Swift Rallycross Championships

Swift Rallycross Championships

Father and Son Team take Swift Action


The 2012 Swift Sport Rallycross Championship, which runs as a support class for the Monster Energy MSA British Rallycross Championship will be adding at least one young hopeful to the Junior class whereby former Grasstracker and Cadet Kart youngster, Charlie Bean will be contesting in all rounds of this year’s campaign.


 Charlie Bean is no newbie in the Rallycross paddock and who is well known for his wealth of Rallycross knowledge and helping out where he can, will be shifting his focus and teaming up with his father – Johny Bean who has once again committed to a full attack of the 2012 season using his Suzuki Swift in the Senior category.

The challenge of moving Charlie from paddock ‘scout’ to the race track has been planned for some time but it is only this week a deal has been done to source the right car for him from Proton Rally hopeful Ollie Mellors, and with the much welcomed help from local companies Snigwig, Ripla, Vasstech, Oak Tree Garage and not forgetting ‘ever helpful’ Grandad, Chris Bean.

At just 14 years old, Charlie will be one of the youngest competitors in the Junior Category which specifically caters for 14-16 year old Children who are hopeful at progressing their Motorsport careers, Rallycross provides a great foundation to grasp car control under racing circumstance, in particular the Swift Sport category which is governed by tight regulations ensuring that it is driver ability which shines through. Charlie has his sights set high and is hopeful of some good results.

Charlie Bean: “I am so excited that this is actually happening, I’ve been a fan of Motorsport and Rallycross in particular for as long as I can remember. It’s a great feeling that my Dad will be on hand to give advice on my techniques and I believe we have the right package to get some good finishes. I’m not going to be too optimistic and say that we are going to win anything, the target this year is to gain experience and demonstrate good clean racing, if we pick-up some points along the way then that will be the icing on the cake – I would like to thank all sponsors and local companies who have helped make me achieve every Schoolboys dream”

Dad, Johny started in Rallycross just three years ago after a switch from stage Rallying, in his first full season of competing he claimed the title of 2010 BTRDA Supermodified Rallycross Champion after which he spring boarded into the Swift Rallycross Championship taking a respectable 6th place finish overall and a couple of podiums placements alongside some of the UK’s most talented and respected Rallycross drivers. For 2012 he is not only returning to the Senior Swift Category with high hopes but he is also enjoying a new role of Vice Chairman of the MSA British Rallycross Championship.

Johny Bean: “I’m really chuffed that we have managed to make this happen for Charlie, it’s thanks to friends, family and sponsors that we have been able to secure a drive for him with just one week to go before the start of the British Championship. We’ll be aiming for a full tour of the 2012 championship so we hope that things go our way a little in what can only be described as ‘very close racing’. I’m enjoying my new role as Vice Chariman and this year is panning out to be great for Rallycross – I will be more than happy to talk to anyone with any suggestions on how we can keep on improving things for the future.”

Charlie’s new Suzuki Swift is currently undergoing a repaint to a similar colour scheme as Johny’s Swift; it is on schedule to be finished in time for their long distance trip to Lydden Hill where round one of the Monster Energy MSA British Rallycross Championship takes place this Saturday 24th March.

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