefree
run through day two’s four runs to take a clear victory. Moran retired with
clutch problems which moved Garner up to second on the final leaderboard. Karl
Gudgeon took his GSR Evo X to third.
Lofthouse commented: “It’s been a great event and a
phenomenal course. We backed off on day two as there was a vibration which we
think was coming from the propshaft. With the championship at stake and a good
overnight lead there was no point in taking a risk and going flat out.
the moon to win the championship, it’s been a long time coming with three
runners up spots and a third in recent year. Thanks to Roland at ACR for the engine, Lofthouse Motor Services, Jonny and everyone else who has helped and supported us.”
Paul Myers finished fourth in the Britpart Land Rover
Tornado and Steve Smith completed the top five in his Clio.
Alan Thomas won the Trophy class in his Warrior ahead of
Mark Jacques. Championship leader Paul Harris had an event to forget with gearbox
problems on the recce lap and then electrical problems on the event itself. Harris
eventually retired on day two. Richard Keasey also retired after the rear of
his car caught fire.
Matt Morgan won the Freelander Challenge from Chris Ratter.
The Race2Recovery Freelander made a return to the championship in the hands of
Tony Harris who was classified third despite a day two excursion into the
Richard Green won the Clubman event in his new Tomcat with
Ben Gott in second.
Bamber Bridge’s Dan Lofthouse will start the Britpart MSA
British Cross Country Championship event at Myherin next weekend knowing that
another win will guarantee him the championship crown.
Lofthouse has won all three events this year and has 258
points, 38 points ahead of Toby Jefferson with Paul Myers in third on 207.
“The car has been serviced but we’ve made no changes to the
spec ahead of Myherin,” said Lofthouse. “We’ve been flat out in the workshop
completing a second Lofthouse Freelander for a customer so there has been no
time to work on our own car. It’d be good to wrap up the title at the weekend
to take the pressure off us for the final round.”
Currently in 7th place is Andi Skelley who has
purchased a Milner R4 since the last round and he will give the car its BCCC
debut at the weekend.
Skelley commented: "It will take some getting used to,
it's totally different from my previous car with a sequential box and
independent suspension, I'm looking forward to trying it out at Myherin."
Ryan Cooke has made modifications to his Milner LRM-1 in a
bid to resolve the problems he experienced at the last round in Radnor.
“We have had a full rethink on the fuel and exhaust system
to try to keep heat temperature down and increase fuel supply to the engine. Hopefully
that will stop the engine cutting out like it was doing at Radnor” said Cooke.
In the Trophy championship Paul Harris is in a good position
to retain his title as he is 38 points in front of second-placed Mark Jacques.
Alan Thomas is in third place.
The Freelander Challenge battle is closer with just 6 points
separating leader Matthew Morgan and Chris Ratter.
The event will start at 10am on Saturday with a full day of
competition. Day two will start at 9am with action until the early afternoon.
Spectator information is available on www.marches4x4.com.
The next round will take place in Myherin forest due to issues with the original venue in Ceri. Myherin is the same forest as the Pikes Peak event last year although access will be via "The Arch" which is at the southern end of the forest rather than the usual entrance off the A44.
Dan Lofthouse stormed to his third win of the year in the
Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship at Radnor forest last weekend.
Tim Dilworth was quickest on the first run, 22 seconds ahead
of Lofthouse who was suffering from brake problems. Lofthouse clawed back 9
seconds over the next two runs but the chance of an event-long battle ended
when Dilworth was forced out of the event with engine problems on run 4.
At the overnight halt Lofthouse led by over three minutes
from Toby Jefferson with Martin Cox in third.
The dry and dusty day one course became very slippery and
wet for day two after heavy overnight rain but Lofthouse continued to extend
his lead and by the finish he was 7 minutes up on the second place Cox.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the event,” said Lofthouse. “Other
than losing the brakes on the first run we had no problems at all and the
course was brilliant. That’s three out of three now, one more good result will
give us the championship.”
Cox moved up from his overnight third place to match his
best ever BCCC result with second place.
“After the problems we had on the last round I’m very happy
to get a good result. The car has had a lot of work done by Guy Smith and it
ran like clockwork. I enjoyed the course, it had a bit of everything with fast
sections and nice technical sections. Thanks to all the marshals and organisers
for an excellent weekend.”
