The Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship.
Debut win for Duckworth
Duckworth wins on BCCC debut.
Ben Duckworth won the opening round of the Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship after a weekend long battle with Mike Moran to kick off what looks like it will be a close season of competition in the offroad series, which has attracted additional support this year from new technical partner Ravenol.
Moran set the pace on early on day one, opening up a lead of 21 seconds after three runs of the tough Myherin course in his AT 4x4 Challenger. Duckworth was in second place on both his first BCCC event and his first event in his Milner LRM-1. The pair were evenly matched over the remainder of day one with Moran leading by 24 seconds going in to day two.
Third overnight was Ryan Cooke in another Milner LRM-1. Crews suffering problems on day one included Steve Smith who had an engine failure on his Clio and Paul Myers who had propshaft and trackrod end issues as well as an offroad excursion.
The lead was to change after the first run of day two, Duckworth completing the course 30 seconds faster than Moran. The pairing exchanged fastest times over the day and with one run to go Duckworth was 10 seconds up. In a tense finish Moran made up 8 seconds on the final run but victory went to Duckworth.
"I'm really pleased with the result," said Duckworth. "We had a few teething problems with the car before the event so, although we knew it was quick, we weren't sure how reliable it would be."
"It was a brilliant course, we kept it consistent in the quick bits and tried not to lose much time in the offroad sections."
2014 champion Moran was happy with second place on the first event for his newly lightened car.
"It was a perfect weekend really, we had no problems at all with the car, the course was great and there was tough competition. It's good to see some new competitors joining the BCCC."
Neil Davey finished third in his GSR 206 on his first BCCC event for several years with Cooke in fourth.
"I'm happy to get a good finish," commented Cooke. "We had a huge accident last time we were here so I was dreading coming back but we enjoyed the weekend. Fair play to the guys at the front, we gave it our all but they were quicker."
Rounding off the top five was Jason Sharpe in the Isuzu DMax, Sharpe also winning the production class.
Mark Jacques was sixth in his 3M Challenger with Richard Green in seventh. After electrical problems resulted in two maximums on the first two runs Andy Powell battled back to finish eighth in his Simmbugghini.Championship newcomer Dean Gibbs was classified ninth although he had to take maximums for his final runs after his Milner left the road near the start. John Thorne, another championship debutant, completed the top ten in his Arctic Cat Wildcat.
In the Freelander Challenge Ian Linford continued his 2014 form with another win. He faced tough competition from Andy Price who had been leading until a puncture and broken exhaust brought him to a halt on a steep uphill offroad section. Price was able to continue and finished second ahead of Craig Bounds. All female crew Louisa Felice and Jessica Reynolds finished fourth on their debut.
Gordon Monaghan won the Clubman category in his Monaghan RS.
Thanks to Gary Simpson (Songasport) for the report.
British Cross Country Championship, Round 1 Results
|1. Ben Duckworth/Matthew Cook (Milner LRM-1)||01:46:54|
|2. Mike Moran/Tony Coid (AT 4x4 Challenger)||01:46:56|
|3. Neil Davey/Tony Barley (GSR 206 Evo 8)||01:49:04|
|4. Ryan Cooke/Lee Channing (Milner LRM-1)||01:50:26|
|5. Jason Sharpe/Richard Lester (Isuzu DMax)||01:56:32|
|6. Mark Jacques/Simon Last (3M Challenger)||01:58:18|
|7. Richard Green/Richard Griffiths (Tomcat 100)||01:59:47|
|8. Andy Powell/Phil Ibbotson (Simmbugghini)||02:08:57|
|9. Dean Gibbs/(Milner R5)||02:11:23|
|10. John Thorne/(Arctic Cat Wildcat)||02:12:31|
Production Sunday Cup.
Those of who attended round one will have noticed a Discovery running on Sunday (no. 330).
This vehicle, which was about as standard as you can get, was the first in 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
The Britpart Freelander Challenge.
Britpart, the sponsors of the MSA British Cross Country Championship have launched the Britpart Freelander Challenge.
Comprising of 4 rounds, the Britpart Freelander Challenge will tackle any four rounds of the six published BCCC rounds.
In an effort to encourage newcomers to our sport the Freelanders will be standard production vehicles with only the addition of the safety features needed to comply with the requirements of the MSA.
These vehicles will be road legal, in fact they could be used for the family shopping on a Friday and rallying across the moors of Scotland on the Saturday.
The Britpart Freelander Challenge brings a level playing field to our sport. All cars will be identical, only the skill of the driver and navigator will make the difference needed to get in the points.
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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