BELLERBY JOINS BIG BRI­TISH LINE UP Ral­ly­cross cam­paigner to use Ford Fi­esta Mk6 for UK as­sault

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Ex­pe­ri­enced ral­ly­cross com­peti­tor Dave Bellerby will race an ex-der­mot Carnegie Ford Fi­esta Supercar in the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship this sea­son.

Bellerby, who has won ral­ly­cross ti­tles in a range of two-wheel-drive cat­e­gories, will de­but the freshly re­built car at Croft this week­end, the open­ing round of the Bri­tish se­ries.

Tony Bardy Mo­tor­sport has fully re­built the car, which was orig­i­nally built by five-time Bri­tish cham­pion Ju­lian God­frey for Carnegie to race in 2007.

“I did the deal with Tony [Bardy] for the car over a year ago, and we’re re­ally hope­ful we can come out fight­ing. I’m just hop­ing that age will rise above beauty this year,” said Bellerby, speak­ing of the amount of new young driv­ers that will race in Supercar this sea­son.

“The in­ten­tion is def­i­nitely to do the full cham­pi­onship. The car’s ab­so­lutely im­mac­u­late, I don’t know if I dare take it out re­ally, it looks that nice.”

Bellerby has only twice pre­vi­ously raced a Supercar, both times at Croft, in a Per Ek­lund Saab 9-3 and Kevin Proc­ter Ford Puma, but in nei­ther out­ing was he able to com­plete the fi­nal due to tech­ni­cal prob­lems.

“We’ll run the car our­selves this year,” he added. “Ju­lian [God­frey] has proved that the bodyshell still works. Ob­vi­ously Ju­lian has a bit more in the en­gine depart­ment, so I guess we’re a lit­tle bit of the un­der­dogs. There are some very good driv­ers out there this sea­son. Dan Rooke was very, very rapid in the Su­per Na­tional, he’ll be very good. Ol­lie O’dono­van is very de­ter­mined, and Kevin Proc­ter will be rac­ing at the first round too, which will be in­ter­est­ing.

“I’m in with the best field the Bri­tish has seen for a long time. The young guys’ age and a lit­tle bit of in­ex­pe­ri­ence might just al­low them to make the lit­tle mis­takes that I’m go­ing to need them to make be­cause they’re run­ning a spec­i­fi­ca­tion of car that we’re not.”

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