The opening two stages will be on Friday evening with the Production-spec cars running first on the road followed by the UTVs and Prototype cars. Former BCCC Trophy champion Phill Bayliss will lead the cars away in his Land Rover 90 TD5 ahead of Justin Birchall who, instead of his usual Lofthouse Freelander, will be driving an Isuzu D-Max, a car which was last seen in the BCCC. The Production entries also include Belgian driver Frank Blondeel in a Mitsubishi Pajero and former Freelander Challenge crews Michael Wilson and Brian Chase.
Mark Jacques, who finished third in the BCCC last season, will be the first of the Prototype cars away. Jacques will be using his Lofthouse LS3 and he will be followed by several former offroad racing champions including AWDC winner Stephen Hiatt (Warrior Indy) and BCCC winners Dan Lofthouse (Lofthouse Evo) and Ian Rochelle (Rivet). Also among the Prototype entries are Andy Powell, who’ll be in his new Caze Peugeot 306, Toby Jefferson in his GSR 206, Andy Skelley in his ex-Dan Evans Milner R5 and Henri Joosten in his Mitsubishi PX33.
The action starts at 5pm on Friday and the cars will be reseeded based on the results ready for the ten stages on Saturday which will commence at 10am. There will be six more stages on Sunday with the final one scheduled to start just before 2pm.
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