Entries have been pouring in for the 2020 Britpart British Cross Country Championship (BXCC) with, at the time of writing, only three spaces left.
Organisers That’s Motorsport Ltd have arranged six top quality venues for the championship, including some old favourites such as Sweet Lamb and Ceri and some new sites like Slate Mountain at Llechwedd (as used on Rally GB) and the famous rallying venue of Kielder forest.
The entry list has several crews who raced in the BXCC last year, including the championship top three of Justin Birchall, Mark Jacques and Phill Bayliss.
Several entries have been received from drivers who are new to the BXCC. One of these is ex-rally driver George Bryson who will racing his new Warrior Audoo.
“After many many years of stage rallying we changed to off-road racing four years ago,” said Bryson. “We marshalled at a few events to get a feel for it and to meet some of the people involved. We decided to go for it in 2016 and entered the Borders Hill Rally before I’d even bought a car!”
“We have really enjoyed the change in disciplines and with the BXCC events being two days and sometimes over 100 miles of competition we think it provides fantastic value for money. There’s a wide range of competitors with varying budgets but one common thing we have found is how friendly everyone is and how competitors help each other out. We had a rival crew’s service team help sort our car at an event last season and we then won our class, beating their driver! Where else would that happen?”
“Off-road events take place on many surfaces but we prefer the forest-based sites which is one of the reasons we have decided to give the BXCC a try this year as the venues look fantastic and should suit our new car.”
Mike Wilson won the production class last year in a Freelander. The Freelander will still be racing but it will be driven by Sam Snowden this year. Wilson and co-driver Ian Letman will be competing in a Polaris.
“It’ll be a bit of a change from the Freelander but it should be fun,” commented Wilson. “I like the BXCC format, you get a lot more competitive miles at the events compared to stage rallying and it’s much cheaper to enter too, even though you’re racing at places like Kielder. The other advantage is reduced costs in not having to replace things like seats and belts so often. It’s a great championship.”
The BXCC season will start on the weekend of 4/5 April at Slate Mountain at Llechwedd in North Wales. There will then be a further five events with the season finale at Walters Arena in October. The championship is supported by Britpart, Voxcloud, Par Homes, Staffordshire Signs, Birchall Foodservice, PD Extinguishers, OR Tyres, NickyGrist.com and Forestry England. Please visit crosscountryuk.org or facebook.com/BXCCUK for further information.