BCCC round 4 - Ceri, Mid Wales. 23 / 24 July 2016.
For the 4th round of the Britpart British Cross Country Championship we are making the journey back to Mid Wales and a forestry near Newtown.
The Kerry Ridgeway is a long distance footpath, part of which runs through Ceri Forest.
The Kerry Ridgeway's origins are lost in the mists of time but it is older than the Iron Age and Dark Ages earthworks which cut its line.
The ridgeway has a long tradition as a trade and drovers route from Wales to the lowland English markets.
Last used regularly by cattle and sheep drovers some 150 years ago, the ancient highway forges a track through airy heather moors, cool woodlands and breezy bilberry-rich heaths.
Ceri has been used for stage rally's, however the course we will be using will be slightly different!
A compact 5 or 6 miles, it will be mainly up (or down) with only a couple of level straights. This course will be a delight to those that enjoy the "technical" stuff.
The service and rally HQ is within two adjoining quarries, plenty of room if everyone parks sensibly.
The best route to the venue is from the A49 at Craven Arms join the B4368 or from the A488 join the B4368 at Clun. Follow the road until you reach Anchor then leave the B4368 and head north to the venue.
You are advised to use this route as most other options involve steep drops and climbs along roads designed for horse and cart.
A map showing the access route can be found here please scroll down, there are two maps on this page.
Camping is provided free of charge. You may turn up Friday PM and the site must be cleared by Sunday evening.
Please make sure that you clear your camping area from all litter, mud and tyres we would like to use the site in following years.
The camping area will have a number of toilets.
The weekend will start with scruitineering which will take place prior to the first car at 10.00am on Saturday. We expect between 6 and 8 runs before the final run late Saturday afternoon.
The Sunday runs will start at 9.00am. We should see, possibly, 6 runs on Sunday before prizegiving at 3.00pm
As with all rounds of the BCCC we welcome entries from clubmen who may join us just for the day or weekend, if you are uncertain about your eligibility, then please check with our Championship Scrutineer , who's details are in the left hand column of this page before arriving.
How to enter.
Entries are welcome from anyone who wants to enter the Clubman event which costs £170.00 for a day or £335.00 for the full weekend.
This is great value for around 100 miles of competition.
To enter the BCCC for the season and enjoy some of the best venues is only £2000.00, most rounds will deliver about 80 - 100 miles of competition, over night camping and the chance to meet up with other competitors.
Please call Championship Secretary Lilian Turley on 01594 810161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to enter the event, or would just like more information.
National A, National B, and Clubmans Welcome.
Alongside the British Cross Country Championship we have a Trophy Class, a Clubmans Class and the Freelander Challenge.
Different classes but same course and the same number of runs.
The Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship is a competitive safari comprising of a series of 6 events, each held over two days.
To enter the Championship you will need a National A licence (or above). The Championship is divided up into a number of classes, so if you miss out on the podium positions, there are always class wins to go for.
You will not need a navigator, but can carry a passenger provided they hold a club licence and have signed on with the entries secretary. You may change your passenger thoughout the day if you wish, however the driver must not change.
Your vehicles must pass scrutineering, so please contact our elgibility scrutineer (on the left of this page) if you have any queries.
Drivers must contest a minimum of 5 rounds, the Championship points are calculated from the best 5 of the 6 rounds.
We use control tyres from the list in the MSA "Blue Book", ref; (L) list 5(a) All- Terrain
The Britpart British Cross Country Trophy. This is open to National B competitors, to qualify you must never have entered a competitive safari at National A or above
The Trophy class runs the same route as the Championship and has the same regulatory requirments.
The Clubmans Class. All competitors must hold an MSA Clubmans or higher grade suitable competition licence valid for this event.
As with the Trophy class the competitors will run the same route and number of runs as the Championship and be subject to the same regulatory requirments.
You may enter just for one day, or, both days of an event. So why not come along to test the water and check out your times against some of the countries best drivers.
The Freelander Challenge. The Freelander Challenge has seperate regulations which may be downloaded from the RHS of this page.
All Freelanders, all the same, only the skills of the driver gets you in the points.
These are production vehicles with just the safety components fitted to comply with the MSA Regulations, so you drive to Tesco's on Friday and Saturday sees you deep in Radnor Forest.
Remember. With all of the above you do not need a navigator, you may carry a passenger, as long as they are a club member and have signed on with our entries secretary. So take your sponsor out, or your mechanic or even the wife. You may also change your passenger during the event.
