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The Britpart Freelander Challenge.

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Pat Masters Freelander winner on round 3 at Forrest Estate.

Next Round - Ceri, Mid Wales. 22 / 23 July 2017.

Freelander in Myherin
  Gary Simpson. Graham White, Freelander winner in Ceri 2016..

The next round takes us to Ceri which sits on the Kerry Ridgeway.
The Kerry Ridgeway is a long distance footpath, part of which runs through Ceri Forest.

The Kerry Ridgeway's origins are lost in the mists of time but it is older than the Iron Age and Dark Ages earthworks which cut its line.

The ridgeway has a long tradition as a trade and drovers route from Wales to the lowland English markets. Last used regularly by cattle and sheep drovers some 150 years ago, the ancient highway forges a track through airy heather moors, cool woodlands and breezy bilberry-rich heaths.

This is our second visit to this site, but one that has been used for many years for stage rally's.

The site.

This is going to be a tough one! A route of around five or six miles, most of which is straight up (or down) depending on your direction of travel and posibly quite a few airborne bits.
This course will be a joy to those who delight in the technical stuff. This event is one where skill will overcome pure power.

Last year we had 7 entries in the Freelander Challenge, all finished with a time.

The service and Rally HQ are all located together within two adjoining quarries. There is plenty of room as long as everyone parks sensibly.
Camping is free, but you must vacate the site Sunday evening, also there is no water on site.

The Location.

The best route to the venue is from the A49 at Craven Arms join the B4368 or from the A488 join the B4368 at Clun. Follow the road until you reach Anchor then leave the B4368 and head north to the venue.
You are advised to use this route as most other options involve steep drops and climbs along roads designed for horse and cart.

A map showing the access route can be found here please scroll down, there are two maps on this page.


A small fee will be charged for the use of NRW land for camping, this will be collected at signing on.
Please clear up all your rubbish when you leave, we do wish to return to this site next year.

Freelander in Myherin
  Gary Simpson. Nic Lines in Scotland.

The Timetable

  Gary Simpson. Alex Howard wins Forrest Lodge 2016.

The site is open from Friday afternoon.
You can get your vehicle scrutineered and your documentation sorted, late afternoon and early evening on Friday before heading off for your BBQ. You may, if you wish, walk the course to check out the tricky bits, many competitors bring bicycles for this, but any form of motorised transport is forbidden.

Saturday kicks off with documentation and scrutineering at 0730 hrs for those who missed the Friday's session.
At 0830 hrs there will be a non competitive convoy run of the course, this together with the stage map, which will be issued at documentation, will reduce the number of surprises and make your runs a little safer.

Drivers briefing will be at 0930 hrs, it is mandatory that you attend this.

The first competitive run of the day starts at 1000 hrs and is in seeded order. After the first run, you may then return to the start for your subsequent runs at a time of your choice. The number of runs and your final run time for the day will be announced after the first run.
The day normally finishes late afternoon. Sunday's timetable is an hour earlier with the first competitive run at 0900 hrs.


You may take a passenger around with you. Your passenger will have to sign on with the entries secretary and be a valid club member. This is a nice way to say thanks to sponsors, or as a treat for friends and family. If they are not used to motorsport it would be prudent to ensue that they have a very light breakfast !

So why not join us, or just spectate on one of our rounds, please note some rounds are not open to spectators, please check the spectator page on this site.

Results from round 3.

PosCar noCompetitorTime Total Champ Pts
1111 Pat Masters/Colin Batten02:48:30165
2117 Ian Linford/TBA02:51:3757
3114Ian Morson/Vicki Morsen03:06:35133
4118Michael Wilson/Ian Letman03:39:2499
5119Mike Smith/Colin Pote03:51:2698
115 Graham White/Martin Cooper02:48:30110
112Alex Howard/George Fleming02:58:1752
113 Richard Roberts/Richard Blears 43
116 Brian Chase/Benoit Le Gendre2

What is the Britpart Freelander Challenge.

Race to Recovery in the Freelander Challenge
  Gary Simpson.   Race to Recovery team.

