Retro Rallycross Championship Heads to ‘Home of Rallycross’, Lydden Hill

Retro Rallycross Championship Heads to ‘Home of Rallycross’, Lydden Hill

The second round of the 2017 Retro Rallycross Championship takes place this weekend at Lydden Hill (April 17).

Known as the ‘home of rallycross’, the sport was created at the circuit 50 years ago and the Retro Rallycross Championship will join the MSA British Rallycross Championship this weekend in continuing the celebration of the 50th anniversary.

stewart bowes leads paul easterbrook

Current Retro Rallycross Champion Ray Morgan will begin the event at his home circuit with the championship lead after claiming top honours in round one at Croft. Morgan, who is a three-time John Button Memorial Trophy winner, is continuing to work behind the scenes in his Hastings workshop to build a new engine for his rear-wheel drive Ford Escort.

Morgan will be challenged at the front of the field this weekend by Barry Stewart, who will compete in his Porsche 911 – the very car that carried Swede Rolf Nilsson to victory in the first British Rallycross Grand Prix at another historical rallycross venue in Kent, Brands Hatch, in 1982.

Toyota MR2 racer Paul Easterbrook made his Retro Rallycross debut at round one and finished fourth, he will be back in action this weekend at Lydden Hill, where he made his return to the sport last season.

Stewart Bowes finished on the overall Retro podium at Croft and claimed top spot in the upto 1600cc sub division. He will be hoping for more giant-killing antics this weekend with his Mini Clubman, joined by the similar car of Lance Foster, who had a troubled day at Croft and will be hoping for better fortune from his trip to Lydden, where he has shone in the past.

Long-time Retro Rallycross competitor Paul Smith, who has spent much of his life in the rallycross arena, will compete in his Volkswagen Polo. Like Morgan, the Midlands driver is also working on a new engine setup for his car.

Two new drivers will join the Retro Rallycross Championship grid at Lydden, both at the helm of rear-wheel drive Fords. Mark Richardson will compete in his thundering Ford Sierra, while experienced RX150 rallycross competitor Kevin Feeney will race the Ford Escort MkII that Tony Bardy drove in the Live Action Arena at the Autosport International Show in January, where Retro Rallycross was part of a 50 years of rallycross demonstration.

paul smith and lance foster

“It’s wonderful to have Barry back in the Porsche this weekend, along with all of our regular drivers. It’s going to be a great event,” said Retro Rallycross Promoter, Shirley Gibson. “I’m really delighted to welcome Mark and Kevin to the Retro Rallycross family this weekend too. They both have great cars that should suit the fast Lydden Hill circuit well. We’re all enjoying the 50th anniversary of our amazing sport and hopefully we’ll get some glorious Bank Holiday weather on Monday to show rallycross at its best and entertain the crowds”

( All photos ©Trev Coulson/Retro Rallycross)

2017 Retro Rallycross Championship: Lydden Hill Entry List (April 17):

Super Retro (over 1600cc):

105 Kevin Feeney – Ford Escort
114 Ray Morgan – Ford Escort
166 Barry Stewart – Porsche 911
217 Mark Richardson – Ford Sierra
360 Paul Easterbrook – Toyta MR2

Retro Rallycross (up to 1600cc):

45 Lance Foster – Mini
57 Paul Smith – Volkswagen Polo
172 Stewart Bowes – Mini