This forthcoming weekend (October 26/27th) sees the final two rounds of the 2019 Toyo Tires Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship take place at Croft Circuit with virtually all the titles set to be decided, and plenty of local drivers in with a shout.
In the eight-strong Supercar class, Irishman Derek Tohill trails series leader and multiple champion Julian Godfrey from Kent by just two points following his third victory of the season at Pembrey last month meaning the title will go to the wire in their respective Ford Fiestas.
However, the Mitsubishi of Oxfordshire’s Steve Hill, Devonian Andy Grant (Ford Focus), Ludlow driver Steve Mundy (Ford Fiesta) and Clitheroe’s Simon Horton (Subaru) will have a say in proceedings.
Two local drivers will also return to action with Mad Mark Watson from Barnard Castle who makes a comeback in his familiar shocking-pink Citroen Xsara whilst also making a welcome return in the Ford Focus usually campaigned by former champion Ollie O’Donovan is Scotch Corner’s Tony Bardy.
Having secured the Motorsport UK Supernational Rallycross Championship title for a second year, Tristan Ovenden from Canterbury brings his powerful Renault Clio V6 to the 700m super-fast North Yorkshire track but he’ll have his work cut out to add to his six wins already as two Northallerton drivers are sure to have a say.
Both Guy Corner and Paige Bellerby will be at the wheel of their respective Lotus Exiges and keen to do well as will Appleby farmer David Ewin (Ford Fiesta) whilst Polish driver Slawomir Woloch (Ford Fiesta) and Belgian Jelle Blockx (Volvo 240) will add to the continental flavour and at what is expected to be the final rallycross meeting at Croft for the foreseeable future.
Leeds driver Dave Ellis (Suzuki Swift) and Dartford’s Paul Coney (Vauxhall Corsa) will be up against Londoner Jarek Suchowiecki (Citroen C2) in the Super1600 class which is led by Craig Lomax from Knottingley in his Citroen C2 despite transmission problems at the previous round.
In the Motorsport UK Junior Rallycross Championship, it couldn’t be closer with Richmond’s Luke Constantine tied on points with Midlander Patrick O’Donovan meaning a ‘winner-takes-all’ scenario. But in a competitive field, two local drivers will be intent on making life particularly difficult for the champions-elect as Northallerton’s Ben Sayer, who won the previous round at Pembrey, and Luke’s cousin James Constantine from nearby Dalton-on-Tees will be aiming for glory.
The single-make Swift Sport Rallycross Championship and BMW Mini Rallycross Championship will also be decided at Croft with local drivers hoping to wrest the respective titles.
Tom Constantine, elder brother of Luke, is in with a good shout of the Swift Sport title having moved up as Junior champion from last year. The 18 year old from Richmond has been a model of consistency this season as he battles with three other drivers for the crown with just a handful of points separating them.
Meanwhile, Drew Bellerby from Northallerton and Ferryhill’s David Bell each took a win each in the BMW Mini class at the previous round in Wales, meaning the fight for the title will go down to the wire at Croft. Teesside drivers Martin and Andrew Hawkes as well as Northallerton teenager Eleanor Corner will be hoping to impress in the final round of the season too.
There will be action featuring the RX150 buggies as well as the popular Retro Rallycross Championship with a plethora of cars from yesteryear contesting their own event and led by York’s Gary Simpson in his BMW. The father and son team of Stewart and Jason Bowes from Stokesley will contest the event in their respective Austin Mini and VW Golfs too.
The action gets underway with practice from 9.30am on both days. Advance adult admission is just £12.00 for Saturday or £15.00 on the day with Sunday’s admission costing £15.00 in advance or £18.00 on the day. A weekend ticket costs £24.00 in advance or £30.00 on the gate. As normal at Croft, accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted FREE on both days and there is also FREE car parking, FREE paddock access and (subject to availability) FREE Grandstand seating.
Further information is available from Croft Circuit on 01325 721815 or at www.croftcircuit.co.uk.
The annual Swift Signs and Shirts Christmas Stages Rally will take place at Croft Circuit on Sunday 15th December 2019. Organised as usual by Northallerton Automobile Club, regulations and entries will be available from the website from 6th November 2019 www.northallerton-ac.co.uk.