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UK se­ries to adopt points sys­tem used in FIA World Cham­pi­onship

Motor Sport News - - Front Page - By Hal Ridge Pho­tos: Hal Ridge, Colin Casser­ley and LAT

The Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship will fea­ture a re­vised event for­mat amid a host of changes ahead of the 2016 sea­son.

The cham­pi­onship will move from the tra­di­tional three heats and fi­nals race sched­ule to the heats, semi-fi­nals and fi­nals for­mat adopted by the Euro­pean and World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onships.

The Bri­tish RX se­ries will be over­seen by Tim Whit­ting­ton, who will act as cham­pi­onship man­ager along­side his role as cham­pi­onship co­or­di­na­tor in the FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship.

“There is a group of knowl­edge­able vol­un­teers in the cham­pi­onship, it’s im­por­tant to har­ness their en­thu­si­asm, to­gether with the pas­sion of com­peti­tors, to im­prove the way events are pre­sented and de­velop the se­ries,” said Whit­ting­ton.

“The FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship has lifted the pro­file of ral­ly­cross in gen­eral. The MSA Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship needs to cap­i­talise on that.

“Changes in for­mat will make best use of track time and of­fer driv­ers and fans more track ac­tion. Fun­da­men­tally it has all the com­po­nents of a very good cham­pi­onship, it’s just a ques­tion of putting it to­gether prop­erly.”

Timed prac­tice for the Supercar cat­e­gory has been scrapped and with it the bonus points for set­ting the fastest time. The bonus points for set­ting the fastest heat time will re­main.

Five-time Bri­tish RX cham­pion Ju­lian God­frey has wel­comed the move to a World Rx-style for­mat.

“Hav­ing all three heats count is cer­tainly a good thing. It means you re­ally have to think about the events, and it helps keep con­tact down to a min­i­mum be­cause the only way to qual­ify well is to do well in each heat,” said the Ford Fi­esta driver. “This for­mat has worked very well in the world cham­pi­onship so it should hope­fully work in the Bri­tish too.”

Bri­tish run­ners will score in ev­ery heat in 2016

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