BRI­TISH DRIV­ERS JOIN FIELD FOR EURO FIGHT Trio of UK’S best Su­per1600 rac­ers will go head-to-head in Por­tu­gal

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge Re­sults

Three Bri­tish driv­ers have signed up for the first round of the Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Su­per1600 Cham­pi­onship, which runs as part of the open­ing round of the FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship at Mon­tale­gre in Por­tu­gal next week.

Craig Lo­max, Michael Boak and Phil Chicken will all drive Citroen C2s in the front-wheel-drive cat­e­gory, which fea­tures a record en­try in Por­tu­gal of 33 cars.

Driv­ing for the MB Mo­tor­sport team, Boak and Chicken have both raced in a round of the Euro RX cham­pi­onship pre­vi­ously; Chicken at Ly­d­den Hill in 2014 and Boak at Met­tet in Bel­gium last sea­son.

Lo­max will be mak­ing his Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship de­but rac­ing an Xtreme Ral­ly­cross-pre­pared car.

“If the car goes as well as it did at Ly­d­den [the most re­cent Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship round], we should be all good and mix­ing it with some of the big names,” said Lo­max, who won the Bri­tish Su­per1600 cham­pi­onship last sea­son.

“It would be ab­so­lutely per­fect if we can score some points from the round and not be last in the ta­ble. Of course I’m a lit­tle ner­vous be­cause it’s a to­tally new ball game for us. We’re mov­ing up a level.”

All three driv­ers are plan­ning on com­pet­ing in as many Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship events as pos­si­ble this sea­son, along­side cam­paigns in the Bri­tish RX se­ries.

“With a large en­try we will have a tough time against the best Europe has to of­fer, but I be­lieve we’re in a po­si­tion to be com­pet­i­tive,” said Boak. “We showed good pace in Bel­gium last sea­son and have worked hard since to im­prove and de­velop the car.”

Chicken leads the cat­e­gory in the Bri­tish points, with Lo­max sec­ond, the lat­ter re­tir­ing from the sec­ond round of the se­ries at Ly­d­den last month with en­gine woe.

Euro RX Su­per1600 uses the same for­mat as the World Cham­pi­onship. The top 16 at the in­ter­me­di­ate stage score points and the top 12 qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals.

Craig Lo­max will be out to stun the Euro­pean reg­u­lars

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