With his James Law Chemicals-supported 206 having mechanical
issues on day two Jefferson backed off to nurse it to the finish and he was
rewarded with third place.
“It was disappointing to lose second but I didn’t want to
push the car and risk getting no points,” said Jefferson. “Thanks to the four
navigators I had over the two days and thanks to the event officials , it was a
Tom Hipkiss took fourth place in his ex-Alan Wilkinson
Milner R5 with Paul Myers rounding off the top five in his Land Rover Tornado.
Mike Moran and Tony Coid finished sixth in their AT 4x4 Indy
Challenger. In seventh place was birthday boy Andy Powell who was another driver with
multiple navigators, Karolina Kunigiskyte and Adrian Griffiths in the passenger
seat of the Simmbugghini.
Ian Bartlett was eighth and Phil Ibbotson in ninth. In tenth
place was Keith Wylde who was starting his first BCCC event of the year in his
MSL-prepared Milner. Wylde had rally co-driver Sally Ceen, who usually sits in
a Focus WRC, navigating and she enjoyed her BCCC experience: “It’s been a fun
weekend, it’s different to rallying but in a good way! “
In the Trophy event Paul Harris won for the second time this
season in his Bristol Street Motors-backed GSR Maxilight ahead of Adam Bridgeman.
Harris commented: “We had cooling issues on day one so we
had to take the rear bodywork off the car. Then the starter motor packed up.
Fortunately day two was troublefree and we managed to get a valuable win. The
course was the best of the season so far.”
Nick Lines won the Freelander Challenge ahead of Matthew
Morgan and Chris Ratter.
An eventful Clubman event saw Chris Bird leading on day one with
times that would’ve had him in second place in the BCCC but he did not contest
day two. Jon Damrel gave his new car it’s BCCC debut but fuel pump problems
curtailed his event early on. Radu Ciortan rolled his Pajero on day one while
Dave Harlow entered for one day in his ex-Ryan Cooke Land Rover. It was Richard
Green who eventually took the win on the first event for his new car,
overcoming a bent steering rod and clutch problems on day one.
The next round of the championship will take place on 14/15
The third round of the Britpart MSA BCCC takes place next weekend on a course in Radnor forest that has never been used for a BCCC event before. The route takes in both gravel forest tracks and technical offroad sections and it includes some roads that were used on the Baja GB and Y Rali Bryn Cymru events several years ago.
After winning the opening two rounds Dan Lofthouse leads the championship on 172 points in his Lofthouse Freelander ahead of Toby Jefferson on 145 with Paul Myers third on 138.
"We've made an excellent start to the year and reliability is the key now," said Lofthouse. "The car has had a full service since the last round so we're all set for Radnor. We need to keep the good points scores going to stay on track for the championship."
Jefferson has been busy working on his GSR since the last round. He commented: "Our car has had a fair bit of work since Forrest Estate, we've had to fit some new parts to the shock absorbers as well as new CV boot protectors. We'll be trying a new brand of tyre for Radnor too. The car has been in action between rounds, it was used to take my daughter (and navigator) Megan to her school prom!"
Currently lying in 7th place in the championship standings in Andi Skelley whose Land Rover 3M 88 has had extensive modifications in preparation for the weekend.
Skelley commented: "Finally the car is back on it's wheels, it's had a new front axle and steering box. The two front shock absorbers have been reshafted and various bushes have been renewed. We've also got a new diff guard and lots of new rivets in various panel as well as a repaired radiator. I think we are ready for Radnor!"
In the Trophy championship Paul Harris leads in his GSR Maxilight on 167 points just ahead of Alan Thomas on 155. Chris Ratter and Matt Morgan jointly lead the Freelander Challenge.
Spectator information is available on www.marches4x4.com, the action starts at 10am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.
Dan Lofthouse made it two wins out of two in the Britpart
MSA British Cross Country Championship when he won the event at Forrest Estate
in South West Scotland.
