There will be a feast of action for race fans at Croft this weekend (November 5-6) where final round of the Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship has been paired with the MSA British Rallycross Grand Prix.
The British championship has already been decided with Julian Godfrey (Heathfield) putting his name to the title after winning round six at Knockhill in September. The win was Godfrey’s first in the Supercar category to which he graduated this year after winning the Supernational championship in 2010. Despite having the title in the bag Godfrey is determined to end his season on a high, “I’ve been very consistent this year and that’s really what won the championship, but securing the title with an event win was the best thing. Now I want to win again at Croft to prove the point!” said Grodfrey who will have his work cut out at Croft where there are already 17 entries in the headlining Supercar class.
Behind Godfrey four drivers remain in the battle for second and third places in the championship, David Binks (Newcastle upon Tyne), Andy Scott (Dumfries), Steve Hill (Aylesbury) and Pat Doran (Winkleigh) all in with a chance of a podium place and a prestigious MSA trophy. Local star Kevin Procter (Northallerton) won the second round of the championship back in May but has not not driven regularly enough to feature in the points. Nonetheless he aims to round out his season with a strong showing on his local track and, together with Liam Doran (Sittingbourne) is another driver who can challenge for the event victory.
The Supernational championship for two-wheel drive cars has also been decided before the final round, James Bird (Midhurst) the champion. Again, the competition for places is ongoing, Ash Simpson (York), Michael Boak (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Patrick Ryan (Dublin) in the running for second and third places.
As usual the Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship is accompanied by a full supporting programme among which the Swift Sport Championship will include a home appearance for champion-elect Dave Bellerby (Northallerton) and the Rallycross debut of Darlington-based stunt and precision driving expert Paul Swift. The Junior Rallycross Championship also has a new name, 17-year-old kart racer Dominic Wheatley (Hartlepool) set to make his Rallycross debut in the event.
Grand Prix returns as season closer
The second half of the programme at Croft comprises the return of the MSA British Rallycross Grand Prix, the first time the event has been run since 2004. The Grand Prix will again feature a full day of racing with supporting classes. The focus of the event, however, will be on the Supercar and Supernational classes, the competitors in which are all aiming to make it through to the ten-car Grand Prix final on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to the British and Irish drivers who will also race in the British championship event, the Grand Prix has attracted an entry from rally and Rallycross legend Per Eklund. The Swede will guest drive a peugeot 306 Supercar in the event and is looking forward to driving the car that is owned by Andy Scott. “I’ve raced against that car several times and it was always good so I’m interested to drive it,” said Eklund who has concentrated on running his team this and has only driven in three events so far this year, “We focused on giving [Finnish racer] Toomas Heikkinen the best car we could this year so I didn’t drive much and I’m excited to have the chance to go to Croft and race.” Also lending international flavour to the event, Finnish driver Silvo Viitanen will bring his Fiesta VII Supercar for its first appearance in Britain, and Belgian veteran Jos Sterkens who will drive his Volvo C30 (also previously unseen in Britain) in the Supernational section.
First run in 1982, the British Rallycross Grand Prix was run at Brands Hatch and became the traditional season closing event until 1994. Run only four times since then and moving to Croft for its 2002 and 2004 versions, the Grand Prix is being revived this year with the intention that it should regain its former glories and again become a major end-of-season fixture.
MSA Quaife British Rallycross Championship & MSA British Rallycross Grand Prix, Croft Circuit, near Darlington
Saturday-Sunday November 5-6, on track from 0900 Saturday, from 1000 Sunday.
Admission Saturday £8, Sunday £15, weekend £18
Sat Nav: DL2 2PL
2011 Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship
March 26-27 Lydden Hill
May 7 Blyton Night Race
June 12 Mondello Park (Irish Republic)
July 10 Maasmechelen (Belgium)
August 28-29 Lydden Hill
September 18 Knockhill
! October 16 Mallory Park – CANCELLED
November 5-6 Croft
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