Night racing returns to the British Championship at Lydden Hill. The Kent circuit will host a double header event in November with 1 day’s action in December to round out the season.
The second and third rounds of the 2020 British Rallycross season have been confirmed. Organisers have announced the November meeting on 7th and 8th will be a double header event with the racing going late into Saturday under floodlights. The season finale on December 19th will also be run under the flood lights due to the early sunset at that time of the year. These mark the first night races for the British championship since 2011. In Blyton Park’s last inclusion in the series to date the finals and Superfinal were held after sunset. Kevin Procter won both races.
For the first time since 2017 a Superfinal will be held after the final race of the season. This is akin to the Grand Prix style format where after the season finale drivers of all classes can battle it out for overall honours. This will not score points towards any championship but will be for those fastest during the days running. On November 7th cars will take to the circuit from 9am until 6pm with sunset at 4:15pm. Sunday’s track action will take place between 10:30am and 4pm. There will be a Fireworks display shortly after Saturday’s races to round out the first night race in over 10 years. Motorsport UK has already issued a permit for the meeting. It is yet to be confirmed what the timetable will be for the December meeting. With the floodlights still to be used, track action could conclude around 6pm as well.
Competitor entries will be limited to ensure all track action can take place in the limited schedule. Priority will be given to those in attendance at the opening round. Back in August the opening day’s running overran and pushed several sessions back onto the Monday. Supernational was forced to split Q2 across Sunday and Monday as time ran out after the first heat.
Double header formats are not uncommon with 2 race weekends last season using them. However, Lydden Hill rarely utilises them instead opting for extra qualifying sessions across the weekend. The last time 2 supercar finals were held on the same weekend at the Kent circuit was back in 2009. On that occasion the Belgian Championship ran their event on Sunday with the British series holding a separate event the following day. Jochen Coox won the Belgium encounter with Pat Doran the leading Brit in third. Kevin Procter took victory on the Bank Holiday Monday ahead of Liam Doran, though Doran Senior came first in the Superfinal.
Spectators are still expected for the event though will again be limited in numbers. Tickets sold out in the week leading up to the event but it remains to be seen if similar numbers of people can be in attendance. Mark Donnelly leads the championship by 1 points. His only supercar experience has been at Lydden Hill which should help him in his fight for the championship. Julian Godfrey holds second place with Ollie O’Donovan a further three back on 10.
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