The Freelander Challenge first ran in 2011 and was the brain child of Selwyn Kendrick and Chris Ratter.
Many of the competitors in the BCCC run costly high performance machines, 5 litres and 500 bhp is not unusual.
Obviously this does not help to encourage newcomers to the sport. A low cost alternative was needed.
The Freelander Challenge is a production class, that is they are "street legal" machines with the only modifications being those required by the MSA to ensure an acceptable level of safety. These vehicles could be used for the family shopping on a Friday and rallying across the moors of Scotland on the Saturday.

The Britpart Freelander Challenge brings a level playing field to our sport. All cars will be identical, only the skill of the driver and navigator will make the difference needed to get in the points.

The Freelander Challenge runs with the BCCC and competitors will use the same route. To qualify for a Championship position you will need to complete 4 of the 6 rounds of the BCCC.
The Freelander Challenge has seperate regulations which may be downloaded from the RHS of this page.
These show the permitted modifications you may make to the vehicle and the tyres you may use.
You will need a minimum Nat B (Non Race) Cross Country Competition Licence. your passenger needs only to be a valid club member and to have signed on with the Entries Secretary.

Join the fun in 2017.

  Gary Simpson.       Graham White and Martin Cooper.

Since the inception of the Britpart Freelander Challenge in 2011, it has grown steadily year on year. The appeal to many is the low cost of the vehicle, any standard Freelander needs only to be compliant with the safety requirements of our governing body, the MSA, and you are good to go.

Competitors need a minimum Nat B (Non Race) Cross Country Competition Licence. any passengers need only to be a valid club member and sign on with our entries secretary.

You may test the water by entering a round as a clubman, or bite the bullet and sign up for the championship, either way you will be made most welcome by "the gang". More importantly much good advice can be gained.

The locations of our events is listed on the RHS of this page. Four rounds in Wales with round 3 in Dumfries and Galloway and round 5 in Dorset.
At each round you will have free camping, toilets and on most rounds a burger bar.
The service areas for most rounds is large and level, however on some it can be a bit cramped. Usually the service area is close to the start and the notice board in rally HQ will give up to date times for each round.

These are family friendly events with most competitors bringing their wives and children and of course the BBQ for the evening get together.

Most of our officials and marshals travel to all the events which creates great camaraderie.

How to join us.

Freelander  Gary Simpson.    

Our Entries Secretary is your first port of call. She can provide you with all the information you need and point you in the right direction for further advice.
For all your technical information contact our Championship Scrutineer Vic Palmer, details for both are on the LHS of this page.

If you are uncertain why not come along to an event and meet "the gang" you will get a lot of good advice, then, why not just enter for a weekend and test the water ?

The Freelander Challenge can offer you twice the mileage of a stage rally at around half the cost and it's a lot more fun.

Still undecided ? then why not check out our Facebook page, the YouTube page and the Blog. All the links are on the RHS of this page.

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Freelander Challenge Websites.

Event Officials.

Clerk of Course.
Roberto Aliperti.
07816 135 238

Deputy Clerk of Course
Terry Day.
07748 465059

Deputy Clerk of Course &
Communications Officer.

Phil Turley.
07530 366114

Chief Marshal.
Jerry Herbert.
02920 514114
079899 68992

Secretary of Meeting.
& Entries Secretary

Lilian Turley
Oakdene, 32 Park Road
Berry Hill, Coleford
Gloucestershire GL16 7QU
01594 810161, 07896 967 443

Eligibility Scrutineer.
Vic Palmer.
0785 077 6247

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2017 BCCC Timetable.

8 - 9 April.
Round 1, Myherin, Tarenig.

13 - 14 May.
Round 2, Radnor Forest.

3 - 4 June.
Round 3, Forest Estate, Scotland

22 - 23 July.
Round 4, Ceri.

9 - 10 September.
Round 5, Bovington South

21 - 22 October.
Round 6, Walters Arena

Motors TV Coverage.

28th April. 20.38hrs.
Round 1, Myherin.

2nd June. 21.13hrs.
Round 2, Radnor.

23rd June. 21.30hrs.
Round 3, Forrest Estate

11th August. 22.14hrs.
Round 4, Ceri.

29th September. 21.48hrs.
Round 5, Bovington

10th November. 21.23hrs
Round 6, Walters Arena