Doran ahead as British championship goes to Blyton
Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship, 04.09.10

Pat Doran finished second at Blyton in June. With two event wins to his credit, he leads the eight-event championship back to Lincolnshire for the September 12 event.

The Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship returns to Blyton on Sunday (September 12) for its seventh and penultimate event of the year with the title battle coming to the boil after reigning champion Pat Doran (Winkleigh) gained his second event win of the year in round six, moving ahead of Andy Grant (Barnstaple) to take the points lead.

Doran's victory has changed the face of the championship, Grant had led the series since round three at Blyton in June where he finished third Ė behind Doran. After many years racing an Escort Cosworth, Grant moved to a newer Focus Supercar this year and has enjoyed his most successful season to date. Starting this weekend's event at Blyton still holding second place in the championship, Grant now needs to win an event to keep his title hopes alive.

The 2010 Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship has been extraordinarily competitive; the first five events each producing a different winner and Doran the first double winner in round six.

Already a winner this year, Andy Scott (Dumfries) also needs a victory to retain any chance of challenging for the title, and had been on course to win at Lydden in round six until a puncture forced him to slow and allowed Doran to pass and take the win.

Doran, Grant and Scott now occupy the top three places in the championship, fourth placed David Binks (Newcastle upon Tyne) also still in the title hunt and desperate to shrug off the technical problems that have halted his Ford Fiesta Supercar in each of the last two championship rounds.

Lincolnshire racer chasing SuperModified stars
The championship's SuperModified class for two-wheel drive cars is also closely contested this year. Sussex-based motor sport engineer Julian Godfrey (Heathfield) leads the class in his two-litre Fiesta but has been worked hard by the 2.5-litre rear-drive version of the Fiesta driven by Mike Howlin (Haverfordwest). Currently third in the class battle, but returning to the scene of his win in round three of the championship, Jamie Lea (Wrexham) will again be a good bet for victory on the fast track in his turbocharged Toyota MR2.

Sixth place in the SuperModified class is held by Lincoln garage proprietor Gary Dixon who has raced in only three events so far this year, making it into the A final in each of them and galloping quickly up the championship order. Racing his familiar Vauxhall Astra GTE, Dixon will make the short trip to his local track at Blyton hoping to maintain his good form and make further progress in the title race.

Full supporting programme
The Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship has a full programme of supporting events, including the RX150 championship for 'off-road buggies' and the Suzuki Swift Sport Championship, a new for 2010 one-make series for 1600cc Suzuki Swifts that is fast becoming a favourite with fans and competitors alike as it has produced close racing at every event.

The event also includes the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship with a full range of classes including Junior Rallycross for competitors of 14 to 16-years-old.

Round seven venue change
The seventh round of the Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship, scheduled to take place at Mallory Park on September 12 has been moved to the Blyton venue in Lincolnshire but will retain its original date. The move has been made to allow a programme of work on the track at Mallory Park to be carried out earlier than initially planned. Blyton hosted round three of the British championship, the successful Night Race event, in June.

Rallycross Open Day Ė your chance to drive at Lydden
Members of the public and prospective competitors will have the chance to drive a Rallycross car at Lydden on September 25 when the Swift Sport Championship Rallycross Open Day is held at the circuit. Admission to the track is free, but anyone interested in either driving on the day or taking a passenger ride in a Rallycross car, must book in advance with the event organiser by calling 0844 545 8257, or e-mail events@swiftrallycross.com.

Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship 2010
Monday April 4/5 Lydden Hill
Sunday April 25 Knockhill
Saturday June 12 Blyton
Sunday July 11 Maasmechelen (B)
Sunday August 8 Mallory Park
Monday August 30 Lydden Hill
Sunday September 12 Blyton (changed venue)
Sunday October 10 Pembrey

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