Clas­sic ex-derek Bell Beagle makes race re­turn in Club­mans Cup af­ter 30-year ab­sence

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Beagle Mk IV 1700 de­signer Jim Yard­ley is eye­ing fur­ther Club­mans Cup ap­pear­ances this sea­son af­ter the car raced for the first time in 30 years at Croft last week­end.

The uniquely built side-en­gined car, which was pre­vi­ously driven by Derek Bell in its hey­day, was guided to three podi­ums by cur­rent driver Jonty Hair.

Hair recorded two sec­ond places and a third at Croft and bat­tled ad­mirably with de­fend­ing cham­pion Alex Champ­kin in the much-fan­cied Vi­sion V84.

Both Yard­ley and Hair know the sig­nif­i­cance of Beagle’s long over­due re­turn to racing and are con­fi­dent of more suc­cess.

“We’re there with a 40-year-old car, keep­ing up with the new cars with mod­ern aero­dy­nam­ics,” said Hair. “It’s such a unique car, there’s noth­ing like it re­ally. It only comes alive when you’re fully on the limit so you need to be on it the whole time.”

As yet, the car does not qual­ify for the His­toric Clas­sic class, but Yard­ley is hope­ful that the rules can be tweaked to al­low the Beagle to make a full-time racing re­turn this sea­son.

“Cur­rently it doesn’t meet their reg­u­la­tions be­cause the fly­wheel is too small. So I’m hop­ing they can change the rules to al­low us to run, which would be against like cars.”

Side-en­gined car ran in Croft races

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