The Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship.
Lofthouse takes the win
Lofthouse races to Radnor success
Dan Lofthouse got his Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship season off to the best possible start with a win at the opening round in Radnor forest. Martin Cox took second place with Toby Jefferson taking third.
Conditions on the opening runs of day one were very testing with rain and mist adding to the challenge of the course. Lofthouse took an early lead in his Lofthouse Freelander ahead of Tim Dilworth with Ryan Cooke, who was giving the Milner LRM-1 its BCCC debut, in third. Crews suffering problems early on included Mike Hannak who sheared the shafts on his ex-Bob Seaman Milner R5 and Steve Smith whose Clio lost drive.
The prospect of a battle between Lofthouse and Dilworth ended on run 5 when engine problems forced Dilworth’s Peugeot out of the event. By the end of the first day Lofthouse had built up a lead of almost two minutes over Cooke with Martin Cox in third.
Cooke’s hopes for a good result ended on the first run of day two when the car’s bonnet flew up and then sheared off as it was powering up one of the narrow offroad sections. With the cooling system reliant on the bonnet being fixed in place Cooke decided to retire.
Lofthouse continued to dominate the event, setting the fastest time on each run to win by over three minutes from Cox.
“We had no problems at all,” said Lofthouse. “It’s been a good weekend and the car has been perfect. I enjoyed the tussle with Tim on the first day but once he had retired we backed off a bit to preserve the car. It’s a great start to the championship for us.”
Cox equalled his best-ever BCCC result in second place.
“I couldn’t keep up with the young guys but the retirements have given us a good result,” commented Cox. “The car was pretty faultless, the power steering had some issues which meant it wasn’t operating as well as it should but other than that we had a troublefree weekend. I enjoyed the course and it’s been a good event.”
Toby Jefferson, who had former BCCC driver Gordon Monaghan in the navigator’s seat of his James Law Chemicals-supported GSR, took his best ever BCCC result in third.
Jefferson said: “Gordon gave me some good advice and it helped me push the car more. I’m pleased with the result, it’s a good start to the season. I was a bit worried on day one as we got two punctures early on and only had four spares for the weekend. Fortunately the rest of the event was puncture-free.”
Karl Gudgeon had a successful return to the BCCC with fourth place in his GSR Evo X with Mike Moran using the power of his new Jaguar engine to take fifth.
In the BCCC Trophy championship debutant Richard Keasey won in his Warrior Indy SSG after an event-long battle with the Bristol Street Motors-backed GSR Maxilight of Paul Harris. Alan Thomas rounded off the top three in the Trophy.
“I am delighted with the result and I loved the event,” said Keasey. “The last two runs were a struggle as we only had two wheel drive which made the uphill offroad sections difficult but we got to the finish. I can’t wait for the next round!”
Chris Ratter won the Freelander Challenge after overnight leader Nick Lines was forced out of the event.
In the Clubmans event 2011 and 2012 BCCC Champion Ian Rochelle, who is not contesting the full championship this year, led early on in his Millington Phoenix but he lost drive which put the Milner R5 of Andrew West into the lead, a lead which he held for the rest of the event.
The championship moves to Scotland for the next round with a challenging course being planned at the Forrest Estate venue near Dalry.
British Cross Country Championship, Round 2 Results
|1. Dan Lofthouse/Jonny Koonja (Lofthouse Freelander)||1:21:41|
|2. Martin Cox/Paul Carson (GSR 206)||+3m 23s;|
|3. Toby Jefferson/Gordon Monaghan (GSR 206)||+6m 51s;|
|4. Karl Gudgeon/Richard Canterbury (GSR Evo X)||+10m 57s;|
|5. Mike Moran/Tony Coid (AT 4x4 Challenger)||+11m 25s;|
|6. Phil Ibbotson/Will Jefferson (Metro 6R4 Evo)||+15m 47s;|
|7. Andy Powell/Richard Heath (Simmbugghini)||+16m 41s;|
|8. Paul Myers/ (Land Rover Special)||+21m 14s;|
|9. Andi Skelley/Laura Shepherd (Land Rover 3M 88)||+23m 38s;|
|10. Ian Bartlett/Aaron Burch (Bartletts 3M 206)||+25m 35s.|
Richard Keasey (Warrior Indy SSG)
Andrew West (Milner R5)
Freelander Challenge winner.
Chris Ratter (Freelander)
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Th 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.
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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" 2013 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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We hold an annual Championship Awards Dinner which is held in the Midlands and is attended by both competitors and the organising team.
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2013 BCCC Timetable.
20 - 21 April.
Round 1, Cancelled.
11 - 12 May.
Round 2, Radnor Forest.
8 - 9 June.
Round 3, Forrest Lodge.
27 - 28 July.
Round 4, Radnor Forest 2.
14 - 15 September.
Round 5, Ceri.
19 - 20 October.
Round 6, Walters Arena.