With the top three crews separated by just 15 points the scene is set for tough battle to see who will head the title race as the Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship reaches its halfway point next weekend in Scotland.A win in round one at Pikes Peak and second at round two in Ebbw Vale means that it is GSR 206 Evo 9 driver Martin Cox who presently heads the leaderboard on 166 points. Only 5 points behind is Andrew West who is looking to build on the win he took at round two in his Milner R5. In third place is Britpart’s Paul Myers on 151 points.
Hoping for better luck at round three is Warrington’s Mike Moran. After clutch problems at round one Moran suffered a broken gearbox on his AT 4x4 Indy Challenger which put him out of round two.“The clutch issues at round one caused undetected damage to the gearbox which resulted in it stripping second gear within ten metres of leaving the start line of the first run of round two,” said Moran. “We have a brand new gearbox being shipped across from America which should arrive in time for round three.”
“With a fourth place and a retirement we are in a poor place on the leaderboard compared to previous years, we have nothing to lose so will be on the attack in Scotland as we need gold!”The Freelander Challenge category is led by Ben Gott who has taken his Race2Recovery car to two wins so far. Ian Linford, who is new to the Freelander Challenge this season, was setting good times in his Team Sheepie car at round two before exhaust problems forced him out of the event.
“I was pleased with the times we were setting at Ebbw Vale,” said Linford. “Unfortunately the exhaust developed some issues on the later runs of day one and it got steadily worse. With no spare we had to retire. We also damaged the rear bumper. Both the exhaust and bumper have been fixed and Team Sheepie is ready to rock in Scotland!”After two events in Wales, Forrest Estate in South West Scotland will be the setting for round three. The venue has been a fixture on the BCCC calendar for many years and it has a mix of fast gravel tracks and tough quarry sections which always test car and crew to the maximum. Forrest Estate is located near St John’s Town of Dalry, postcode DG7 3XS.
As usual the event will last two days with the action taking place from 10am to around 5pm on Saturday and 9am to around 2pm on Sunday. Limited spectator car parking is available at the picnic area which is situated at the end of the public road in to the venue. It is quite a walk to the course so be prepared – it is advisable to bring some insect repellent also as the beasties can be a bit vicious! Further spectator information is available on www.marches4x4.com.