Rolling back the years with a bumper retro field

Motor Sport News - - Dan Wheldon -

There were a num­ber of Group B ral­ly­cross demon­stra­tion races run by the Retro Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship dur­ing the Lydden Hill week­end.

At­tempts at host­ing such demos have hap­pened be­fore, but the turn out for 2016 was the best yet, led by the MG Metro 6R4 Will Gollop used to win the 1992 Euro­pean ti­tle. The leg­endary ma­chine hadn’t been seen on a cir­cuit for al­most two decades, and is still un­der­go­ing a re­build and fine-tun­ing un­der its new own­er­ship, but was a de­light for the home fans. As it wailed up Hairy Hill, the crowd en­joyed the dis­play as much as some of the rac­ing. Also in ac­tion was an­other Gollop 6R4, the car that Tiff Needell drove in the 1989 Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross GP, plus Mark Fla­herty in an ex-lawrence Gib­son car (see Sport­ing Scene). Break­ing the trend of Met­ros, Pat Do­ran drove the Ford RS200 he won the French round of the Euro­pean se­ries in ’92, the car hav­ing just been re­built fol­low­ing a fire at the event two years ago. An Audi quat­tro and Barry Ste­wart’s Porsche 911 also took part, the Retro reg­u­lar’s car win­ning the first Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross GP in 1982 in the with Rolf Nils­son.

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