BRX cham­pion Rooke backs Pem­brey

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Reign­ing British Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Dan Rooke has backed the lay­out changes to the Pem­brey Cir­cuit in South Wales that were an­nounced last week.

The ral­ly­cross el­e­ment of the Welsh venue will in­volve a num­ber of changes. Where cars pre­vi­ously joined the first loose sec­tion at the end of the cir­cuit’s sec­ond cor­ner (after the pad­dock cross­ing) the ral­ly­cross track will now con­tinue on the main cir­cuit to the left, in front of the spec­ta­tor bank­ing, be­fore a sharp right-hand cor­ner onto the loose sec­tion, re­join­ing the orig­i­nal cir­cuit.

The track is also changed fur­ther around the in­field loose sur­face after cross­ing a new sec­tion of the Tar­mac cir­cuit. The joker lap has moved from the out­side of the first cor­ner to the in­field.

“The changes should be re­ally good,” said Rooke, who claimed the 2016 ti­tle at Pem­brey. “It looks like it flows nicely, ob­vi­ously no­body has driven on it yet as they are still fin­ish­ing it, but I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing how it goes.

“I think the joker lap change will mix things up. It will make it harder strate­gi­cally and with the joker on the loose in­stead of the Tar­mac it will be easier to make a mis­take too. It’s another pos­i­tive change for Pem­brey and I’m look­ing for­ward to rac­ing there this year.”

Rooke says new Pem­brey cir­cuit plans ‘flow nicely’

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