Gould takes sec­ond BCCC win in a row in Scot­land

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Or­gan­iser: Marches 4x4 When: June 4/5 Where: Forrest Es­tate, South West Scot­land Cham­pi­onships: Brit­part MSA Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship/ Free­lander Chal­lenge/ BCC Tro­phy Runs: 13 Starters: 28

Martin Gould con­tin­ued his run of Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship suc­cess with his sec­ond win of the sea­son. Richard Wynne-wil­liams was sec­ond in his Loft­house Free­lander ahead of Paul My­ers.

The no­to­ri­ously tough venue took some scalps early on as cham­pi­onship leader Justin Bir­chall had an in­put shaft break on his Loft­house Free­lander’s gear­box on the open­ing run which put him out of the event. Neil Davey was an­other run-one ca­su­alty as he put his Yamaha YXZ1000R off the road. It was Gould who topped the timesheets on run one and he con­tin­ued to set the pace through the day to hold a lead of more than four min­utes from Richard Wynne-wil­liams with Steve Smith in third.

A fur­ther six runs of the 8.2mile course took place on day two and Gould main­tained his po­si­tion to take the win.

“It’s been an in­ter­est­ing and dif­fi­cult week­end,” said Gould. “With our near­est chal­lengers re­tir­ing from the event it was hard to judge the pace – we didn’t want to back off too much and lose con­cen­tra­tion. I’m re­ally pleased with the re­sult, it’s good for our cham­pi­onship hopes.”

Wynne-wil­liams had his best re­sult of the sea­son in sec­ond and, with Smith’s Clio suf­fer­ing a dou­ble diff fail­ure late on, it was Paul My­ers who com­pleted the top three.

Phill Bayliss won the Tro­phy cat­e­gory de­spite com­plet­ing one run on three wheels. Jon Dam­rel was sec­ond Tro­phy driver. Alex Howard won the Free­lander Chal­lenge with Ian Lin­ford in sec­ond.

The Bux­ton 4x4 Rivet of Gould con­quered the dif­fi­cult Dum­fries venue for a com­fort­able win

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