Final Round of Kumho Tyres MSA British Rallycross Championship, Sunday 18th October
The championship has already been won but there is plenty to play for in the final round of the Kumho Tyres MSA British Rallycross Championship at Mallory Park next Sunday (October 18).
With four wins in the eight-round championship to his credit already Pat Doran (Winkleigh) has put the championship beyond the reach of his rivals and secured his second British title (adding to his 2005 success) with his Ford Fiesta ST Supercar. Second and third places in the championship are still to be decided, 2008 series runner up Steve Hill (Aylesbury) currently on course for second place but needing a good finish at Mallory Park in his Mitsubishi Lancer E9 to secure the place. The challenge to Hill comes from 2008 champion Lawrence Gibson (Banbridge) whose MG Metro 6R4 is a firm favourite with fans. Liam Doran (Sittingbourne) can also deprive Hill of second place and make it a family one-two with his father at the top of the championship if he is able to add to the two events win achieved already this year.
Adding to the interest in the event is Kevin Procter (Northallerton) who has spent the year racing the European Rallycross Championship with his Ford Focus ST ERC and who has entered the Mallory Park British season closer. Procter has taken part in just one British championship event so far, placing third in round five at Lydden in August. "I enjoyed the British round I did at Lydden and am excited at the chance to race on the new track at Mallory Park, specially as there is live television as well," said Procter.
BTRDA Clubmans title wide open
The overall title in the supporting BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship will be settled at Mallory Park on Sunday, at least five drivers still in with a shot at the crown. Drivers from the championship three different classes are all eligible to win the overall crown and the series is currently led by Keifer Hudson (Harrogate) who is bidding to become the first Junior driver ever to win the overall title. With double points available in the final round, everything remains to be won and lost.
The event features a full programme of supporting races from the Bill Gwynne Rallyschool Junior Rallycross Championship and the RX150 'off-road buggies'.
The final round of the Kumho Tyres MSA British Rallycross Championship, the Mallory Park event is being run in association with the Mirror and is the first Rallycross event to take place at the track since 1979. The event is being broadcast live on Motors TV which will provide a four-hour programme starting at 1200. Monster Energy GB is joining the end-of-season showcase event at Mallory Park for its first involvement in Rallycross. Boasting Jenson Button and Valentino Rossi among its athletes, Monster Energy will offer race fans free samples of its energy drink during the event.
Kumho Tyres MSA British Rallycross Championship, round eight (final), Sunday October 18
Racing starts at 1000
Adult admission £15, children under 12-years-old free
Mallory Park Circuit, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, LE9 7QE
Phone 01455 842931. www.MalloryPark.co.uk