Shield Jr to return to the rallycross paddocks with Suzuki Swift assault
Rob Shield, son of 1989 MSA British Rallycross champion Michael Shield will compete in the Swift Sport rallycross championship this season.
He has bought the car raced by Drew Bellerby in 2016. Shield has raced a rallycross Swift previously and finished sixth in a one-off outing at his local circuit, Croft, in 2012.
“It depends a bit on how I do in the first part of the year but I’ll do as much as I can,” he said. “I’ve done karting up to British C level and raced in the Formula Ford Ecoboost Championship as part of the British Touring Car Championship package. I’ve not done a great deal but it’s been quite diverse. I’ve had a bit of success and hopefully there’ll be some more this year.”
The newcomer is hoping to test pre-season. “I’ve been up and down the drive a couple of times but I want to have a proper go,” he said. “Rallycross is cost-effective and it’s the most fun you can have in motorsport.”
Michael Shield won the British title in 1989 driving an Metro 6R4 and was the youngest winner until that record was beaten by Dan Rooke in 2016.
Shield will return to his rallycross roots