The organisers had laid on a very challenging course of
nearly nine miles in length and the unusually hot and dry conditions tested crews
even before the event started with some of them regretting the decision to walk
The first run of the day saw Lofthouse take a commanding
lead of 55 seconds in his Lofthouse Freelander with Mike Hannak’s Milner R5 in
second and Tom Hipkiss third. Hannak continued to be Lofthouse’s nearest
challenger until his car lost drive on the fourth run. Other crews joining
Hannak on the retirements list included Karl Gudgeon who had the oil cooler
pipe come off, Phil Ibbotson who bent a trackrod end on his 6R4 Evo and Ryan
Cooke who had a puncture which resulted in a flailing tyre, a broken hub and
suspension and damaged bodywork on his Milner LRM-1.
Lofthouse set the fastest time on all six of day one’s runs
to go into the overnight halt with a good lead over Britpart’s Paul Myers in
second and Paul Garner who moved up the leaderboard into third.
Lofthouse’s hopes for a troublefree run to victory on day
two were thwarted when the car developed a fuelling issue on the third run.
Frantic efforts were made in the service area to identify and then fix the problem.
With his final run time deadline approaching Lofthouse had to do back to back
laps and he started his last run with just four minutes to spare but he
completed the course successfully.
“The lads in service did a brilliant job to get the problem
sorted,” said Lofthouse. “A few more minutes and we’d have had to take a
maximum for the last run which would’ve cost us the win. It was a very
challenging course, a real test of car and crew and I’m very happy with the
Garner moved up to second in his GSR V10 with Myers rounding
off the top three. Mike Moran took his Jaguar-powered AT 4x4 Challenger to
fourth with father and daughter team Toby and Megan Jefferson in fifth.
“We had a good event in the end,” said Jefferson. “The
weekend started badly with a puncture on the trailer when we were driving to
the venue and then I wasn’t feeling too great when we walked the course. Megan
did a brilliant job in the navigator’s seat and I’m happy with fifth although I
struggled to get on with the course, it was very tough.”
Andy Powell was sixth in his Simmbugghini with Ian Bartlett
in seventh. Steve Smith overcame a seized diff on his Clio early on Saturday to
finish eighth and Tom Hipkiss battled back from a shedded tyre and crank sensor
problem to take ninth. Andi Skelley completed the top ten in his Land Rover 3M
In the Trophy class Richard Keasey and Paul Harris continued
where they left off at Radnor, both drivers setting fastest times on day one.
However, Keasey suffered a crank pulley problem which put him out of the event
leaving Harris to claim the victory.
“It’s great to get the win and, with the second we got at
Radnor, we’re in a good position in the Trophy championship,” said Harris. “It’s
been a tough event, the course was physically very difficult to drive. Other
than a couple of punctures we had no issues with the car and, once Richard had
retired, it was a case of surviving and getting to the finish.”
Alan Thomas finished second in the Trophy with Mark Jaques
completing the top three.
Andrew West won the Clubman event in a time which would’ve
placed him sixth in the BCCC. Matthew Morgan won the Freelander Challenge ahead
of Ian Letman.
1. Dan Lofthouse/Jonny Koonja (Lofthouse Freelander) 2:33:39 2. Paul Garner/Giles Tinkler (GSR V10) +9m 41s; 3. Paul Myers/Simon Kerfoot (Land Rover Tornado) +10m 58s; 4. Mike Moran/Tony Coid (AT 4x4 Challenger) +13m 32s; 5. Toby Jefferson/Megan Jefferson (GSR 206) +16m 45s; 6. Andy Powell/Richard Heath (Simmbugghini) +27m 23s; 7. Ian Bartlett/Aaron Burch (Bartletts 3M 206) +43m 07s 8. Steve Smith/John Griffiths (JRG Clio) +50m 18s; 9. Tom Hipkiss/Rich Hipkiss (Milner R5) +51m 08s; 10. Andi Skelley/Laura Shepherd (Land Rover 3M 88) +57m 38s.
BCCC Trophy winner: Paul Harris (GSR Maxilight) Freelander Challenger winner: Matthew Morgan (Freelander) Clubman winner: Andrew West (Milner R5)
Round 2 of the Britpart MSA British Cross Country
Championship takes place next weekend at the Forrest Lodge venue near St.John’s
Town of Dalry in South West Scotland.
After switching to the southern part of Forrest Lodge last
year this year’s course will return to the northern end of the site and will
use a similar route to the one used in 2009. The course will have a mix of Cat
1 gravel roads and offroad sections together with a quarry near the end.
Leading the championship after the first round is Dan
Lofthouse on 86 points. After early competition from Tim Dilworth ended with
engine problems on Dilworth’s car Lofthouse took a convincing win at Radnor.
