Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Kershaw makes it two in a row at Epynt

Richard Kershaw made it two wins out of two events in the Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship when he took victory at the latest round at Halfway forest on Epynt.

The lead changed several times during the opening day’s eight runs with Kershaw, Justin Birchall and Ian Rochelle battling to be at the top of the BCCC leaderboard. Birchall’s challenge for the win ended with a maximum time on run four after damaging the car on a rock while Rochelle’s day ended badly when his Millington Phoenix stalled at a tight hairpin and would not restart for over three minutes. Dan Evans held second place on the overnight leaderboard after a string of quick times in his Milner.

Evans was the pace setter initially on day two, rapidly eating into Kershaw’s lead but a broken fanbelt lost him time to deny him the chance of a win. It was not to be an easy run to victory for Kershaw though, his car being stuck in rear wheel drive for the last two runs, but he got though to win.

“It’s been a tough weekend but a lot of fun,” said Kershaw. “We had a couple of punctures and the problem with the transmission so I’m pleased to have taken the win.”

Rochelle put his day one troubles behind him to set several quickest times on day two, finishing in second place.

“It’s been a great weekend and I’m happy with second place after the time we lost on the first day,” commented Rochelle. “It was a fantastic course with a bit of everything to test the crews.”

Taking third place was Ryan Cooke in his Land Rover Defender.

“We had a few issues with punctures and a broken drive flange but it’s been a good event and the course reminded me of the hill rallies I used to do, great fun to drive.”

Rounding off the top five were Paul Myers in the Britpart Land Rover 100 and Mike Moran in his AT 4x4 Challenger.

Paul Harris won the Trophy class in his GSR Maxilight while Chris Ratter was victorious in the Freelander Challenge.

In the Clubman category two drivers set a scorching pace with Chris Bird eventually winning and Mark Hones in second. Their times would have seen them finish one and two in the overall standings had they been entered in the BCCC.

Top 5 BCCC results:

1 Richard Kershaw/Andy Lees (Milner R5)
2 Ian Rochelle/Chris Hammond (Millington Phoenix)
3 Ryan Cooke/Chris Cooke (Land Rover Defender)
4 Paul Myers/Martin Gould (Land Rover 100)
5 Mike Moran/Nigel Jenkins (AT 4x4 Challenger)

Trophy winner: Paul Harris  (GSR Maxilight)
Clubman winner: Chris Bird (Milner)
Freelander Challenge winner: Chris Ratter (Land Rover Freelander)