John McGuinness set for Supercar debut at Lydden Hill
- TT legend will take to the track in a 600bhp Ford Focus
- Sir Chris Hoy returns to 5 Nations BRX battle in RX150s
- Night racing and Firework spectacular
Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness will make his long-awaited Supercar debut at next weekend’s Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy Presented by Cooper Tires event at Lydden Hill. The 23-time TT winner will take the wheel of Ollie O’Donovan’s 600 bhp Ford Focus on Saturday 7 November.
John made his 4-wheel debut at the opening round of RX150s over the August Bank Holiday weekend, where he finished second. This event will also see Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy return to BRX following his debut in August, when he pilots a similar buggy looking to better McGuinness’ August result.
Rounds two and three of 5 Nations BRX take place over the weekend of 7/8 November at the Kent track, where a full grid of Supercars including current championship leader Mark Donnelly, six-time champion Julian Godfrey and 2007 champion O’Donovan are amongst a quality entry battling for race honours.
The event will feature double-header rounds of all 5 Nations BRX championships, with the exception of the GpB/4WD class which will be one round over two days and will mark a first for the Kent track with racing into the dark under floodlights on Saturday. The day will conclude with a firework display before all classes again take to the track for round three on Sunday.
John McGuinness: “I had a really great time when I raced in rallycross at Lydden last time, it was mint! This time will be a completely different experience though, racing in the top class, but I’m always up for the challenge. I’ve not driven the Focus yet, but we’re planning a test day next week so I can get to grips with the car.”
Organisers have worked closely with MSUK and the local council to ensure that fans can make the most of the open space and natural amphitheatre that Lydden Hill offers. Spectators will once again be allowed entry, subject to prevailing guidelines, and numbers will be limited. Early online bookings are advised to avoid disappointment. Click here for tickets: https://bit.ly/3dmQAtA. Overnight camping will also be permitted for those looking at attending both days.
Notes: Lydden Hill is a Covid-19 secure venue. There will be full Covid guidelines published in line with the local Covid alert level for Dover at the time of the event. Full track and trace system, social distancing and the rule of 6 apply, hand washing/sanitising will once again be available throughout the site, face masks remain mandatory in certain areas which will be clearly marked, with no indoor activities. The circuit has put in place additional food units to minimise queues, toilets will be open with restrictions, but showers will unfortunately remain closed. The paddock will be closed to spectators but there will be a walkway through to allow spectating from Paddock Bend. If the event is cancelled due to Covid-19 then refunds will be given.