Sunday, 4 September 2016

Title race wide-open as BCCC set for penultimate round


With just two rounds to go the race for the Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship is wide-open with several crews still in with a chance of taking the title as the series returns to Bovington in Dorset for round five.

Richard Wynne-Williams heads the championship after four rounds on 280 points with Andy Powell enjoying another good season in second place, five points behind. Mark Jacques is in third in his Lofthouse Freelander and he has used the break in BCCC action to compete in an event at Sweet Lamb.

After a disappointing start to the season Martin Gould has won the last three rounds and he lies in fourth place currently with 259 points, just ahead of John Thorne who has taken his Yamaha YXZ1000R to fifth. Round 1 winner Justin Birchall is in sixth on 236.

Phill Bayliss continues to lead the BCC Trophy with three wins from four events. Jon Damrel is in second place in his Insanity Racing Tornado and Ben Clay is third. Nick Pritchard, who is in fourth after winning the last round, has had the engine out of his Goka Buggy and should have a few more horses to play with next weekend.

Pat Masters has 32 point lead in the Freelander Challenge but behind him there is a very close battle with Michael Wilson, Alex Howard, Graham White, Louisa Felice and Brian Chase all separated by just 15 points. Ahead of round five Louisa and fellow Team Sheepie Freelander competitor Ian Linford announced that they’d be taking part in the Wales Rally GB National rally at the end of the season, so they'll be racing along the same tracks as Ogier and Latvala. 

The event will be held at the MoD’s tank training facility at Bovington with a full day of action starting at 10am on Saturday. Day two will start at 9am with the finish due around 3pm. Unfortunately there will be no access to the venue for spectators due to it being a live MoD site. Pictures from the event will be available on Sunday night on facebook.com/msabccc.