Shield Jr to re­turn to the ral­ly­cross pad­docks with Suzuki Swift as­sault

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

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

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