Martin Cox finished second and has 81 points with Toby Jefferson in third on
75. Jefferson’s daughter Megan will be in the navigator’s seat for Forrest
Lodge, it will be her first BCCC event.
After problems with punctures at Radnor which cost him a lot
of time Ian Bartlett has swapped tyre brands for Forrest Lodge and he’s hoping
the stronger sidewalls of his new tyres will reduce the risk of punctures.
In the Trophy class Richard Keasey leads the championship
after winning a close battle with Paul Harris at round 1. Defending champion
Harris is keen to overturn that result next weekend in his Bristol Street
Motors-supported GSR Maxilight.
Fresh from representing Race2Recovery at the Jim Clark rally
last weekend Chris Ratter will be trying to repeat his round 1 win in the
Freelander Challenge. He has also been hard at work repairing the Freelander of
Ian Letman which rolled at Radnor.
The action on Saturday will kick off at 10am and, other than
any stoppages to recover broken cars, there will be racing until around 5pm.
Sunday’s competition will start at 9am with the event finishing early in the
afternoon. Limited spectator parking is available in the picnic area at the
entrance to the venue, please do not park on the verges on the access roads.
The venue will be arrowed from the A713.
Dan Lofthouse got his Britpart MSA British Cross Country
Championship season off to the best possible start with a win at the opening
round in Radnor forest. Martin Cox took second place with Toby Jefferson taking
Conditions on the opening runs of day one were very testing
with rain and mist adding to the challenge of the course. Lofthouse took an
early lead in his Lofthouse Freelander ahead of Tim Dilworth with Ryan Cooke,
who was giving the Milner LRM-1 its BCCC debut, in third. Crews suffering
problems early on included Mike Hannak who sheared the shafts on his ex-Bob
Seaman Milner R5 and Steve Smith whose Clio lost drive.
The prospect of a battle between Lofthouse and Dilworth ended
on run 5 when engine problems forced Dilworth’s Peugeot out of the event. By
the end of the first day Lofthouse had built up a lead of almost two minutes
over Cooke with Martin Cox in third. Cooke’s hopes for a good result ended on the first run of
day two when the car’s bonnet flew up and then sheared off as it was powering
up one of the narrow offroad sections. With the cooling system reliant on the
bonnet being fixed in place Cooke decided to retire.
Lofthouse continued to dominate the event, setting the
fastest time on each run to win by over three minutes from Cox.
“We had no problems at all,” said Lofthouse. “It’s been a
good weekend and the car has been perfect. I enjoyed the tussle with Tim on the
first day but once he had retired we backed off a bit to preserve the car. It’s
a great start to the championship for us.”
Cox equalled his best-ever BCCC result in second place.
“I couldn’t keep up with the young guys but the retirements
have given us a good result,” commented Cox. “The car was pretty faultless, the
power steering had some issues which meant it wasn’t operating as well as it
should but other than that we had a troublefree weekend. I enjoyed the course
and it’s been a good event.”
Toby Jefferson, who had former BCCC driver Gordon Monaghan
in the navigator’s seat of his James Law Chemicals-supported GSR, took his best
ever BCCC result in third. Jefferson said: “Gordon gave me some good advice and it
helped me push the car more. I’m pleased with the result, it’s a good start to
the season. I was a bit worried on day one as we got two punctures early on and
only had four spares for the weekend. Fortunately the rest of the event was
Karl Gudgeon had a successful return to the BCCC with fourth
place in his GSR Evo X with Mike Moran using the power of his new Jaguar engine
to take fifth. In the BCCC Trophy championship debutant Richard Keasey won in
his Warrior Indy SSG after an event-long battle with the Bristol Street
Motors-backed GSR Maxilight of Paul Harris. Alan Thomas rounded off the top
three in the Trophy.
“I am delighted with the result and I loved the event,” said
Keasey. “The last two runs were a struggle as we only had two wheel drive which
made the uphill offroad sections difficult but we got to the finish. I can’t
wait for the next round!”
Chris Ratter won the Freelander Challenge after overnight
leader Nick Lines was forced out of the event.
In the Clubmans event 2011 and 2012 BCCC Champion Ian
Rochelle, who is not contesting the full championship this year, led early on
in his Millington Phoenix but he lost drive which put the Milner R5 of Andrew
West into the lead, a lead which he held for the rest of the event.
