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Lightning Rod thunders to 250th Brands Hatch victory

Monday, September 09 2019

Local racer Rod Birley stormed to an astonishing 250th victory at Brands Hatch last weekend, following two wins at the Brands Hatch Ford Power Live event behind the wheel of his iconic Ford Escort WRC.

This was just the latest record for the West Kingsdown racer, who became the UK's leading all-time race-winner just two years ago, and has now won no fewer than 658 motor races. Birley has claimed the lion's share of his race wins behind the wheel of Ford machinery, ranging from the Capri he raced in the 1970s right up to the Escort he races most frequently today.

Two strong performances in the Escort in last weekend's Ford All-Comers races were enough to take Birley to his latest landmark, and with 347 wins to his name in that particular car he'll be aiming to claim his 350th behind its wheel before the end of this year. 

More than 90% of Birley's racing success has come behind the wheel of Ford machinery and these victories only add to that record. 'Lightning Rod' is showing no signs of slowing down in his mid-'60s so you can be almost certain that he'll be celebrating for years to come at Brands Hatch.