Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Will Rallycross Ace Ian Become the Raining Champion at Croft?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Will Rallycross Ace Ian Become the Raining Champion at Croft?

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Byline: NEAL'S ON WHEELS Motorsport news with Martin Neal

IF the weather's nice leading up to Croft Circuit's big clubman's rallycross later this month, don't be surprised to see Ian Horn doing a rain dance!

The Stokesley driver won the 1600cc eight-valve production class in last year's BTRDA Championship meeting at his local track.

And he'll be back behind the wheel of his Vauxhall Nova when Darlington and District Motor Club stage the final round of the this season's Autosport International BTRDA National Championship at Croft on Sunday, November 15.

But this time he won't be in the production class, but in the historic section along with some other far more powerful machinery.

He's switching classes to support the historic class, of which he has long since been a passionate advocate, and so that the drivers chasing title glory on the production grid can battle it out without his interference - especially as double points are up for grabs this weekend.

"I've been harping on about retro rallycross for ages," said Horn, "so I thought it would be a good opportunity to support it.

"We're not split into different classes, we all run together so I'll be in my Nova with 101bhp against the likes of Terry Maynard in his 450bhp Triumph TR 8. "I'm hoping it rains! That will level it out a bit and the drivers in the more powerful cars might not fancy throwing it into the corners.

"It also means I can give the drivers who have been battling for the title all year the chance to fight it out without me in the way.

"I'm not saying I would win my class but I did last year and I'd have a good chance again, I think, and I wouldn't want to stop someone winning the championship."

Horn admitted before last year's meeting that he wasn't sure if he still had the appetite for rallycross.

He's not competed in the sport since, but he's back for more this time and says he still hasn't made up his mind about his future.

"I was going to retire and I probably will at some point," he said. …

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