Julian Godfrey, the 2011 British Rallycross Champion, took the points lead in the Monster Energy MSA British Rallycross Championship by winning the third round of the series at Knockhill on Saturday (May 12). The event was run through the afternoon and into the evening at the Scottish racetrack, and was dominated by Godfrey, who made his intentions clear being fastest from the outset.
Having claimed the bonus point for setting the fastest lap in practice, Godfrey was unbeaten in the qualifying heats, winning all three races and setting fastest time of the day to earn a further bonus point. With the final coming to the grid at 8pm, there was a new challenge for drivers, the setting sun creating visibility problems. “The sun was shining straight into the starting lights and I couldn’t see them from pole position,” said Godfrey who quickly worked out an alternative start strategy. “I watched for Steve Hill [starting from second on the grid] to move and then dropped the clutch. I couldn’t quite beat him to the first corner but had second place there and decided that if Steve didn’t take the Joker Lap, I would, and then try to catch him in the race.”
After surviving a brush with the trackside banking on the second lap, where dust and the low sun again made visibility difficult, Godfrey ran third after taking the Joker Lap, but passed round one winner Ollie O’Donovan to take second place and start reeling-in Hill. Read the rest of this entry »
The British Rallycross Championship will make its annual appearance in Scotland on May 12, when Knockhill racing circuit hosts a day-into-evening event. Racing starts at 1pm and continues through to 8pm.
For Supercar racers in the Monster Energy MSA British Rallycross Championship, the Knockhill event is the third points scoring round of the year. The series is currently led by Ollie O’Donovan. The British champion in 2007, O’Donovan returned to the series this year and was immediately successful, winning round one, and scoring points during the European championship event at Easter that provided round two of the British Championship.
Last year’s British Championship event at Knockhill was the penultimate and decisive round of the series. Julian Godfrey claimed his first outright victory, and with it put his name to the title. After two events, Godfrey is placed fourth in the 2012 series, a spin in the final of round one costing him places and valuable points. Third among the BRC racers in round two, Godfrey returns to the scene of last year’s breakthrough win knowing that he needs to score heavily in order to prevent O’Donovan from extending his advantage. Read the rest of this entry »
Three-times British Rallycross Champion, Pat Doran, has just day days to find a car to drive in the opening round of the Monster Energy MSA British Rallycross Championship. Pat’s problem is due to delays with his new Citroën DS3 Supercar, meaning it will not be ready to race at Lydden Hill on March 24.
Father of Rallycross Superstar Liam Doran, Pat Doran won British titles in ‘05, ’09 and ’10 and is now in the position of trying to borrow a car from his son in order to be on the grid at Lydden. Speaking about borrowing Liam’s car, Pat said: Read the rest of this entry »
It has been announced that Motors TV will broadcast live the British round of the 2012 FIA European Rallycross Championship. BritishRallycross.com reports that Motors TV will air up to four hours of action over the event weekend (8/9 April).
Organisers of the event, Lydden Hill Motorsport Club (LHMC), have worked to arrange these broadcasts in a bid to raise the profile of Britain’s biggest Rallycross event. Drinks company Monster Energy has also come on-board as the title sponsor of the meeting, now known as The Monster Energy International Rallycross Festival. Read the rest of this entry »
The best of British drivers will have to contend with a notable foreign challenge when the MSA British Rallycross Grand Prix takes place at Croft Circuit this coming weekend, over 70 drivers will converge on the North Yorkshire circuit for the two-day meeting.
Motorsport legend Per Eklund from Sweden will be behind the wheel of the ex Will Gollop Peugeot 306, and will line up against Finnish driver Silvo Viitanen (ERC Fiesta Mk7 SuperCar). The two Scandinavians will take on the likes of European Championship contender Liam Doran (Citroen C4) and 2011 British Champion Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta) as part of a healthy 16-strong SuperCar line up.
Former GP winner Pat Doran will be in action in his Ford Focus, as will Ulsterman Derrick Jobb at the wheel of the Ford Escort in which John Haffey won the 2002 Grand Prix at Croft and with British Championship regulars Steve Hill (Mitsubishi Lancer X), Scotsman Andy Scott (Ford Focus), Steve Mundy (Ford Focus), Colin Anson (Ford Ka) and Simon Horton’s Subaru, it’s anyone’s race. Read the rest of this entry »
As well as entertaining the crowds by performing his stunt routine at the event, Swift, who stars in many television adverts and at shows worldwide, will also be in action on track when he contests the Swift Rallycross Cup where he’ll take on local stars such as double Suzuki Swift Champion Dave Bellerby and leading front-runner Jonny Bean. Both Northallerton drivers have been at the cutting edge all year and with 23 cars set to contest the Suzuki Swift classes, the action is sure to be frantic. Read the rest of this entry »
Entries are pouring in for the prestigious event, with most of the country’s leading drivers set to take on their foreign counterparts at the two-day meeting, which also sees the final round of the Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship.
Amongst the confirmed entries so far are European Championship contender and X-Games gold medallist Liam Doran in his Monster Energy Citroen C4 ERC, newly crowned MSA British Champion Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta Mk6 ERC) and the unique Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X of former National Rally Champion Steve Hill. Read the rest of this entry »
The country’s biggest Rallycross meeting for many years takes place later this year, and the Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire has been chosen to host the prestigious British Rallycross Grand Prix on Sunday 6th November.
The event will mark a return of Rallycross to the region after a two year absence, and will feature some of the very best drivers from Europe taking on their British and Irish counterparts around the fast and spectacular half gravel, half tarmac Croft track, which has undergone extensive work since it was last used.
In addition to the Grand Prix on the Sunday, Saturday will see the final round of the Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship which will see all the titles decided, and with a very strong local contingent in with a shout, expect the partisan crowd to be vocal in their support as a taster for the following day’s action. Read the rest of this entry »