Round three of the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship heads north to Croft Circuit next Sunday (6th May) with a host of local drivers looking for glory on home ground.
Following the opening round at Silverstone in March and round two at Lydden Hill over Easter, multiple British Rallycross champion from Kent, Julian Godfrey (Mitsubishi Mirage), leads Welsh-based Manxman and former British Rally champion, Mark Higgins (Peugeot 208) by just three points. But the pair can expect stiff competition from local hero Kevin Procter from nearby Leeming in his Procter’s Luxury Coaches-backed Ford Fiesta who always goes well at Croft and so too Barnard Castle’s ‘Mad Mark’ in his Mend-A-Hose sponsored Citroen Xsara WRC.
Both drivers are regular winners around the North Yorkshire track and are hoping to see off a strong Supercar challenge which also includes Ollie O’Donovan (Ford Fiesta), Andy Scott (Peugeot 208), Steve Hill (Mitsubishi Lancer) and Steve Mundy (Ford Fiesta), all of whom are race winners too meaning the action is going to be intense.
In the MSA Supernational class, there are four local drivers expected to do well including last year’s runner-up Paige Bellerby (Vauxhall VX220), Guy Corner (Peugeot 206) and Darren Grimston (Vauxhall Nova) – all from Northallerton – and York’s Gary Simpson (BMW E30). But they’ll have to fend off the Renault Clios of Tristan Ovenden (Canterbury) and Kirk Twyman (Nottingham) as well as Polish driver Slawomir Woloch (Ford Fiesta) and Basingstoke’s John Cross (Seat Leon T) if they are to claim spoils in front of their home fans.
Richmond brothers Tom and Luke Constantine, as well as cousin James from Dalton-on-Tees will be aiming for more glory in the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship, as will Leeming teenager Matilda Procter and Northallerton’s Ben Sayer (all Suzuki Swifts) whilst in the Swift Sport Championship, Cleasby driver Rob Shield faces a dozen strong contingent in order to continue his quest for glory after missing the previous round.
Eight out of the 12 drivers entered in the BMW Mini Championship are local to Croft with Stockton’s Martin and Andrew Hawkes going up against Harrogate brothers Kris and Keifer Hudson whilst the girls also get to battle it out in the shape of Northallerton’s Drew Bellerby and Frankie Helliwell from Boroughbridge. But the dark horses could well be multiple Mini champion David Bell from Ferryhill and Darlington racing driver David Cox who always go well at Croft.
But perhaps the most poignant entry is that of Stokesley’s Jason Bowes who drives the Retro Rallycross-specification VW Golf Mk1 built and raced by his teenage brother Jordan, who was tragically killed in a road accident last year.
Practice gets underway at 9.30am on Sunday followed by two sets of qualifying heats prior to the lunch break. Thereafter, the third qualifying heats take place before the various semi-finals and finals to round off a bumper day of bank holiday action. Adult admission is just £14.00 in advance or £18.00 on the day with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted FREE on both days. There is also FREE car parking and FREE paddock access.
Picture attached (courtesy of Andy Ellis Photography): Local ace Kevin Procter is aiming for victory in round three of the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship at Croft on Sunday 6th May.
2018 Race Meeting Calendar
6 May Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship Meeting
26/27 May 750 Motor Club Car Meeting
23/24 June Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
14/15 July No Limits Motorcycle Meeting
29 July Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship Meeting
4/5 August Croft Nostalgia Festival (HSCC)
26/26 August D&DMC Battle of Britain Meeting
8/9 Sept BRSCC Car Meeting (featuring TCR UK)
22/23 Sept BARC Car Meeting
27 Oct BTRDA Rallycross Meeting
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