Tweak means Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross run­ners will face a new chal­lenge

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge

Pem­brey in South Wales has been ap­proved by the MSA to run in an anti-clock­wise di­rec­tion for the third round of the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship next month.

The first round of a dou­ble­header week­end on May 1 will use the tweak . The se­ries will re­vert to clock­wise for the sec­ond event on May 2.

The idea is the brain­child of cir­cuit man­ager Phil Davies, to give com­peti­tors trav­el­ling to the venue for the event some­thing new, and fur­ther in­cen­tive to make the jour­ney.

Work has been car­ried out on bar­ri­ers and run-off ar­eas to pass an in­spec­tion by the goven­ing body, the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion, to en­sure it meets safety stan­dards.

The start-fin­ish line will re­main in the same lo­ca­tion for both lay­outs, with the flat-out right-hand fi­nal cor­ner, Honda curve, now the first cor­ner in al­ter­na­tive di­rec­tion. The track then goes to a fast left onto the cir­cuit’s loose sec­tion.

“Peo­ple say it’s a long way to go to Pem­brey, but it’s a long way to go to Croft, and to go to Ly­d­den, de­pend­ing on where you live,” said Davies. “We took a look at do­ing it and thought ‘this is pos­si­ble’, so now have two dif­fer­ent cir­cuits at one venue, so that’s got to be a good thing.”

The new cir­cuit was tested by fron­trun­ning Su­per­na­tional cat­e­gory racer Mike Howlin, RX150 new­comer Dai Llewellin and for­mer Su­per­car racer Mike Man­ning re­cently.

Photos: Hal Ridge and Colin Casserley

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