Bly­ton Park owner to get on his own track

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

Owner of Bly­ton Park Richard Usher will make his ral­ly­cross de­but at the open­ing round of the BTRDA Club­mans Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship next week.

Usher will drive a BMW Mini in the Bly­ton event and sam­pled the car for the first time on his own cir­cuit at a ral­ly­cross test day last Sun­day.

“I’ve done a lot of sprints over the last few years, be­cause we have a lot at Bly­ton,” said Usher. “Last year I thought I’d do a sprint in a va­ri­ety of cars, so I did one in a sin­gle-seater, one in a Mclaren P1 and also a Mazda MX-5. Va­ri­ety is the spice of life, and I promised the Mini­cross Driv­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion at their awards cer­e­mony that I would do an event.

“Ral­ly­cross is now box of­fice. We had Pet­ter Sol­berg here three weeks ago test­ing his car. I’m old enough to re­mem­ber when it all started at Ly­d­den Hill decades ago, but this was the first time I’ve ever driven prop­erly around my own ral­ly­cross cir­cuit.

“I thor­oughly en­joyed my­self, it was huge fun. It’s dif­fer­ent driv­ing on the loose, and I’m used to driv­ing the Mclaren on the Tar­mac with 600bhp, but this is great value for money mo­tor­sport.”

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