Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SEEING EURO STARS; Drivers Race for the Title Neal's on Wheels

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SEEING EURO STARS; Drivers Race for the Title Neal's on Wheels

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Byline: Martin Neal

THE UK's biggest rallycross meeting for more than a decade takes place this weekend when the Get Connected! SG Petch Rallycross Superprix roars into action at Croft Circuit.

The annual two-day extravaganza is British rallycross fans' only opportunity to see top European drivers in action.

Stein Egil Jenssen returns for another assault on the Superprix title, this time at the wheel of an ex-Guttorm Lindefjell Ford Focus in the Division One category.

The Norwegian is joined Finland's Silvo Viitanen (Ford Focus) who finished fourth in the Finnish Championship.

Polish drivers Witek Starobart (Ford Focus) and Lukasz Kabacinski (Subaru Impreza) will also be among the record-breaking entry of 115 cars - 21 of them in Division One.

Irishmen Ollie O'Donovan (Peugeot 306) and Christopher Evans (Opel Astra) add to the international flavour and both could well be in with a shout of landing the prestigious title on Sunday afternoon.

Heading the home challenge are Rallycross Open champion 'Mad' Mark Watson from nearby Barnard Castle in his Citroen Xsara and Tony Bell (Toyota Corolla) from Ferryhill who won the Best of British final at Croft in July.

Scotch Corner preparation expert Tony Bardy is scheduled to drive a Citroen C4 on his annual sortie while Leeming Bar's Kevin Procter has his eyes on victory in the ex-Jos Kuypers Ford Focus he took to victory in the recent British Championship round at Pembrey.

Norwegian Ola Froshaug will return to try and win the Super National title after his Volvo S40 hit mechanical problems while leading last year.

However, thrill-a-minute local hero Dave Bellerby (Lotus Exige) will be among the drivers looking to keep the crown closer to home.

After finishing fourth overall in the European Championship, Irishman Derek Tohill (Honda Civic Type R) leads a Procar 2000 field which includes several European competitors plus Great Ayton's Ian Horn (Renault Megane), in his first event for a year. …

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