BRI­TISH RAL­LY­CROSS GRAND PRIX DO­RAN ADDS AN­OTHER GP TI­TLE

Croft

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: BARC/ LHRC Starters: 67 When: Oc­to­ber 23

Mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance since the Swedish round of the World cham­pi­onship in July, Liam Do­ran was plagued by trans­mis­sion is­sues in the Bri­tish RX fi­nale at Croft, where he didn’t make it into the fi­nal.

De­spite overnight work, those prob­lems con­tin­ued into Q1 of the MSA Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Grand Prix but were re­solved from Q2 on­wards, from where Do­ran dom­i­nated.

The Citroen DS 3 driver qual­i­fied se­cond on the grid for the GP fi­nal, took the lead into the first cor­ner and led un­til the fin­ish, hold­ing off 2016 Bri­tish cham­pion Dan Rooke, who had also re­tired on the open­ing day with en­gine prob­lems. Rooke’s team worked un­til 0300hrs on Sun­day, to­gether with en­gine builder Ju­lian God­frey, to re­solve the is­sues and the 19-year old qual­i­fied on pole po­si­tion for the Grand Prix be­fore chas­ing Do­ran through­out the fi­nal.

Ol­lie O’dono­van won the Grand Prix B fi­nal, from which the top four cars pro­gressed into the main event and moved to third in the open­ing cor­ners ahead of Dave Bellerby. The pair ex­changed po­si­tions to­wards the end of the first tour, be­fore O’dono­van started to drop back with bro­ken wind­screen wipers caus­ing his vi­sion to be im­paired. Bellerby ran third un­til the penul­ti­mate lap when a bro­ken throt­tle link­age put him out, el­e­vat­ing reign­ing GP ti­tle-holder Ju­lian God­frey onto the podium.

“It feels good,” said Do­ran, who won the event in 2011. “It’s been a ter­ri­ble event for me with me­chan­i­cal prob­lems, but this af­ter­noon was fun. The level is so much higher than last time I won it.”

Kevin Proc­ter fin­ished fourth with Pat Do­ran fifth and James Grint sixth.

Su­per1600 racer Michael Boak qual­i­fied for Q1 of the Grand Prix as top two-wheel-drive car (based on Satur­day’s best lap times) and main­tained that po­si­tion through­out the event to make it into the Grand Prix fi­nal, the only two-wheel-drive racer to do so. He ended up ninth, stop­ping on track on lap five when his Citroen C2 lost power.

Su­per­car re­turnee Tony Bardy qual­i­fied for the Grand Prix fi­nal de­spite los­ing a wheel in the B fi­nal but ran out of time to make it to the start while re­pair­ing his Ford Fo­cus.

Ju­nior Ral­ly­cross (5 laps)

Do­ran bounced back with a grand prix event win

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