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Andy Pow­ell is among a num­ber of driv­ers set to com­pete in this year’s Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship with new ma­chin­ery.

He will con­test the cham­pi­onship once again but he’ll be in a new Walker-Adams Rev­o­lu­tion 4x4 buggy, the first time the one-litre Ford Ecoboost-en­gined car has com­peted in the BCCC.

“The car is very light­weight so, with the en­gine pro­duc­ing 140bhp, it should go well,” said Pow­ell. “I’m cer­tainly feel­ing very pos­i­tive about the season ahead.”

Step­ping up to the BCC Tro­phy this year is Alex Howard af­ter a very suc­cess­ful debut season in the Free­lander Chal­lenge. Howard is plan­ning to tur­bocharge his Free­lander’s en­gine and he’ll also up­grade the brakes and sus­pen­sion.

Mil­ner R5 driver Andy Degiulio will do the full BCCC for the first time af­ter con­test­ing just one round last season.

Neil Davey de­buted his Yamaha YXZ1000R last year and his Lan­dranger Dee­side team is ex­pand­ing for 2017 with four cars likely to be rac­ing in­clud­ing a new de­vel­op­ment-spec tur­bocharged ma­chine.

In­san­ity Rac­ing’s Jon Dam­rel plans to re­turn to the BCC Tro­phy fol­low­ing a re­build of his Tornado car which has in­volved swap­ping from an au­to­matic to man­ual trans­mis­sion.

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