The championship moves to Scotland for the next round with a
challenging course being planned at the Forrest Estate venue near Dalry.
1. Dan Lofthouse/Jonny Koonja (Lofthouse Freelander) 1:21:41
2. Martin Cox/Paul Carson (GSR 206) +3m 23s; 3. Toby Jefferson/Gordon Monaghan (GSR 206) +6m 51s; 4. Karl Gudgeon/Richard Canterbury (GSR Evo X)+10m 57s; 5. Mike Moran/Tony Coid (AT 4x4 Challenger) +11m 25s; 6. Phil Ibbotson/Will Jefferson (Metro 6R4 Evo) +15m 47s; 7. Andy Powell/Richard Heath (Simmbugghini) +16m 41s; 8. Paul Myers/ (Land Rover Special) +21m 14s; 9. Andi Skelley/Laura Shepherd (Land Rover 3M 88) +23m 38s; 10. Ian Bartlett/Aaron Burch (Bartletts 3M 206) +25m 35s.
BCCC Trophy winner: Richard Keasey (Warrior Indy SSG)
Freelander Challenger winner: Chris Ratter (Freelander)
The Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship season
will commence next weekend in Radnor forest and the series has attracted a
high-quality entry list for the first of the five rounds. Heading the cars away will be Warrington’s Mike Moran in his
AT 4x4. Moran finished third in the championship last year and, with his car
now powered by a V8 Jaguar engine, he is looking for another good result this
Martin Cox is seeded at car 2 in his ex-Richard Kershaw GSR 206 ahead of Richard
Wynne-Williams in his AT 4x4 206. Paul Myers from championship sponsors
Britpart returns in his Land Rover Special at car 4 with Andy Powell, who
enjoyed a good debut BCCC season last year, starting at car 5 in his
Further down the entry list Ryan Cooke will give the Milner
LRM-1 its BCCC debut at car 7. Cooke tested the car at an event at Manby last
weekend and, although there were a few teething problems, the Evoque-shaped car
showed impressive pace. Cooke is planning to do further work on the car ahead
Dan Lofthouse will return to the championship in 2013 in his
Lofthouse Freelander which has had a lot of work done over the winter.
Lofthouse was another driver who used the Manby event as a shakedown for Radnor
and it proved to be a successful weekend as he took a dominant victory.
“The car has been rebuilt and we’ve made quite a few
changes,” said Lofthouse. “Most of our efforts were concentrated on the engine
and suspension. The Manby event went very well, the car feels really together
now so hopefully we can get a good result at Radnor.”
2010 BCCC champion Tim Dilworth will do the full
championship this year after contesting selected events as a Clubman entry last
year. His Subaru-powered Peugeot 206 is one of the cars expected to be near the
top of the leaderboard.
Another driver stepping up to the full championship is Mike
Hannak. Hannak won the Clubman event at Radnor last year in a time that would
have won him the event overall had he been entered in the championship so he
should be one of the crews battling for the title this year in his Milner R5. Paul Bramley, making his debut in the BCCC, will navigate for Hannak.
Toby Jefferson is aiming for a good result in his GSR after
a strong 4th place at Manby last weekend while Keith Wylde will use
his new Milner in the BCCC for the first time accompanied by stage rally co-driver
Sarah Ceen who is more used to competing in a Focus WRC.
2011 and 2012 champion Ian Rochelle has opted not to do the
championship this year so there will be a new name on the trophy in 2013 and,
with some of the top cross country drivers and cars in the UK on the entry
list, the battle for the BCCC crown is shaping up to be very competitive.
In the BCCC Trophy 2012 champion Paul Harris heads the field
in his GSR Maxilight.
“I’m looking forward to the championship kicking off at
Radnor,” said Harris. “I’m aiming to defend the title so hopefully the car will
be as reliable as last season. The engine ECU has been chipped to give some
extra performance but other than that the car is the same spec as last year.”
Harris will be followed by Alan Thomas in his Warrior with
Mark Jacques in his Land Rover Special rounding off the top three Trophy crews.
At the time of writing entrants for the Freelander Challenge
were still to be confirmed although it is expected that Nick Lines will return
to defend the title he won last year and the Race2Recovery team were hoping to
have their Freelander ready also.
