How the other Ral­ly­cross­ing Brits up­held home hon­our dur­ing 2015

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While Liam Do­ran has been the only reg­u­lar Bri­tish com­peti­tor in World RX, the best re­sult was achieved by 2013 Bri­tish Tour­ing Car cham­pion An­drew Jor­dan at Ly­d­den Hill in 2014.

Jor­dan fin­ished third in a one-off ap­pear­ance for the Ols­bergsmse team that ended an al­most six-year ab­sence from the sport for the for­mer Bri­tish RX driver.

In 2015, Jor­dan raced twice. At Ly­d­den Hill he drove a Peu­geot 208 for Team Peu­geotHansen and set a fastest heat time to make the semi-fi­nals. He also set fron­trun­ning pace at the Ital­ian round of the Cham­pi­onship at Fran­ci­a­corta while deputis­ing for EKS team owner and driver Mat­tias Ek­strom. Jor­dan’s strong pace in prac­tice went un­re­warded how­ever, he was forced out of the event due to en­gine prob­lems in heat one.

He is ac­tively seek­ing to com­pete in more World RX events next sea­son, as re­vealed by MN in Oc­to­ber.

For­mer Bri­tish Rally cham­pion Guy Wilks made his ral­ly­cross de­but at Ly­d­den Hill in 2015, driv­ing a JRM Rac­in­grun Mini. Wilks im­pressed by mak­ing it to the fi­nal in the Mini, us­ing only a 1600cc Wrc-de­rived en­gine. Wilks re­turned for the French round of the cham­pi­onship, but was ham­pered by en­gine trou­bles on day one. The team re­paired the car for day two, but he was pushed off in the first cor­ner of heat three. The County Durham man is work­ing on po­ten­tial leads for next sea­son to fea­ture in the sport as of­ten as he can.

Tom Onslow-cole made his first ral­ly­cross start at the Istanbul Park in Turkey, in the RX Lites cat­e­gory, as his prize for win­ning the RX Tal­ent Search at Ly­d­den Hill in May. The GT racer fin­ished on the sup­port cat­e­gory podium and has as­pi­ra­tions to com­pete in a Supercar in the near fu­ture.

Aside from Do­ran, the only other Bri­tish driver to win an event in top-flight FIA ral­ly­cross since the Group B era drew to a close in 1992 is Kevin Proc­ter, who won at Dreux, France in 2012 in the Euro­pean se­ries. Armed with a Ford Fi­esta, Proc­ter may race in se­lected events next sea­son, but ad­mits that he is un­likely to trou­ble the high-bud­get teams at the top of the cham­pi­onship or­der.

Ir­ish driv­ers Ol­lie O’dono­van and Derek To­hill both plan to com­pete in the FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in 2016. O’dono­van twice made fi­nals in 2015, while two-time Euro­pean Tour­ing­car cham­pion To­hill will race a new Ols­bergsmse-built Ford Fi­esta.

‘An­drew Jor­dan is ac­tively seek­ing more RX’

An­drew Jor­dan con­tested two World RX rounds in ’15

Wilks made his RX de­but in a JRM Rac­ing-run Mini

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