Reigning British Rallycross Champion Pat Doran will miss the Lydden Hill round of the championship which will be held on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Doran has suffered a back injury, which has forced him out of what is classed as one of the iconic events of British Rallycross, the August Bank Holiday meeting.

It will come as a big blow, as Doran had boosted his chances of retaining his crown with a superb victory at Mallory Park earlier this month.

Nevertheless, the championship works on the basis of the best eight rounds worth of points through the season, meaning that if Doran can recover from the injury in good time, and compete in the remaining two rounds, then he still has a chance at the title.

Doran’s car will race at Lydden, but with son Liam at the wheel. Liam has spent the season competing in the European Rallycross Championship, and in doing so, became the first Brit to win a round in the series in some 18 years.

Speaking of his withdrawal from the Lydden Hill round, Pat Doran said “Obviously missing the Lydden event is not good for my championship position but I can’t compete as I am and the best thing to do is to miss this one and concentrate on being fit to race at Blyton in September. I’ll just have to be focused on trying to catch up whatever I lose by not racing at Lydden”.