Cambridgeshire farmer Dominic Flitney will compete in the Supercar class of the 2020 Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy Presented by Cooper Tires in a Flitspeed-built Subaru Impreza RX Supercar.
Flitney has taken an unusual route into rallycross over the course of the last few seasons. Five years ago during a day out at Santa Pod Raceway with his family, he was given the chance to try out the Autotest handling circuit where his attempt led to him reaching the top eight on the day and being invited to take part in the ‘Last Chance Qualifiers’ of the Gymkhana Grid in Northamptonshire later that summer.
A few weeks later he found himself competing against the likes of Ken Block, Shane Lynch and Nicolas Hamilton where he finished fourth in the Final for standard cars using his road-going Subaru Impreza. He even went head to head with Ken Block who ploughed his Mustang into the barriers at turn one!
From there, Fltney was then invited to participate in the all-wheel-drive class at the Essen Motor Show which he won and then was also chosen to take part in at the Scottish Gymkhana and Formula G events where he went on to win one and finish as runner up in the other.
“I know it’s an unusual way to come into motorsport, and it certainly wasn’t planned when I entered the Autotest at Santa Pod,” said Flitney. “It started off as just a bit of fun, but it ended up giving me the bug for rallycross. I know the Subaru is not a traditional rallycross car and we don’t have 600bhp to play with like the others.” explained Flitney.
2018 then saw him take the leap into Rallycross in the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship where he finished sixth in his first-ever event at Lydden Hill – the same place where he’ll compete in the opeining round of the 2020 season.
He then went on to complete a full season last year with him finishing on the took podium in seven of the nine rounds and finished the season just four points behind Champion Tom Constantine.
He continued: “However, it’s a car in which I feel very comfortable and I’m hoping the past two seasons in Swifts mean I’ll be able to compete with the very best in 5 Nations BRX. My father Ian and my brother Jason have worked with me to build this car, so it’s been a bit of a labour of love and as a family, it’s been very rewarding. After all this time I’m now really excited to finally be going racing.”
The Supercars class will be competing over four rounds alongside the Super 1600, Supernational, BMW Mini, Suzuki Swift, Junior, Retros, 4WD/GpB and RX150 championships in 2020 at circuits including Lydden, Knockhill, Pembrey and Mondello Park.