Swift Rallycross Championships

Swift Rallycross Championships

Canterbury Crusader Ovenden Wins at Croft

Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire hosted the final round of the Power Maxed Swift Rallycross Championships, where in another bumper-entry for the single make Swift category, 2014 champion Tristan Ovenden claimed pole position for the A final and led the last race of the year from lights to flag to retain his championship title in style.

Tristan Ovenden gave a dominant drive in final to take the win


No less than 16 Swifts took to the circuit at the Croft event, where the Swift championship were pleased to give a warm welcome to Rob Pickard, who had initially hoped to race at Pembrey earlier in the year but was ruled out by poor health, motocross team owner Matt Hutchins and Sunderland racer Gary Mitchell.


With a committed first corner charge from  the Hawkes Fire driver Andrew Hawkes, he celebrated the B final win after a close race with fellow local driver David Ellis, driving the Sayers Road Tankers Swift.   Former autograss and circuit racing driver Gary Mitchell made his Swift Sport debut in a Peter Gwynne Motorsport hire Swift and starred at his home event, just missing a place in the A final  finishing second in the B final to Hawkes.

Andy Hawkes committed into the first corner alongside newcomer Gary Mitchell


Aiden Hills and Darren Scott, who both finished on the podium at the previous round at Lydden Hill, joined Canterbury Crusader Ovenden on the front row for the final but were unfortunately ruled out of contention by contact in the final leaving Ovenden to line up alone of the front row of the re-run.  Countrystyle Recycling driver Nathan Heathcote and former Junior Swift racer Jake Taylor battled for second during the early stages of the final, both scoring their personal best results with second and third respectively. Mondello Park victor Jack Brown, from Barnsley, challenged Taylor for the final podium on the fourth lap of the final but ended up wide at the circuit’s loose surface hairpin, dropping to fifth behind Kent driver Rob Maynard, competing in the orange Swift affectionately know as Maud.


Whilst not making it to the podium, Brown still had reason to celebrate having set fastest time of the day for the swifts claiming 2 bonus points and despite not completing heat two, being on the pace in the other heats rewarded him with an automatic A final start.

MSA Director Simon Blunt makes Swift Rallycross Debut.

MSA General Secretary Simon Blunt will make his rallycross debut in the ' Power Maxed' Swift Sport Championship at Lydden Hill on Bank Holiday Monday (31 August).

Motor Sports Association (MSA)  Director Simon Blunt

Blunt, an MSA Director, is a keen circuit racer currently competing with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club. He will now tackle the highly competitive world of rallycross – at the invitation of Lydden Hill’s Pat Doran and Sarah Watson from Swift Rallycross – when the Shannon Group MSA British Rallycross Championship visits the Home of Rallycross.

Blunt said: “Without doubt I’m really looking forward to competing in Swift Rallycross for the first time at Lydden Hill. While rallycross is new to me, I saw at Croft the superb family culture within the sport and the friendliness that emanates from everyone involved."

“I have to thank Sarah Watson at Swift Rallycross for this opportunity, as well as the rallycross fraternity for its support. It is going to be a fantastic experience – something completely different for me – and I hope that I do my National A Licence justice!”

Watson said: “With Bank Holidays being such a busy time on the motor sport calendar, we are thrilled Simon is able to join us at Lydden Hill. We have new competitors joining our grids at most rounds and this one is no exception, with three new drivers making their Swift debuts.

“For Simon it will be a totally different experience to his circuit racing. With it being so competitive out there, let's see if he can make it into the prize money! Either way, I’m sure he is going to have a fun day’s motor sport.”

Blunt competing in the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club
MSA Coach Adam Gould will also spend the day at Lydden Hill, delivering Performance Master Classes to junior rallycross competitors. Meanwhile MSA Regional Development Officer (RDO) Suze Endean will be on hand to offer advice to anyone looking to get involved in the sport.

