PEMBREY TO RUN IN REVERSE DIRECTION
Tweak means British Rallycross runners will face a new challenge
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.
Pembrey will run the ‘other’ way around