BCCC Round 4 Ceri Forest, Nr Newtown, Mid Wales. 23 / 24 July.
Another win for Martin Gould.
*Seconds in it as Gould wins at Ceri*
Martin Gould emerged victorious after an event-long battle with Justin Birchall at round four of the Britpart MSA British Cross County Championship which was held at Ceri forest in Wales.
It was Birchall who led early on in his Lofthouse Freelander, his car benefiting from extra power after extensive work on the engine. Gould took the lead on run three and at the end of day one he was two seconds in front.
In third place overnight was Ryan Cooke who, along with his team, had got his Milner LRM-1 back to full health after his problems at the last round.
Crews not faring so well on the opening day included Richard Coleby who snapped a belt on his Polaris and Richard Green who rolled his Tomcat out of the event.
The competition between Gould and Birchall was just as intense on day two and, going into the final run there was only six seconds in it. A slight mistake at a hairpin on the last run lost some time for Birchall and Gould took the win by 13 seconds.
"It's been a really good race," said Gould. "I was on edge all weekend, wanting to keep the pace up but not wanting to push too hard and go off the road. Justin and myself were split by seconds all weekend so it was a great battle, I just managed to pip him at the end."
Birchall commented: "It was very close and a great weekend's competition. I'm impressed with the new engine, it's given us some extra pace. The course was fantastic, a good mix of fast stuff and more technical sections. The rain on day two made the course very slippery and we had a few moments,we also blew a pipe on the power steering pump but we made it to the finish."
Cooke maintained his third position with Andy Powell overcoming a couple of punctures to take fourth. In fifth place was Mike Moran who was debuting his Lofthouse Evo. Electrical problems and a high-speed spin hampered his day one runs but the car went well on day two as Moran got used to the extra power of the Evo 9 engine.
In the BCC Trophy Nick Pritchard took his first win of the season in his Goka buggy following the retirement of day one leader Steve Anning. Phill Bayliss consolidated his championship lead with second and the Tomcat of Ben Clay was third.
Graham White won the Freelander Challenge, his second win of the season. Alex Howard was second and Brian Chase was third.
The Clubman class saw a good entry with former BCCC champion Ian Rochelle driving his Rivet on the opening day and fellow-former BCCC drivers Phil Ibbotson and Gordon Monaghan also entered. It was Justin Brookes who led the Clubman in his Polaris at the end of day one but he didn't run on the second day. Ibbotson who took the win in his Metro 6R4 Evo with Sian Rogers in second. In third was Dutch driver Maurice Ubachs who enjoyed his first BCCC event in his Toyota Hilux.
The next round of the BCCC takes place at Bovington in Dorset on September 10/11.
Britpart British Cross Country Championship round 4 Top 10 Places
|1. Martin Gould/Simon Kerfoot (Buxton 4x4 Rivet)||01:09:57|
|2. Justin Birchall/Louise Birchall (Lofthouse Freelander)||01:10:10|
|3. Ryan Cooke/Darren Cooke (Milner LRM-1)||01:17:13|
|4. Andy Powell/Evalda Bob Kazla (Simmbugghini)||01:20:10|
|5. Mike Moran/Tony Coid (Lofthouse Evo)||01:20:30|
|6. Jonny Koonja/Matt Lowe (Simmbugghini)||01:20:32|
|7. Steve Smith/John Griffiths (JRG Clio V8)||01:22:00|
|8. Paul Myers/Martin Myers (Land Rover Tornado)||01:22:38|
|9. Neil Davey/Tony Barley (Yamaha YXZ 1000R)||01:23:41|
|10. Mark Jacques/Simon Last (Lofthouse Freelander)||01:23:50|
Britpart Production Sunday Cup.
This is a new potential series that we will be running in an attempt to create a feeder to the main Championship as well as trying to offer something to other potential competitors.
The Series, as its name suggests, will only allow Production vehicles and, obviously, will only run on the Sunday of a round.
