Ross Brown­ing

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I am sad to re­port that ral­ly­cross racer Ross Brown­ing lost his long and brave fight against can­cer re­cently.

Born into a farm­ing fam­ily, his fa­ther and un­cle built up a thriv­ing busi­ness in poul­try, pigs and later fruit.

Ross was thrust into the busi­ness when his fa­ther died at the age of 46. The fol­low­ing year Ross started his ral­ly­cross ca­reer by ac­quir­ing Mark Lloyd’s Ford Es­cort Mk1. Rac­ing in the C class, he learnt his trade with this car. Mov­ing up to Class B he ac­quired Ron Pear­son’s 2.1-litre BDG Ford Es­cort Mk2. This class was where Ross had his most suc­cess­ful years.

He won the Swindon Class B Na­tional cham­pi­onship and also fin­ished top two-wheel-drive car in the tele­vised TVS se­ries.

In 1990 he ac­quired Mike Quaife’s Turbo Ford Es­cort Mk3 and moved into Class A. He re­tired in 1991 sea­son.

He leaves a wife Ali­son and two chil­dren, Jes­sica and Robert. We all have many fond mem­o­ries Ross: rest in peace. Mike Brom­ley (me­chanic) Via email

Motorsport News, July 20

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