The first car will start at 10am on Saturday with runs
taking place until late afternoon. The cars will restart on Sunday at 9am with
the event finishing early in the afternoon.
Spectators are welcome, please park at the side of the approach
road to the service area but do not block the track as it used as an emergency
access route. The venue will be arrowed from the A488 near Monaughty. A map
showing the route in is available at www.marches4x4.com.
There is no charge to spectate.
A Bristol Street Motor’s workshop technician has swapped his wrench for a racing helmet as he prepares to defend his Britpart MSA British Cross Country (BCCC) Trophy title.
Bristol Street Motors Ford Worcester is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring the technician and reigning champion, PaulHarris, for the 2013 championship. The dealership has sponsored Paul for the upcoming BCCC season, after he funded last season’s achievement himself.
In only his first competitive season, Paul exceeded expectations by taking the title in October 2012 after finishing the season with a total of 424 points, winning four out of the six rounds.
There will be a total of five race events this season, starting on May 11th at Radnor forest in Wales. The season finishes with the final race meet in October at Walters Arena near Glyn Neath. All rounds will be featured on Motors TV.
Tony Trueman, General Manager of Bristol Street Motors Ford Worcester, said: “All of us at the dealership are excited for Paul in the upcoming season, especially since he exceeded everyone’s expectations by winning the championship last season."
“Paul is an exemplary colleague, who always goes the extra mile for our customers, so it is great that we can help him out in this way. Bristol Street Motors is proud to support Paul for the upcoming season and grass root sports in general.”
Paul has had a passion for mechanics ever since he left school and in his spare time he has managed to build two off-road vehicles which are both used for racing, with his first being a Tomcat, which is raced in Holland and the second, a GSR Maxilight which is used for the championships and is featured on Paul’s own website.
Paul said: “I am very grateful to the dealership here at Worcester and Bristol Street Motors in general for supporting me with the kind sponsorship. I’ve always loved cars, ever since I was small, so motor mechanics is a life-long passion which was a fantastic career choice for me."
“As well as the sponsorship, I’ve had a great deal of support from my colleagues at Bristol Street Motors. It’s a great company to work for, and I think this sponsorship just shows how much everyone here values and supports their colleagues. The money will really help my cause and I’m hoping that I can successfully defend my title in what promises to be a very exciting season.”
The GSR Maxilight was bought by Paul as a bare frame two years ago and has been transformed into the championship winning off-road car of 2012.
Paul has his own seven tonne transporter which he uses to transport the car to and from events.
Mr Trueman added: “We are proud to sponsor Paul in something that is a great passion of his and something that he has worked so hard on after building his off-road car from scratch. Hopefully Paul will have another fantastic season and everyone here at the Worcester dealership is supporting him all the way.”
Below is the full racing schedule for the upcoming BCC Trophy season: May 11/12 .Radnor June 8/9 Forrest Lodge July 27/28 Radnor September 14/15 Ceri October 19/20 Walters Arena
The message below was emailed to all those who have registered for the 2013 championship earlier today. All registered crews were contacted by Lilian and they have agreed to a five round championship.
"It is with regret that the Marches 4x4 Directors Selwyn Kendrick & Philip Turley have had to come to this decision, due to a lack of sufficient entries to run a 6 Round Championship, 2013 will now be a 5 Round Championship with best 4 scores to count.
We wish to thank all the Competitors who have registered and thank you for your support of pledging the £1500.00 entry fee for 5 rounds instead of 6, we are aware Lilian has spoken to you all personally re this matter and she is going to do her best to get sufficient funds to try and get you all a refund of upto £250.00.
Selwyn Kendrick & Philip Turley Directors Marches 4x4 MSM Ltd"
Off-road racing driver Paul Myers is aiming for victory in
the new for 2013 Britpart Diesel Cross Country Championship (DCCC).
The new championship was devised after the success last year
of Mike “Bumpy” Moran who thrilled the crowds with the speed of his BMW
diesel-powered AT Indy Challenger. Interest in the DCCC is expected to be high
after the organisers unveiled an extensive prize package including an
all-expenses paid exotic holiday in Gloucestershire and a lifetime supply of
Myers has sourced a powerful MAN Marine diesel engine which
has recently been on the dyno and is now being installed in his Land Rover
ready for the opening round of the DCCC at Pikes Peak later this month.
