5 Nations BRX and French Rallycross Championship align for Dreux Supercar Extravaganza
For the second year in succession, this weekend (October 14-15) the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy heads across the English Channel to the town of Dreux, where Supercar contenders will join competitors from the French Rallycross Championship in a massive line-up.
No less than 29 Supercars are entered for the event, with Devon driver Jack Thorne heading the 5 Nations BRX points table following a consistent run through the first eight rounds of the campaign, and double victory last time out at Pembrey Circuit in South Wales.
The former European Rallycross Championship competitor ventures outside the UK with his Peugeot 208 for the first time this weekend, but will face stiff opposition for top 5 Nations BRX honours, as reigning champion and four-time 2023 event-winner Patrick O’Donovan makes a return to the series having been forced to miss the Pembrey double-header due to clashing commitments.
O’Donovan stunned French regulars last season with his Ford Fiesta, making the final and finishing as top 5 Nations BRX contender, but this year returns with his Hansen Motorsport-built Peugeot 208.
In a two-car line-up for Team RX Racing, O’Donovan’s farther Ollie O’Donovan – the 2007 British Rallycross Champion – reverts back to the Proton Iriz RX for the first time since the Lydden Hill season opener this weekend, accident damage sustained in the European Championship side lining the car for several months.
Tristan Ovenden (Citroen DS3) left the Dreux event 12 months ago feeling that points had been left on the table and will be hoping to better his third place of the 5 Nations BRX runners this time around, while Michael Sellar (Citroen DS3) also heads back to the French circuit with his ex-Hansen Motorsport machine having been in the mix at the venue in 2022
Dom Flitney (Volvo C30) had entered the event, but has unfortunately been forced to withdraw due to work commitments and having recently broken two ribs. He plans to return for the season-finale at Lydden Hill.
The action will be broadcast on live the French Rallycross Championship YouTube channel