Top Gear Rally Cross Track
Ovenden Allworks were asked by the BBC to modify the famous top gear track. These changes included adding a Rally Cross element to test the driver’s ability on a multi surfaced lap.
Ovenden Allworks director Tristan Ovenden, using his knowledge and experience as the reigning British swift rally cross champion worked closely with the racing father and son duo Pat and Liam Doran, who own the local FIA approved Rally Cross track, Lydden Hill to design the new track.
The exciting track includes special new features such as a jump, constructed of cement bound material to give it extra strength and a concrete dish water splash to keep the drivers minds concentrated.
This project presented Allworks with a challenge due to a tight schedule that was further compounded by the track being in almost constant use by other drivers, but by working closely with Dunsfold Aerodrome and the BBC we coordinated our works so that we were able to complete the works on time, ready for the new series.
This was doneby working through the nights to gain access to the track, with a special focus remaining on keeping the track clean and tidy to not disrupt the racing the next morning.
These works were completed using Ovenden Allworks’ sister company Ovenden Plant Hire’s machines, including excavators, dump trucks, both wheeled and tracked to suit the extremely wet conditions and roller.
To ensure the track was suitable Tristan Ovenden, the British Suzuki Swift Rallycross Champion, brought his car to test the different elements of the track during construction.
Experience how it feels to race around the new track with this 360° video inside the Mini used in Top Gear’s ‘Star in a Rallycross car’.