The Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship.
*Moran masters the conditions in Hafren*.
Mike Moran took his third win of the season at round four of the Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship, which was held in Hafren forest.
It was Moran who set the pace early on, building up a lead of 35 seconds in his AT 4x4 Indy Challenger over Ryan Cooke. Two of Moran's main rivals were already out of contention with Neil Davey suffering a broken wishbone on his GSR and Ben Duckworth putting his Milner off the road.
Moran continued his good form throughout the nine runs of day one to build up a lead of almost three minutes with Cooke's efforts hampered by broken power steering and brake issues. Andy Powell lay in third in his Simmbugghini.
After sunshine and a drying course on day one the crews were greeted with heavy rain for day two's eight runs. With the course getting increasingly slippery several drivers were caught out including Jason Sharpe who rolled his Isuzu into retirement. Moran had a couple of moments but kept it all together to take the win.
"I'd seen the weather forecast so I pushed very hard on day one when it was dry to try and build up a good lead," said Moran. "The rain on day two made the course very difficult, it was like driving on ice in some places and we had a couple of big moments but fortunately the car stayed on the track."
"It's been a great weekend and the result has put us in a very strong position in the championship, I'm looking forward to the next round at Bovington now."
Despite a last run puncture Cooke held on to second place.
"It was nice to have a good race for a change, we've had our fair share of problems this year. It was a very good course, very challenging. We had a few issues with the car and a puncture on the last run which almost cost us second place but we managed to hold on to the result."
Powell continued his good run of BCCC results with third. He commented: "I'm very happy with third although it's a bit disappointing to be only 7 seconds off second at the end. It was a fantastic course and the conditions were very challenging. Other than throwing a belt on one run we didn't have any issues with the car."
Steve Smith was fouth in his Clio with Paul Harris having a good run in his GSR Maxilight to take fifth.
Nick Pritchard won the Trophy class in his Goka Buggy ahead of Steve Anning with Sian Rogers in third. The Insanity Racing Tornado of Jon Damrel made its first appearance of the season but retired at the end of day one with wheel bearing problems.
The Clubman class saw the return to the BCCC of Martin and Colin Gould, Toby Jefferson and Justin Birchall. Birchall was debuting his Lofthouse Freelander and he set some times that would've been quickest overall had he been entered in the championship. Problems with the fuel pressure regulator meant he could finish no higher than third Clubman. In second place was former BCCC champion Colin Gould, who survived a near roll in his new Polaris. It was Jefferson who took the Clubman win in his GSR.
In the Freelander Challenger Ian Linford took another win with Andy Price finishing second in his newly rebuilt car. Louisa Felice finished third Freelander.
The next round of the BCCC, which has technical support from Ravenol, takes place on September 12/13 at the Bovington tank training course in Dorset.
Thanks to Gary Simpson (Songasport) for the report.
British Cross Country Championship, Round 4 Results
|1. Mike Moran/Tony Coid (AT 4x4 Challenger)||01:51:56|
|2. Ryan Cooke/Chris Cooke (Milner LRM-1)||01:55:37|
|3. Andy Powell/Phil Ibbotson (Simmbugghini)||01:55:44|
|4. Steve Smith/John Griffiths (JRG Indy Clio V8)||01:59:14|
|5. Paul Harris/Karina James (GSR Maxilight)||02:01:22|
|6. Mark Jacques/Simon Last (3M Challenger)||02:01:24|
|7. Richard Green/Richard Griffiths (Tomcat 100)||02:07:25|
|8. Ben Duckworth/Kevin Bates (Milner LRM-1)||02:08:15|
|9. Neil Davey/Tony Barley (GSR 206 Evo 8)||02:15:51|
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
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