Only four rounds will count and, unusually, the rounds that will count have to be stated before starting a competitors first event.
This is to help new competitors learn to keep a vehicle going rather than 'going for broke' without thinking of the consequences.
The Championship is aimed at both new competitors as well a existing competitors in Hill Rallies who would like to compete on the smoother road of the British Championship as well as running on events that are part of the British Championship.
There are also, probably, people out there who only want, or only able, to compete on Sundays. Where you existing competitors come in is that you may have contacts with people who may be interested in running in this new Series.
For those of you with businesses there may even be a potential to prepare vehicles for the Series.
The Regulations are, loosely, based on the Freelander Regs with a few modifications to allow any production vehicle and limit a few of the modifications allowed in that Championship.
If you would like more information, then please call John Devenport on 07968 124332 or 02476 327052 who has been working with Selwyn and the MSA to put this together.
The regulations can be downloaded from here
About the BCCC Championship.
Previously known as the BORC, the Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship comprises of six rounds, each round will be run over two days.
Single venues from fast gravel tracks, fields, forests and the wild exposed landscape of England, Scotland and Wales.
Each round will bring the needs for different driver skills, a single stage of between 5 and 10 miles which will be run a number of times over the weekend, typically between 12 and 15.
The championship is open to National A's and B's. As in previous years we are using control tyres from the MSA "Blue Book" list, ref; (L) list 5(a) All- Terrain Tyres. Cars do not need to be road legal.
We will also accept entries from Clubmans, they may enter just for the weekend. This is an ideal way to test the water or to just enjoy a great weekends sport for a small outlay. You will experiance a great atmosphere and enjoy the camaraderie between competitors.
The usual Marches circus will be in attendance and will provide toilets, all day and evening catering together with camping, all of which is usually available from the Friday.
For further details please contact me. For information regarding tyres or other matters relating to vehicles then please contact Vic Palmer our Championship Eligibility Scrutineer on 07850776247
Marches 4x4 take great pride in being in the forefront of environmental awareness and our competitive routes are carefully chosen to minimise the impact on the terrain and wildlife.
We take the same care with our rescue and recovery crews and feel we have chosen the best available.
Our marshals are the backbone of all our events and their long hours and dedication in all weathers ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend for everyone.
In addition to attending MSA training days they also attend Marches training weekends where the different demands and skills needed for Cross Country events can be addressed.
Marches 4x4 is a profesional and dedicated team of enthusiasts striving to provide the best cross country motorsport for the benefit of everyone.
Marches 4x4 .... Who Are We ?
Marches 4x4 Motorsport Management Ltd was set up and founded in 2000 by four dedicated off-road enthusiasts through which to promote and run the MSA British Off Road Championship rounds and to promote motor sport both on and off road.
2001 was the year that Foot & Mouth raged through the Countryside there were no MSA British Off Road Championship rounds that year and so Marches 4x4 held several single venue Festivals around the Country instead.
In 2002 the team organised the MSA British Off Road Championship which consists of 5 rounds, and are as far apart as South Wales and Scotland.
Each round is held over two days and is a single venue event with up to 14 runs.
We hold an annual Championship Awards Dinner which is held in the Midlands and is attended by both competitors and the organising team.
Most of the Marches Team are involved with several other events, and have ran a stage on a number of stage rallies in addition to providing radio control, safety radio crews, course cars, course closing cars, stage commanders, Clerks of the course, event safety officers, setting up stages and marshalling.
Marches 4x4 Motorsport Management Ltd is a non-profit making organisation and we are grateful for the time and assistance from all our team members and volunteers who give freely to promote and develop the sport.
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2016 BCCC Timetable.
9 - 10 April.
Round 1, Pikes Peak, Myherin
7 - 8 May.
Round 2, Bovington North
4 - 5 June.
Round 3, Forrest Estate, Scotland
23 - 24 July.
Round 4, Ceri
10 - 11 September.
Round 5, Bovington South
5 - 6 November.
Round 6, Walters Arena