Rallycross began in 1967 and features short races on mixed-surface tracks, providing close competition and great entertainment. The sport became popular with TV audiences in the 1970s and is currently experiencing a resurgence of interest, particularly with the success of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Action gets underway at 9am with practice and the first of three heats are scheduled for 10.30am. The finals will be held in the afternoon and for further information, please visit:

Swift Rallycross - www.swiftrallycross.com

British Rallycross - www.rallycrossbrx.com

Lydden Hill - www.lyddenhill.co.uk

Win for Durdin in Wales

In the MSA Junior Swift category, the racing was hugely close and competitive. Sam Jones made his debut in the class driving his JAM Motorsport Swift and won his first ever race after a ding-dong battle with former kart racer Bradley Durdin and former Junior Rallycross Grand Prix winner, Drew Bellerby. The ever-improving Hawkes Fire Swift driver, Jennie Hawkes finished fourth. Drudin won the second heat ahead of Jones, while Bellerby won heat three from Durdin.


Bradley Durdin takes his first win of the season


Jones lined up on pole position for the final, but it was Durdin piloting the Peter Gwynne Motorsport Swift who led from theto take the upper hand to win the final while Jones and Bellerby battled over second place. Hawkes finished fourth, again improving her lap times with every race thanks to the support of 2014 MSA Junior Swift Champion Charlie Bean, who was on hand again at Pembrey to offer Hawkes support. Fuchs Lubricants driver Bellerby now leads the championship by just one point from Durdin as the championship heads to Mondello Park in Ireland for a double-header event next month.


Heat win for Sam Jones in his first ever Rallycross event

Three in a Row for Reigning Swift Sport Champion Ovenden

The third round of the Power Maxed Swift Rallycross Championship took place at Pembrey, South Wales where the Swift category provided close racing throughout the day.

Three in a row for reigning champion Tristan Ovenden


Fastest in the opening two heat races, 2011 MSA Junior Swift Champion Aidan Hills sealed pole position for the final, on only his second event since returning to the sport last time out at Lydden Hill. He was joined on the front row by 2014 Swift Champion and current championship leader, Tristan Ovenden and Barnsley racer Jack Brown, who had a strong run through the heat races to qualify third.


Fastest in heats - Former Junior Chamion Aidan Hills


Hills and Ovenden made a great start to lead the field into turn one, where Hills was unfortunate to be spun around. Brown headed straight into Pembrey’s brand new joker lap, while Kent driver’s Darren Scott and Rob Maynard took up the chase of Ovenden, the pair closely followed by SH Racing driver Jake Harris.


Brown - who had been followed into the joker lap by the Autopoint Swift of Jake Taylor - passed Harris on the second lap and then Maynard at the start of lap three, as Ovenden slowly started to pull a small gap at the front of the field.


Impressive performance by Jack Brown taking second


Brown climbed to second when Scott took his joker, Scott coming back onto the main circuit in fourth, but moved to third when Maynard too took his joker lap. Ovenden took his joker on the fifth lap and returned to the lead of the race to claim victory. Brown finished a brilliant second and Maynard pressured Scott all the way to the finish line, Scott holding on to come home third. Former Junior racer Taylor won the B final and had a strong run through the A final to finish fifth while Aiden Hills recovered to finish sixth, with the flamboyant Jake Harris in seventh.


Nathan Heathcote had qualified on the second row of the grid, alongside Scott, but was forced out after contact sustained in the first corner. Andrew Hawkes and former stock hatch racer Andy Pecover had a close and entertaining race for second in the B final, Hawkes coming out on top, while 2015 newcomers Alex Spencer and Jeff Hankin increase in confidence and pace at every event and finished fourth and fifth.


Dave Ellis from Leeds was unlucky to suffer mechanical problems in practice and was forced to retire from the event.

Swifts to feature at BHP Performance Show - Lydden Hill


Making a return to Lydden Hill, a selection of the Swift Sports are set to represent the Swift Rallycross Championships at the BHP Performance Show, known to some as the 'show of the year', is the leading Performance, Motorsport and modified car show in the South of England.


The event, held on Monday May 4th 2015, features childrens entertainment, food village, trade stands, static displays from Classic to modern machinery, and the highlight being the 8 hours of live ‘on track’ action including motorsport demonstrations and 5 hours of public track time. 


A variety of motorsport and performance demonstrations are featured, including EX BTCC, Drifting, Rallycross, Group B, Circuit Racing, Oval Racing and High Powered sprint/street cars making it a fun day for all the family.


Admission to the event for spectators is £20 on the day.


Gates open to visitors at 8:30am with Live demonstrations starting at 9am.  Gates close at 5pm with event concluding at 6pm.


For more information visit their website www.bhpperformanceshow.com

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