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Round 9 – Croft Circuit – Paige
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BELLERBY SISTERS WIN IN WALES
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Paige Bellerby is leading the Super National category at the end of round 1 - Phot/Marcus Andrews Media ©

Paige Bellerby is leading the Super National category at the end of round 1 - Phot/Marcus Andrews Media ©

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Drew Bellerby raced for the first time in the BMW Mini Championship at Croft last Sunday 19th March photo/Marcus Andrews Media ©

The opening round of the 2-17 Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship took place at Croft circuit near Darlington last Sunday 19th March – With a mixed bag of results for Paige and Drew Bellerby.

Paige Bellerby is leading the Super National category at the end of round 1 - Phot/Marcus Andrews Media ©

Paige Bellerby is leading the Super National category at the end of round 1 – Phot/Marcus Andrews Media ©

Drew started her first event of the BMW Mini Rallycross Championship against stiff opposition, but nevertheless drove with increasing confidence to a promising grid position in the Mini Final.  A strong opening lap saw her lying fourth, before disaster struck at the Chicane after Hawthorn, when she was punted into a damaging spin by the car chasing her.  Her attack blighted, she set off in dogged pursuit of the pack, only to be further delayed by a slow puncture.  Her only reward was a 5th place in the Championship table, where Drew is determined to improve on this for the next round at Lydden Hill circuit on Easter Monday (April 17.

Paige Bellerby, had a succession of fastest times, and qualification wins placing her on the front row of the the semi-final.  Her nearest challenger (Ash Simpson), also driving a Lotus Exige, is a long-time friend but also staunch rival. Paige’s best two lap times were each more than a second ahead of Ash’s.

Four largely drama free quali heats saw Paige installed on pole position for the 6 lap final, and a blistering start saw her almost half a dozen car-lengths clear of the pursuing pack before she even needed to brake into Clerveaux .   Then Simpson set off in determined pursuit with Alan Tapscott (Vauxhall Corsa) chasing hard, and by the third lap was challenging Paige at every twist and turn.  A tense two laps had the sizable crowd on the edge of their seats when on the last lap Simpson made  a desperate lunge to take Paige on the outside of the Hairpin – but Paige’s nerve, and line, held steady and he spun off, leaving Paige a clear run to the chequered flag and maximum championship points.

Next event – 17 April – Lydden Hill

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