Entries flooding in for Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy
Entries haven’t even opened but several top line drivers have already committed to the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy Presented by Cooper Tires. Awarded to Lydden Hill Race Circuit (LHRC) to run for at least the next three years, the revamped championship has received strong support since the announcement last year, with several drivers announcing their return to the ranks.
Back for 2020 is former champion and long-time title contender Ollie O’Donovan. The Irishman quit the series mid-way through 2019 but has committed to this season under the new management. “I am delighted to confirm my return to British Rallycross”, said Ollie. “I made the decision to pull out last year as I wasn’t happy about the inconsistency of the decisions being made. Now, I’m confident that we have a great team of people on-board, and on-event officials that will ensure we run a fair and fun championship. I can’t wait to get back.”
Among those confirmed to move up into the Supercar class is Tristan Ovenden. Tristan made his Supercar debut at Lydden Hill last year; the three-time back to back Supernational Champion will pilot an ex-Doran Citroen DS3 in the premier class. Steve Hill (Mitsubishi X) and Roger Thomas (M-Sport Ford Fiesta) are among those also confirmed with a number of other Supercar returnees to be announced shortly.
Reigning Swift champion Tom Constantine is one of the first to confirm his bid for back-to-back titles in 2020. Patrick O’Donovan wasn’t far behind in announcing his return to the one-make Junior series this year, in which he missed out by just one point last season. The BMW Mini RX class sees reigning champion Drew Bellerby compete for back-to-back titles. Brothers Andrew Hawkes and Martin Hawkes are back behind the wheel of Hawkes Fire Minis, while Archie Thomas (son of Roger) has also committed to the class.
The format of this year’s events will remain largely the same as previous years; the Supercar class will run over a minimum of six weekends, a minimum of six rounds, other classes will feature a mixture of single and double header weekend events and a minimum of eight rounds.
Some events will also feature 700bhp, twin-axle tractor unit rallycross trucks, Truck Rallycross, announced last year. The British Rallycross Championship will also run a single make, control Cooper tyre across all classes.
The provisional 2020 calendar includes events at a minimum of four circuits in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
Provisional Supercar Calendar:
RD 1 - April 12th/13th - Lydden Hill
RD 2 - May 24th/25th - Pembrey
RD 3 - June 20th/21st - Valkenswaard*
RD 4 - July 18th/19th - Mondello Park
RD 5 - August 30th/31st - Lydden
RD 6 - September 26th/27th - Knockhill
*Pending ratification by the FIA
Additional round for support classes:
October 18th - Pembrey
Dates/circuits are provisional and subject to change.