Man­ning back to ral­ly­cross

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For­mer ral­ly­cross Supercar rac­er­turned-hillclimb driver Mike Man­ning will re­turn to ral­ly­cross this sea­son in the BTRDA Club­mans Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship.

Man­ning will race in the Pro­duc­tion four-wheel-drive cat­e­gory in a Subaru Im­preza.

“Hav­ing had a cou­ple of sea­sons away from ral­ly­cross do­ing hill­climb­ing and sprint­ing, I’m itch­ing to get back,” said Man­ning. “I miss the rac­ing along­side other cars and the bat­tles on the track. I’m still com­mit­ted to hill­climb­ing with my Ford Puma but the BTRDA Pro­duc­tion class events don’t clash with any­thing else and I’ve got four rounds on my doorstep at Pem­brey. It also al­lows me to get back into it with­out spend­ing a for­tune. I can’t wait.”

The Welsh driver com­peted in the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Su­per Mod­i­fied cat­e­gory be­fore mov­ing to Supercar in an ex-john Maloney Ford Es­cort. He later reshelled the car into a Ford Puma, be­fore switch­ing to hill­climb­ing.

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