The Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship.
The 2015 season Championship Awards Dinner
Friday 15th January 2016 at the Windmill Village Hotel
The Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship Dinner and Awards evening will be held at our usual venue. This is also the weekend of the Autosports show at the NEC, so is a great way of attending both events.
The evening is open to all Competitors, Organisers and Marshals and of course their guests.
For overnight accommodation please make your own arrangements with the hotel, we have secured special rates, so please mention Marches 4x4 when making your booking.
More details regarding the venue can be found by clicking the on the Windmill Village logo above.
The form to book your place at the dinner together with the menu can be downloaded here
*Walters win for Duckworth*.
Ben Duckworth took his third Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship win of the season at the final round of the season at Walters Arena in South Wales. Andy Powell finished second to wrap up the runner's up spot in the championship, which has technical support from Ravenol.
Heavy rain made the already slippery course treacherous as the crews made their first runs. An early victim was Richard Green who rolled his Bowler and, after suffering neck pains, decided not to continue. Duckworth set the pace from the first run in his Milner LRM-1 and he built up a lead of over three minutes at the end of the day. Ryan Cooke was second in his Milner with Powell third.
Day two got off to a bad start for Duckworth as he suffered a puncture on the first run but he continued to head the leaderboard until the end of the event.
"I'm very pleased with the result," said Duckworth. "It was a very wet and extremely slippery course on day one and it was difficult to push hard. We had a couple of moments and struggled with the radiator getting bunged up with mud. As the course dried our times improved and, despite a puncture on the first run of day two, we managed to take the win."
With Cooke retiring after clutch problems Powell took second place despite a weekend that had gone anything but smoothly, with a broken propshaft and flat battery amongst his many issues. Powell commented: "It was a tough event and a very testing course but those are the courses I like. The weekend wasn't without incident but we overcame the problems. Thanks to Phil Ibbotson for navigating and to all the organisers and marshals, it's been a great season all in all."
Mark Jacques finished third in his 3M Challenger after tying with Britpart's Paul Myers. Neil Davey was fifth in his GSR 206 after driving all of day two with no power steering. Steve Smith was sixth despite an ailing engine in his Clio and Jason Sharpe was the final BCCC finisher in the Isuzu D-Max.
Steve Anning took his Peugeot 206 M3 to victory in the BCC Trophy ahead of the Insanity Racing Tornado of Jon Damrel. Nick Pritchard was third in his Goka Buggy despite several issues including having to change the clutch on day one. The result was good enough for Pritchard to take the trophy championship.
In the Freelander Challenge the Race2Recovery team of Grant White and Yanto Evans headed the leaderboard ahead of Alastair Moore-Myers and Ian Linford. Linford wrapped up his second Freelander Challenge title in his Team Sheepie machine.
Justin Birchall won the Clubman class in his Lofthouse Freelander in a time that would've placed him first overall had he been registered for the championship. Birchall's win came despite a trip to hospital after suffering a back injury early on day two.
Planning is already well underway for the 2016 championships with round 1 scheduled for 9th/10th April.
Thanks to Gary Simpson (Songasport) for the report.
British Cross Country Championship, Round 6 Results
|1. Ben Duckworth/Mathew Cook (Milner LRM-1)||02:05:46|
|2. Andy Powell/Phil Ibbotson (Simmbugghini)||02:14:26|
|3. Mark Jacques/Simon Last (3M Challenger )||02:17:03|
|4. Paul Myers/Martin Myers (Land Rover Tornado)||02:17:03|
|5. Neil Davey/Tony Barley (GSR 206 Evo 8)||02:17:57|
|6. Steve Smith/John Griffiths (JRG Indy Clio V8)||02:19:20|
|7. Jason Shape/Richard Lester (Isuzu D-Max)||02:20:49|
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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2015 BCCC Timetable.
11 - 12 April.
Round 1, Pikes Peak
9 - 10 May.
Round 2, Radnor
6 - 7 June.
Round 3, Forrest Estate
25 - 26 July.
Round 4, Hafren
12 - 13 September.
Round 5, Bovington
24 - 25 October.
Round 6, Walters Arena