Ti­tle con­tenders re­turn off road

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The Brit­part MSA Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship sea­son gets un­der­way at the week­end in My­herin for­est and the se­ries has at­tracted a high-qual­ity en­try.

All the lead­ing ti­tle con­tenders from 2015 will re­turn and they will be joined by some very quick driver and car com­bi­na­tions, in­clud­ing Martin Gould in his new Rivet-bmw, Colin Gould in an Audi-pow­ered Clio and Justin Bir­chall in a Loft­house Free­lander.

It will be Bir­chall’s first full sea­son of com­pe­ti­tion since 2012. He had his first out­ing in the BMW M3-en­gined Free­lander last year and was im­me­di­ately on the pace. He is one of the crews ex­pected to be in the 2016 ti­tle race.

“We did two BCCC rounds last year and they went well,” said Bir­chall. “I ex­pect there will be a great bat­tle for the cham­pi­onship this year as there are sev­eral driv­ers who could po­ten­tially take the ti­tle, it’s the best qual­ity en­try list for many sea­sons.”

Run­ning along­side the BCCC will be the Free­lander Chal­lenge. Ten cars have so far reg­is­tered and they will be led away by 2014/15 cham­pion Ian Lin­ford, fol­lowed by Team Sheepie team-mate Louisa Felice.

The event will start at 1000hrs on Satur­day.

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