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).
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 Swift Rallycross’s Sarah Watson – 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 Sport 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 Sport and Pat Doran at Lydden Hill 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.”
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.
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