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Lydden Hill to host second round of Toyo Tires Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship on Easter Monday

By Mark Stokes

Lydden Hill race circuit will host the second round of the Toyo Tires Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship on Easter Monday.

The bank holiday programme comprises more than 60 high adrenaline races with seven championships going wheel-to-wheel over the tarmac and dirt.

Five-time champion Julian Godfrey (Heathfield) stormed to victory in the first round of the championship at Silverstone and he will again head the entry in his title-winning Ford Fiesta.

There will be more than 60 races on the bill at Lydden Hill on Monday
There will be more than 60 races on the bill at Lydden Hill on Monday

Roger Thomas is set for maiden outing in his M-Sport built Ford Fiesta Supercar while Andy Grant (Ford Focus) also plans his seasonal debut.

Reigning Supernational champion Tristan Ovenden will be looking to extend his championship lead.

Canterbury-based Ovenden, the two-time champion, goes into the event on the back of a commanding victory in the season-opener at Silverstone, his maiden success at the Northamptonshire circuit.

The former Swift Sport racer, now driving a Renault Clio V6, heads a list of quick local drivers in two-wheel-drive category, including Paul Coney (Vauxhall Corsa), Darren Scott (Citroen C2) and Fred Ling (Ford Fiesta).

Luke Constantine leads the standings in the Motorsport UK Junior Rallycross Championship for rising stars aged 14 to17 and he will face competition at Lydden from Latvian Roberts Vitols.

Dominic Flitney (Swift Sport), David Bell (BMW Mini) and Marc Scott (RX150) lead the single-make support categories.

The action is always fast and furious – and you can usually expect the odd spill
The action is always fast and furious – and you can usually expect the odd spill

Six four-wheel drive machines are included in Retro Rallycross Championship line-up, comprising two Ford RS200s, two MG Metro 6R4s, an Audi Quattro and a Ford Escort Cosworth.

The class is for cars raced prior to 1991.

Off circuit, Jurassic George the dinosaur will be joining families to enjoy free bouncy castle, assault course, Easter egg hunt, trade stands, displays and more.

Street food will be on offer around the circuit with a full-flavoured menu of local organic produce available along with locally produced Solleys ice cream.

General manager Hannah Rynston said: "We always look forward to the traditional Easter Monday Rallycross event, it is a great day out full of entertainment for the whole family which will kick start the 2019 season.

Jurassic George, the dinosaur, who will be on show at Lydden Circuit on Easter Monday
Jurassic George, the dinosaur, who will be on show at Lydden Circuit on Easter Monday

"There will be plenty of excitement on track with over 60 races across the asphalt and dirt.

"This year off track, we are also offering free bouncy castles, assault courses and Easter egg hunt for the children as well as inviting Jurassic George down to join in the fun!’

Gates open from 6.30am and track time starts at 9am and runs until 6pm.

Adult admission is £15 in advance and £20 on the day. Concessions are £12 with children aged 13 or under entering free of charge.

Tickets are on sale now at https://lyddenhill.co.uk/events/british-rallycross-championship/

For more information about the British Rallycross Championship go to http://www.rallycrossbrx.com

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