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18 Apr 2012

PR: MSA BRC

Category: Press Releases Posted 18.04.12 16:10 by

Rallycross heads for Scotland when the MSA BRC takes place at Knockhill Racing Circuit on May 12.

 

Rallycross makes its annual visit to Scotland when the Monster Energy MSA British Rallycross Championship, in association with MaKTraK takes place at Knockhill Racing Circuit on May 12. The event forms the second round of the championship season for most competitors, but will be the third event for Supercar racers who recently had the opportunity to claim points at the British round of the European Rallycross Championship.

 

London-based Irishman Ollie O’Donovan, the 2007 champion, has returned to the Supercar class this year after a break of three years and has immediately regained his successful form. Winning round one of the championship at the end of March, O’Dononvan took points for fifth place in the European event to retain his series lead. Andy Scott holds second place in the series, just three points behind O’Donovan with multiple British champion Pat Doran one point further behind in third place. Fourth place is held by Julian Godfrey who won the British championship in his first Supercar season last year and who gained his first overall event victory at Knockhill in 2011.

 

The event features a full programme of supporting championships, led by the two-wheel drive Supernational class and including Junior Rallycross, the ferocious one-make Swift Sport Championship and the RX150 ‘off-road buggies’.

 

The second round of the Monster Energy MSA British Rallycross Championship, in association with MaKTraK at Knockhill on May 12 will now be run in daylight hours after championship organiser Lydden Hill Motorsport Club (LHMC) was forced to reassess plans for the event that had been planned as a night race.

 

“We’ve run the Night race event very successfully at Blyton over the last two years. The planned move to Knockhill involved more equipment because the track is longer and we’re now faced with taking a £10,000 loss on the event if we press ahead with the Night Race or breaking-even if we run it in daylight,” said Clerk of the Course Willie Woods. “To run at Knockhill needs 60 lighting towers [compared to 32 used at Blyton], originally this wasn’t a problem and up until the end of last week I thought we’d got it covered but in the last few days it’s become clear that we cannot secure enough lighting without paying full commercial rates and that means the event is not viable as a night race.”

 

Reverting to a more usual daylight schedule, the event will now start with practice at 0900 and racing from 1100 on Saturday May 12.