Venues for 2016.
We have some excellent venues for 2016, these will range from the rocky tracks and quarries in Scotland, to the tortuous cross country sections of the MOD tank training area in Dorset.
Round 1, April 9 - 10
Pikes Peak.High up at the top of a hill in a wind farm, this venue offers some steep climbs and drops and is a tough start to the season.
Round 2, May 7 - 8
This round takes us to the South Coast and the MOD training ground on the North side of the site. This is a rough and tough course more used to tanks.
This site, in common with most MOD sites is not open to spectators.
Round 3, June 4 - 5
For this round we cross the border into Scotland, Forrest Estate is just North of New Galloway in Dumfries and Galloway.
The venue is a very large private, wooded estate. The course is rough in many places and has numerious quarries which have to be navigated.
The venue is used by the Scottish Hillrally Club for the Borders Hillrally and is a favorite for many.
Round 4, July 23 - 24
Back from Scotland we travel to mid Wales and Ceri, more details in due course.
Round 5 September, 10 - 11
This round takes us back to the South Coast and the MOD training ground this time on the South side of the site.This is a rough and tough course more used to tanks.
This site, in common with most MOD sites is not open to spectators.
Round 6, November 5 - 6
Our final round for the 2014 season takes us to Walters Arena in South Wales. This is an all weather venue with a good mixture of fast, rough and some technical bits.
Our Support Teams.
Rescue and Recovery.
No event can run without a highly organised team of skilled people to ensure the safety and smooth running of the event.
We take the choice of our Rescue and Recovery teams, very seriously and believe we have the very best available.
Those we have chosen for the 2016 season have been with us for many years and have the skills and vehicles to get to any incident fast and deal with the incident in a highly professional manner.
Graham Hundley our Paramedic, he is supported by Charley Webber and his crew with Cam Rescue.
This year we will be using Difflock 8 Recovery on our events, again, Mark has been with us for many years and has a reputation for extracting casually parked competitors with the minimum of fuss and damage.
All our rescue and recovery crews are equiped with radios which enables them to be in contact with our radio controller and Rally HQ.
Our media reports and photographs.
Gary Simpson, Songasport.
This year Gary will be repeating the excellent work he did last year in promoting the BCCC.
After a weekend spent on the course he returns home to produce the media reports and pictures for his website, the Marches website, Motoring news and Total Offroad. All e-mailed out on the Sunday evening, or, as in some cases, the early hours of Monday morning.
You can contact Gary by visiting his website, click on his logo
A few words of introduction.
Cross Country Motorsport is the correct way to describe our activities. This phrase has been adopted by our governing body in an effort to differentiate between ourselves and other off road activities.
For many who have not attended our events the erroneous vision is one of winches, chains and landrovers up to their sills, or worse, in mud.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Our top competitors drive vehicles which are in the same price and performance class of WRC cars. They achieve similar speeds and are equally spectacular to watch.
Imagine a forest stage rally with sections where the competitor leaves the gravel track and cuts through a fire break or cuts across the moor to another track and you can understand the appeal that many have for this type of sport.
As in forest stage rallies it is easy to join in without obtaining an overdraft.
Just click on the You Tube logo on the right of this page to see some of our video's.
Our Environmental Responsibility
We are committed to protecting our environment, and have introduced control tyres for the BCCC.
Working with the close co-operation of the Forestry Commission and other landowners we identify routes which will have minimal impact on wildlife and infrastructure.
Our teams will prepare the course prior to an event and clean up afterwards, it is only by engaging in this form of partnership that our sport can continue and that the interests of all groups that use the countryside can be met and satisfied.
CRC Offroad Motorsport
Landranger Deeside 4x4
Paul Harris Offroad Racing
Steve Smith Racing
Richie Wyn Racing.
Polaris Factory Racing.
Clerk of Course.
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Deputy Clerk of Course
Deputy Clerk of Course &
Secretary of Meeting.
& Entries Secretary
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2016 BCCC Timetable.
9 - 10 April.
Round 1, Pikes Peak, Myherin
7 - 8 May.
Round 2, Bovington North
4 - 5 June.
Round 3, Forrest Estate, Scotland
23 - 24 July.
Round 4, Ceri
10 - 11 September.
Round 5, Bovington South
5 - 6 November.
Round 6, Walters Arena