Preparations for the 2010 Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship (BCCC) are well underway with dates for all six rounds finalised and continued sponsorship secured from Britpart, the leading independent wholesaler of parts and accessories for Land Rover vehicles.
The championship organisers, Marches 4x4 Motorsport Management, have planned a championship encompassing rounds in England, Scotland and Wales. It is hoped that two new venues will feature in 2010.
The 2009 championship was well received by the competing crews, including Whitworth’s Phil Ibbotson, a Britpart BCCC regular who drives a BMW M3-engined Metro 6R4 replica.
"There was a good variety of events and courses. The championship is great fun, the competition is good, the timing is excellent and all the members of the organising team do their utmost to make the events run as smoothly as possible."
Bob Seaman, who won the Trophy class of the 2009 championship in his Milner R4, was another who was pleased with his season.
"I thoroughly enjoyed all the events, the courses give you a bit of everything from very fast tracks, where the top guys can make up a lot of time, to tight and tricky technical parts which need a lot of skill and precision. The organisation is excellent and I’ll be back again in 2010."
Runner-up in the 2009 championship Dan Lofthouse also enjoyed the variety of courses on offer.
"We had everything from the fast flowing tracks at Sweet Lamb to the rough and wet course at Driffield. The mileage at all the events means we get good value for money for our entry fee."
"I enjoyed the good social atmosphere too, there’s a marquee at each round with hot food and drinks and, with everyone staying on site, it’s great to be able to share the stories from the day with other competitors and marshals."
The six events in 2010 will each offer 80-100 miles of competitive action spread over two days. Anyone with a National A or B licence can enter the championship and there are several classes ranging from fairly standard production vehicles to purpose-built specials.
2010 also sees the launch of the Britpart Freelander Challenge, a seven round championship for standard Land Rover Freelanders which will run over four rounds of the Britpart BCCC, a hill rally and two stage rallies.
More information on the Britpart BCCC and Freelander Challenge can be obtained from www.marches4x4.com.
Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship 2010 Dates
Round 1 17/18 April
Round 2 15/16 May
Round 3 12/13 June
Round 4 31 July/1 August
Round 5 18/19 September
Round 6 16/17 October