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Old 22 Oct 2016, 13:44 (Ref:3681910)   #1
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British Rallycross Championship 2017

The British Rallycross Championship have announced the calendar for the 2017 season:

http://www.rallycrossbrx.com/news/br...nges-announced

R1 - 19 March - Croft
R2 - 17 April - Lydden (Easter Monday)
R3 - 25 June - Pembrey
R4 - 22 July - Mondello Park
R5 - 23 July - Mondello Park
R6 - 28 August - Lydden (Bank holiday Monday)
R7 - 23 September - Pembrey
‪R8 - 24 September - Pembrey
R9 - 22 October - Croft

Also included in the article are some changes for 2017, most interesting of which is the decision to run BMW Mini, Super 1600 and Hot Hatch classes together for 2017 (though the individual titles will be retained).

Seems a sensible decision and a step in the right direction. Everyone with a competition car still has an individual trophy to race for in 2017, but there should be less heats with just a handful of cars running.
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Old 22 Oct 2016, 14:03 (Ref:3681916)   #2
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to run BMW Mini, Super 1600 and Hot Hatch classes together for 2017 (though the individual titles will be retained).
FINALLY!
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Old 22 Oct 2016, 16:42 (Ref:3681943)   #3
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No Grand Prix? 22 October is a Sunday...
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Old 23 Oct 2016, 21:05 (Ref:3682321)   #4
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there hasnt been a Grand Prix for decades mate!
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What was I watching at Croft yesterday I wonder?
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Old 24 Oct 2016, 07:12 (Ref:3682409)   #6
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It is not a rallycross grand prix, it is a very poor imitation.

It should be called a Superprix or something, because a Rallycross Grand Prix it certainly is not.

The GP used to attract the biggest names in the sport from Europe, the current one doesn't.
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Old 24 Oct 2016, 16:39 (Ref:3682524)   #7
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You may be right about the entry but as it is termed the Rallycross GP I will call it that . By your argument the 2005 Indy GP wasn't one either then ?
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Old 24 Oct 2016, 20:47 (Ref:3682580)   #8
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You can call it by whatever you like son, just as you call call baseball or football stadiums the Emirates or the Vitality arena.

I will never do it, it will never be a GP if its anywhere but Brands with a cracking entry.

And sorry, I havent watched an Indy whatever race in my life, so I have no idea what you are talking about, i watch a lot of oval racing stuff, but if it doesn't involve contact I cant be bothered
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Just to add a lil bit info for next year, i managed to get a quick word with both Julian Godfrey & Dan Rooke on Sunday. Julian is staying with his trusty Fiesta again next year and doing British RX plus the odd other outing, Dan hopes to do the British series again to defend his title and the home WRX round and maybe a few more but it all depends on budget.

I really hope Dan can get the backing sorted as after a very brief 5 min chat he comes across as a very mature young man who has so much enthusiasm for the sport and also the natural ability to drive that it would be a crying shame if he had to give it up due to lack of funds!
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Dan is extraordinarily gifted and one of the biggest talents I have seen in many years - and not just in rallycross either . I would love to see him in a singe seater.
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Hallelujah! I don't usually have much praise for organisers but bringing these classes together is an excellent decision. Hopefully there will be an overall national champion too in what in essentially now the production class.

It is also good to see a decent calendar with evenly-spaced rounds. It would be nice to get some more tracks on the calendar (presumably Mallory is dead?) but that is probably unrealistic at the moment.
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Early signs are that is going to prove a popular decision

I fully agree with the statements concerning Dan Rooke. At the very least I would like to see him running the British Championship again, but I really hope he can find the backing for a World/European round or two.

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Julian is staying with his trusty Fiesta again next year and doing British RX plus the odd other outing
There was talk earlier in the season that he would be switching to a newer chassis for 2017, guess that isn't happening?
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I went to Mallory a few weeks ago to watch a stage rally, place wsa in very good nick, quite a few improvements being made to restrict the noise issues and move it upwards rather than across.

The rallycross track is still there, it hasn't been allowed to grow over, but not sure if it will ever be used again, I think the Dorans were involved last time it happened and a few things went wrong for some reason.

It is a great little venue and should be used more often but sadly gets overlooked for a lot of events these days.
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The rallycross track is still there, it hasn't been allowed to grow over, but not sure if it will ever be used again, I think the Dorans were involved last time it happened and a few things went wrong for some reason.
Mallory Park was where a spectator got blinded by debris from the loose section, wasn't it? Sure there were also a lot of drivers complaining about damage to their cars the last time they ran there as well?

As you say, an overlooked venue, but with the stigma attached to it now, I doubt we'll see rallycross again there any time soon: be nice to be proven wrong though!
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I was not really trying to sound hopeful, but I think the reason they went for it is because they have lost a lot of dates of other series like BSB.

So, they have lost a lot of revenue over the years,
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