The Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship.
*Duckworth wins battle of the Milners*.
Ben Duckworth took his second Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship win of the season in his Milner LRM-1 after a weekend-long battle with the similar car of Ryan Cooke at round 5 of the series, which has technical support from Ravenol.
Mike Moran was quickest on the first run but by run three Cooke had taken the lead.
At end of the 10 runs of day one Cooke held a 19 second lead over Duckworth with Moran in third.
Cooke's lead was lost on the opening run of day two as he hit a rock which punctured the car's floor. The Milner duo swapped fastest times throughout the day but it was Duckworth who claimed the win.
"It was a great fight with Ryan, the two of us were very close all event," said Duckworth. "I'm very happy with first place, the team have been working hard to develop the car and they were even tweaking it at the event with some suspension changes to help it ride the bumps better so thanks to them for all their efforts."
Cooke was very satisfied with second place after a season of mixed fortunes. "I'm really pleased with the result although it's obviously disappointing not to win but all credit to Ben, he turned the screw on day two to get ahead of us."
"It was a tough course on the car but we finished so I think we've turned the corner with the reliability. I'll keep trying and pushing hard and we'll see if we can get a win at the next round. Thanks to all my team and sponsors, without them I'd not be here racing."
With Cooke in second it was Moran who brought his AT 4x4 Indy Challenger home in third, a result which was good enough for him to retain his BCCC title.
Moran commented: "It's been a great weekend. Congratulations to Ben and Ryan, their pace was incredible and they must've been taking some big risks to set the times they were doing! With the championship up for grabs we played it safe to make sure we got the car to the end."
"The course was hard on both car and crew, we had a few issues over the weekend including two broken alternators. Third place means we cannot be caught in the title race now, it's good to have wrapped it up with one event to go. Thanks to Lofthouse Motorsport for preparing the car."
Paul Myers finished fourth in his Land Rover Tornado ahead of Steve Smith's JRG Clio and Mark Jacques' 3M Challenger.
In 7th was Neil Davey who had fuel tank problems on day one while John Thorne returned to the championship with 8th in his Arctic Cat Wildcat.
Jason Sharpe was 9th in the Isuzu D-Max and Paul Harris rounded off the top 10 despite a run one maximum when the electrical cut off switch snapped while trying to reset the car after it went into limp mode.
In the BCC Trophy Nick Pritchard won in his Goka Buggy ahead of Steve Anning. Jon Damrel was third in the Insanity Racing Tornado.
Ian Linford drove to another win in the Freelander Challenge with Andy Price in second and the Race2Recovery car of Grant White in third.
Ian Bartlett took his Bowler Tomcat to victory in the Clubman class.
Thanks to Gary Simpson (Songasport) for the report.
British Cross Country Championship, Round 5 Results
|1. Ben Duckworth/Matt Cook (Milner LRM-1)||02:24:03|
|2. Ryan Cooke/Chris Cooke (Milner LRM-1)||02:24:58|
|3. Mike Moran/Tony Coid (AT 4x4 Challenger)||02:31:01|
|4. Paul Myers/Martin Myers (Land Rover Tornado)||02:35:19|
|5. Steve Smith/John Griffiths (JRG Indy Clio V8)||02:36:43|
|6. Mark Jacques/Simon Last (3M Challenger)||02:37:29|
|7. Neil Davey/Tony Barley (GSR 206 Evo 8)||02:44:49|
|8. John Thorne/ (Arctic Cat Wildcat)||02:48:04|
|9. Jason Sharpe/Richard Lester (Isuzu D-Max)||02:58:29|
|10. Paul Harris/Karina James (GSR Maxilight)||03:14:17|
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