Supercar victories for O’Donovan, Pucher and Borseth
by Hal Ridge |
Irishman Ollie O’Donovan (Ford Fiesta) won the seventh round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill, in a day dominated by mist and rain. O’Donovan started on the second row of the grid in the final but made the best start to take the lead at the first corner. He survived a last lap puncture and held off Kevin Procter (Ford Fiesta) to win. Procter, using a two-litre engine for the first time in his ex-Super2000 Fiesta finished second having started on pole position thanks to two fastest heat times. Andy Scott (Peugeot 208) passed championship leader Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta) on the last lap to finish third, with Godfrey fourth, Pat Doran (Citroen DS3) fifth and B-final winner Mark Flaherty (Ford Focus) sixth.
Dan Rooke (Citroen AX) won the SuperNational category and extended his championship lead. Title rival Gareth Wood (Ford KA) started on pole position and finished second while Gary Simpson (BMW E36) completed the podium. Championship leader Tristan Ovenden won the Swift Sport category ahead of Darren Scott and Aiden Hills, while Drew Bellerby survived a second heat crash to win the Junior Swift category ahead of Bradley Durdin and Thomas Constantine.
Marc Scott won the RX150 division and is just two points behind Chrissy Palmer in the title race, while FIA World Rallycross Championship star Reinis Nitiss made a guest appearance in the buggy category and finished second ahead of series leader Palmer. World RX TV commentator Andrew Coley finished fifth on his Lydden Hill debut. Craig Lomax (Citroen C2) won in Super1600, Rob Gibson (MG Metro 6R4) won the Retro Rallycross final and Tomasz Marciniak (Citroen Saxo) claimed victory in Hot Hatch.
The third round of the Norwegian Rallycross Championship was held at Gardermoen, where Drive For Life founder Knut Ove Borseth (Ford Focus) returned to the driving seat and beat Ole Kristian Temte (Citroen C4) in the two-car Supercar final. In the lead SuperNational category, Herbjorn Haug (Mercedes-Benz) claimed victory ahead of Rune Engesvoll (Lexus) and Stian Haugen (Citroen Xsara). In SuperNational Two, Steinar Stokka (Mazda) led home the similar car of Erik Svartas, while Thomas Harberg (Citroen) won SuperNational One. Julius Slatlem won in Shortcar, while Kenneth Kristiansen (Volvo) won the RCN Two division and Atle Aamodt (Ford Fiesta) claimed the RCN One final. In the Junior Rallycross Cup, Marius Bermingrud (Honda) won ahead of Sindre Biksrud (Volkswagen) and Olemarkus H.Jorgen (Volkswagen).
World Rallycross driver Max Puncher (Ford Fiesta) won the fifth round of the Rallycross Challenge Europe at Melk in Austria, which was amalgamated with the fifth round of the Austrian Rallycross Championship and the sixth round of the fifth round of the Czech championship. Roman Stepanenko (Citroen C4) finished second and continues to lead the championship, while Hungarian Kornel Lukas (Skoda Fabia) finished third. Egor Sanin (Renault Clio) claimed his fourth victory in a row in Super1600 ahead of Sven Seeliger (Ford Fiesta) and Artis Baumanis (Renault Twingo), while Roman Castoral continued his domination of the SuperTouringCars- category. Fellow Czech driver Jakub Bittman (Peugeot 206) joined Castoral on the podium. Belgian Steve Volders (Ford Escort) won the SuperTouringCars- final, ahead of Karel Vaclavik (VW Golf) and Filip Vanderheyden (Volvo S40)
The ninth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place this weekend at Loheac in France, where World Touring Car Championship star Yvan Muller (Peugeot 208) will race for Albatec Racing, while Francois Duval will compete in a similar car run by Pailler Competition. Steven Bossard will make his International Supercar debut in Alexander Hvaal’s Citroen DS3. Guy Wilks (Mini RX) and Guerlain Chicherit (Mini RX) will race for the JRM Racing team in a field full of French championship stars.
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