Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Hal Ridge

Su­per­car com­peti­tor Mark Fla­herty will drive an ex-lawrence Gib­son MG Metro 6R4 in the next round of the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship’s retro cat­e­gory when it vis­its Maas­meche­len in Bel­gium on July 16/17.

Fla­herty re­turned to ral­ly­cross in 2014 hav­ing not raced in the sport since the Group B era ended. He bought the 6R4 re­cently to take part in the demon­stra­tion races at the Bri­tish round of the World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship at Lydden Hill last week­end and will now join reg­u­lar Retro Ral­ly­cross 6R4 cam­paigner Rob Gib­son on the grid for at least the Bel­gian round and pos­si­bly more events this sea­son.

“It’s been great fun, I last drove a Group B car 24 years ago so it’s been nice to get back into it,” said Fla­herty. “It’s very dif­fer­ent to the mod­ern Su­per­car, there’s no elec­tron­ics, anti-lag, launch con­trol or any­thing like that, and no turbo ei­ther. I’m plan­ning to do Retro Ral­ly­cross in Bel­gium, we’ve just been do­ing demos at Lydden but it will be re­ally fun to get on track in Bel­gium and have a good race with Rob (Gib­son).

“My son Mitchell will be rac­ing in the RX150 class there and it will be fun to race the 6R4 around a tra­di­tional Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross track.”

Since the in­cep­tion of Retro Ral­ly­cross, a pair of pe­riod Group B cars have not raced in in the cat­e­gory at the same time although Ire­land-based Pol­ish driver Greg Ka­li­necki has made se­lected ap­pear­ances in the past in a Lan­cia Delta.

Photos: Ivan San­som, Colin Casser­ley and Hal Ridge

Fla­herty is tak­ing this Metro to Bel­gium

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