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Old 11 Jan 2021, 16:31 (Ref:4028195)   #1
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British Rallycross 2021

Can't see it mentioned elsewhere, so here is a thread for the 2021 British Rallycross Championship.

Proposed calendar for the year:

May 29/31 - Lydden Hill, England
July 10/11 - Mondello Park, Ireland
August 29/30 - Pembrey, Wales
September 25/26 - Knockhill, Scotland
November 6/7 - Lydden Hill, England
December 4/5 - Spa Francorchamps, Belgium

Date changes seem inevitable at this point, but hopefully things will have calmed down enough for the season to wrap up at Spa.
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Old 12 Jan 2021, 01:17 (Ref:4028271)   #2
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I'm probably being overly optimistic but I reckon that every round will take place. I think Mondello is the most likely to be pushed back. I'd be surprised if by May, Lydden are allowed a full field of spectators, but I can see what happened back in August happening again. With elite sport status in England, BRX could still run even now just without spectators.

In terms of entries I know Godfrey, O'Donovan and Hill should be back in their old or brand new cars. Ovenden and Sellar are likely to return as well.
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That's a pretty sensible looking calendar in terms of dates - the start of the season has been delayed quite a bit so there's a chance it'll start as planned.

I'm not sure about Mondello and Spa though - they'll very much depend on whether travel is allowed. Presumably those rounds are open to local drivers as well? I'm wondering what the effect of Brexit will have on the number of uk drivers going to those events?

If Mondello and Spa aren't an option I wonder if they'll run additional rounds at Lydden?
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In terms of entries I know Godfrey, O'Donovan and Hill should be back in their old or brand new cars. Ovenden and Sellar are likely to return as well.
I hope Donnelly is back. Given the reduced Championship last year I am sure that some might not see his title in the same light, so I'd like to see him back for more.

Thought Ovenden looked a lot more on the pace at rounds two and three, hopefully he can be closer to the sharp end this year. Be good to see Roger Thomas out again as well, that Fiesta is too good not to be raced!

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I'm not sure about Mondello and Spa though - they'll very much depend on whether travel is allowed. Presumably those rounds are open to local drivers as well? I'm wondering what the effect of Brexit will have on the number of uk drivers going to those events?
I don't know if you have seen it, but Motorsport UK published some guidelines on the transportation of vehicles to/from the EU post-Brexit yesterday.

I haven't read the notes in detail but, from what I understand, it looks like an extra 1000 for a car to make a trip to and from Europe. I am sure they won't be too much of a hardship for the Supercar crowd travelling to Spa, but I can see it hitting a lot of the support categories hard.

(And of course the above also applies for European drivers coming to UK rounds as well)

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If Mondello and Spa aren't an option I wonder if they'll run additional rounds at Lydden?
Guess that could be a fall back option again?
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Things I didn't predict for 2021 - another new class

https://www.rallycrossbrx.com/news/a...-grids-in-2021

This is an extra MINI class using the 4wd Countryman model - they're hoping to have 4 cars running this year.

I kind of understand where they're coming from - a budget 4wd class makes sense I guess but it's yet another class to dilute the grids further. Is this needed with the BTRDA running a clubman 4wd class? Are these cars eligible for the BTRDA class as well? (surely they'd design the regs so they would be).
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Yeah. I hate being negative about new ideas, but it seems daft to be adding yet another class when some of the existing ones seem to be struggling for numbers. Hopefully the cars will, as you say, be eligible for use in the BTRDA Championship as well.

Reading that article, the four names who are confirmed are all existing BMW Mini drivers: shame to see that class losing four names, when it has been one of the most consistent for decent entry numbers in the last few years.

Given that nothing was mentioned last year, I assume that truck rallycross has been put on hold for now?
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Yeah. I hate being negative about new ideas, but it seems daft to be adding yet another class when some of the existing ones seem to be struggling for numbers. Hopefully the cars will, as you say, be eligible for use in the BTRDA Championship as well.

Reading that article, the four names who are confirmed are all existing BMW Mini drivers: shame to see that class losing four names, when it has been one of the most consistent for decent entry numbers in the last few years.
As you say the MINIs seem to be one of the classes where the grids were growing so it's a shame to dilute them (although I guess the new cars will continue to run with the existing MINIs until numbers grow enough for their own grid).

I think I'd be inclined to run the MINIs and Swifts together - they're pretty much the same concept and performance doesn't seem wildly different.

The class that needs some real help with numbers is super national - that always used to be a well supported class with a wide range of cars. They've lost quite a few into the retros and there doesn't seem to be many new cars / drivers coming into the class which is a real shame.

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Given that nothing was mentioned last year, I assume that truck rallycross has been put on hold for now?
I'd totally forgotten about the Truck rallycross I didn't really understand the need for it at the time - even less so now. Hopefully that'll be filed under "seemed like a good idea at the time" and quietly forgotten about.
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