What is the BCCC?

Introduction:

The BCCC is the British Cross Country Championship. Despite the name it is not about people running around muddy fields wearing athletics gear, it is actually the UK's premier off-road racing championship and is officially sanctioned by the MSA.

BCCC events are comp safaris. So what are those? Well, they are events where off-road vehicles, modified for competition use, are timed around a set course. For BCCC rounds competitors typically do 10-14 runs of a 6-8 mile course. The courses used in the BCCC are usually based on forestry land and generally consist of gravel forest roads interspersed with technical off-road sections. None of the BCCC events use public roads.

Each event lasts two days and there will be a defined number of runs to do each day. Unlike rallying the crews do not have to do each run at a set time - each crew will have a time by which they must have started their last run of the day. This means that if your car breaks you can spend a few hours fixing it and stay in the competition as long as you get your runs in by the final time.

Cars:

The cars used in the BCCC range from pretty much standard vehicles through to highly-modified "prototypes". As the BCCC events do not use public roads it is not necessary for the cars to be road legal, although they must comply with the MSA blue book/championship regulations which ensure, for example, that all safety requirements are satisfied.

There are several classes in the BCCC based on the car type, specification and engine size. Details of the classes are published in the championship regulations which are available from www.marches4x4.com.

Championship and crew requirements:

To compete in the full BCCC requires the driver to have a National A MSA competition licence. As well as the full BCCC there is also the BCC Trophy championship for drivers who have a National B licence. There is a separate "Freelander Challenge", running on the same events as the BCCC, for Land Rover Freelanders.

For the BCCC and BCC Trophy crews enter for the season (six two-day events). For crews who want to do "one-off" events rather than a championship each BCCC round has a Clubman event where it is possible to enter for either a single day's competition or the full weekend. Freelander Challenge crews register for their championship and pay for the events they do.

It is not a requirement for drivers to have anyone in the passenger seat but most actually do. Pacenotes are not allowed although a map of the course is provided to crews. If you do have a passenger it is not necessary for them to have a competition licence although they must still "sign-on" with the event organisers.

Questions?

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