Rolling back the years with a bumper retro field
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.