MN’S Ral­ly­cross man Ridge re­turns to com­pe­ti­tion aboard su­per­charged Mini

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Mo­tor­sport News’ ral­ly­cross correspondent Hal Ridge will race a su­per­charged BMW Mini in the fi­nal round of the BTRDA Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship at Croft this week­end.

Ridge, who hasn’t com­peted in a ral­ly­cross event in Bri­tain since 2012, will race the car in which Martin Hawkes won the fi­nal round of the Bri­tish RX BMW Mini Cham­pi­onship at Croft a fort­night ago.

Hawkes ran the car for Ridge in a short test last week at Tee­side Au­to­drome.

The BMW Mini cars will race to­gether with Su­per­mod­i­fied com­peti­tors at the event, where Terry Dur­din, Paul Lawrence and Ef­s­tra­tios Hatzis­te­fa­nis will make their ral­ly­cross de­buts.

The Su­per­car en­try list is headed by ‘Mad’ Mark Wat­son, but sea­son-long Su­per­mod­i­fied front-run­ner Tommy Gra­ham has been forced to with­draw from the sea­son fi­nale fol­low­ing en­gine fail­ure in his Ford Es­cort at the penul­ti­mate round and won’t fight for the ti­tle.

Toy­ota MR2 driver Marc Jones is top of the Su­per­mod­i­fied ti­tle race head­ing into the fi­nal round, but is third in the BTRDA over­all stand­ings be­hind Peu­geot 106 pair James Or­ton and Richard Todd, who top both the Pro­duc­tion cat­e­gory stand­ings and the over­all table.

A num­ber of driv­ers from Bel­gium and Hol­land will also com­pete in the Su­per­mod­i­fied cat­e­gory, as will MSA Su­per­na­tional cham­pion, Tony Lynch.

Hal Ridge has tested the su­per­charged Mini Cooper al­ready

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