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1991 British Rallycross Grand Prix Preview

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1991 British Rallycross Grand Prix Preview

It’s difficult to believe that it is ten years since Rolf Nilsson emerged through the mist and rain to win the first British Rallycross Grand Prix. Difficult too, to believe the pace of technological development within rallycross during those ten years, the two wheel driven Porsche that Nilsson used to win with a decade ago may well struggle to match the fastest of the drivers in the 1991 Brands Hatch British Rallycross Grand Prix. However, ten years on, with Autoglass taking over the sponsorship and the cars going faster than ever.

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Pat Doran Interview

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Pat Doran Interview

For many years an ardent rally driver, Pat Doran suddenly switched to rallycross two years ago. In the beginning he made a bit of a name for himself as something of a wild man and someone to avoid at all costs. The midway through 1991 something radical happened and the driver from Walderslade became a respected member of the rallycross community and, moreover, a driver not only to watch, but beat.

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John Welch’s Vauxhall Astra Xtrac

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John Welch’s Vauxhall Astra Xtrac

At the beginning of 1987 it became obvious that the all-conquering Xtrac Escort had reached the end of development. John and his team looked towards the introduction of the new Rallycross regulations for 1988 before deciding on the nexr car to develop and race.

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1990 RAC British Rallycross Championship

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1990 RAC British Rallycross Championship

The 1990 RAC British Rallycross Championship was like a soap opera. There were five different winners in 11 rounds, an acrimonious split between Steve Palmer and his sponsor Practica Computers, drama supplied by John Welch’s blazing Vauxhall Astra at Cadwell Park and the departure of defending champion Michael Shield.

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1990 British Rallycross Grand Prix Contenders

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1990 British Rallycross Grand Prix Contenders

There is little now that has not been said about Schanche, now in his 45th year, Mr Rallycross is still as brilliant, impulsive and flamboyant as ever. This year has again seen the Norwegian’s RS200E chasing Matti Alamaki in the European Championship but Martin took four victories and also managed to take a victory over the Finn in a round of the Finnish Championship in the summer.

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1988 Brands Hatch British Rallycross Grand Prix

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1988 Brands Hatch British Rallycross Grand Prix

Motoquip sponsored the event for the seventh consecutive year and all the previous winners of the event were there; Rolf Nilsson, Olle Arneson, Martin Schanche, John Welch and last year’s victor Mikael Nordstrom.

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1987 Brands Hatch British Rallycross Grand Prix

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1987 Brands Hatch British Rallycross Grand Prix

A massive crowd braved the chilly December weather to see Mikael Nordstrom leading the sixth Motaquip British Rallycross Grand Prix from the front row in a confident run with his Ford RS200E. After a fraught last lap, it was Will Gollop who came through to 2nd in his Metro 6R4, just pipping season-long rival Mark Rennison’s RS200. This annual event is gaining in popularity, perhaps bourne out by the appearance of Jonathan Palmer, running in John Welch’s Xtrac and finishing 1st in the ‘B’ final, a place in the ‘A’ final and ‘Driver of the Day’ award.

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