“The new championship looks really good and we’ll be pushing
hard for the win,” said Myers. “The engine is producing 1400hp at the moment
but we should have some upgrades by the time we get to Forrest Lodge in June
which should give us 1800hp.”
“Diesel is definitely the way to go and I am very surprised
to hear that Bumpy has switched a petrol-powered Jag engine for this season. ”
Our reporter tried contacting Moran to discuss his defection
but the butler at his chateau in Warrington said he was unavailable for
The DCCC starts on April 20/21 and will consist of six rounds in some of the top off-roading locations in the UK.
Regs for the 2013 Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship, Trophy Championship and Britpart Freelander Challenge are now available.
The entry fee is £1,500 for the BCCC and BCCC Trophy which can be paid in three installments, £900 initially and two post-dated cheques of £300 for 1st June and 1st September. The Freelander Challenge entry fee is £250 per event contested.
There has been a slight change to the calendar as the Ceri venue is now not available in May and so it has swapped dates with the Penllyn round.
With over two months still to go until the opening round of
the 2013 Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship interest in Britain’s
premier off-road racing series has been high with several crews planning a
After missing the 2012 championship Dan
Lofthouse will return this year in his Jaguar-powered Lofthouse Freelander. His
car has had a rebuild over the winter and it is expected that he’ll be one of
the drivers in with a shout of the championship title.
Ryan Cooke will be competing again but after many years
driving a Land Rover Special he will be out in the new CRC Motorsport Milner
LRM-1 for 2013. The car, which was unveiled at the Autosport show in January,
is powered by a supercharged Jaguar engine which should see Cooke challenging
Another driver turning to Jaguar power for 2013 is
Warrington’s Mike Moran. Moran has used a BMW diesel engine for the last few years
in his AT 4x4 Indy Challenger but he has switched to a 4.2 Jaguar V8 petrol
unit which should help him continue the good results he obtained in 2012.
Karl Gudgeon is planning to contest the full season in his
GSR Evo X while Adrian Eason-Bassett will combine the doing the BCCC in his
Range Rover with some events in Iceland. Eason-Bassett has undertaken extensive
work on the car since it was last out including fitting a new BMW engine. After
finishing 9th in 2012 Richard Green will again be competing in his Bowler
Tomcat while Stephen Smith will continue in the Renault Clio that he debuted
Whitworth driver Phil Ibbotson finished 8th last
year and he’ll be out again in his popular Metro 6R4 Evo while Martin Cox
is aiming to better 2012’s fourth place in his ex-Richard Kershaw GSR 206 Evo
Andy Powell enjoyed a successful first season in his Simmbugghini in 2012 and he will be back for more in 2013 as will Andi Skelley who has fitted new seats in his 3M Land Rover to make landing from his many "big air" moments more comfortable. Ian Bartlett will return to the championship with an extensively modified Bartletts 3M 206, the car having had new suspension and improved cooling as well as a new paint job since it was last out.
In the Trophy championship Paul Harris will be competing again in
his GSR Maxilight and he will be looking to defend the title he won in 2012. Adam
Bridgman will also be contesting the Trophy in his Dudley Bug which will have
diesel power for the new season. The Land Rover Special of Mark Jacques will also be out in the Trophy class again.
New Zealander Nick Lines will be defending the Freelander
Challenge title and he will face competition from Chris Ratter who will also be
contesting the Challenge after recently driving in the Dakar Rally with the
The championship kicks off on the weekend of 20/21 April at
the popular Pikes Peak venue in mid-Wales. For more information please visit www.marches4x4.com.
The dates and venues for the 2013 Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship have been announced. The season will kick off at Pikes Peak in April before heading to a new venue, Penllyn forest, for round 2.
The championship returns to Forrest Lodge in South West Scotland for round 3 which will be followed by the popular Radnor venue for round 4.
Another new venue, Ceri forest in Mid-Wales, will be used for round 5 before the season finishes in South Wales in October at Walters Arena.
2013 Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship calendar
R1 April 20/21 Pikes Peak
R2 May 11/12 Penllyn
R3 June 08/09 Forrest
R4 July 27/28 Radnor
R5 Sept 14/15 Ceri
R6 Oct 19/20