Wins for Procter, Godfrey, Eriksson, Carmellino & Chanoine
by Hal Ridge |
The first round of the RallyX Nordic Championship took place at Skovde in Sweden, alongside the opening round of the Swedish Touring Car Championship. Reigning champion Kevin Eriksson (Ford Fiesta) won the Supercar final ahead of Lukas Walfridson (Renault Clio) and Mats Ohman (Ford Fiesta), who is competing in an adapted OlsbergsMSE built Fiesta this season. Norwegian Morten Bermingrud (Ford Focus) finished fourth, with Irishman Derek Tohill (Ford Fiesta) fifth and Christer Dalmans (Ford Fiesta) sixth in a Hedstroms Motorsport run car. Tohill had initially won the first semi-final, but was docked two places for contact with Eriksson in the first corner.
Thomas Bryntesson was fastest all day in the Supercar Lites category at Skovde and won the final ahead of 2015 champion Tobias Brink and Kenyan Tejas Hirni, while William Nilsson put a torrid time in the RallyX on Ice series behind him to finish fourth. Oliver Eriksson and Simon Olofsson were classified fifth and sixth, but neither finished the final.
The first round of the French Rallycross Championship was held at Essay. Andrea Dubourg dominated the qualifying races to start the first semi-final from pole position, but a poor start hampered his cause and he finished fifth in the final, driving the brand new DA Racing Citroen DS3 on his Supercar debut. Fabien Chanoine (Renault Clio) won the Supercar final ahead of Super1600 star Laurent Chartrain (Citroen DS3) and Christophe Toy (Citroen DS3). Firmin Cadeddu finished fourth in the ex-Davy Jeanney / Jean-Baptiste Dubourg Citroen C4 ahead of Andrea Dubourg and Philippe Maloigne (Peugeot 208). Both Fabian Pailler (Peugeot 208) and Jonathan Pailler (Peugeot 208) failed to make the final.
Samuel Peu (Citroen Saxo) returned to the Super1600 category and duly won, ahead of Yvonnick Jagu (Audi A1) and Maximilien Eveno (Citroen C2). Christophe Saunois (Toyota Corolla) continued his domination of the category by winning all of the qualifying races, semi-final and final. Marc Morize (Peugeot 208) and Mathieu Trevian (Volkswagen Scirocco) completed the podium. In Division Four it was Stephane Hameau (Peugeot 306) who won with Guillaume Pinson (Renault Clio) and Kevin Jacquinet (Peugeot 207) completing the top three. In the Twingo R1 Cup Allan Mottais won with Tony Bardeau second and Nicolas Flon third.
Austrian Max Pucher extended his lead at the head of the FIA Central European Zone Rallycross Championship by finishing second in the fourth round of the series at Maggiora in Italy, which was also a round of the Rallycross Challenge Europe. Ivan Carmellino (Fiat Grande Punto) won the Supercar final head of Pucher, but was not registered for CEZ points, while Mandie August (Audi A3) finished on the podium again in her first year in Supercar. Alois Holler (Ford Focus) finished fourth with Mart Tikkerbar (Ford Fiesta) fifth and Natale Casalboni (Mitsubishi Evo) sixth. Stefano Serini (Renualt Clio) was the last of the finishers who completed the race, while Mark Flaherty (Ford Focus) crashed out. In the Super1600 category, Josef Susta (Skoda Fabia) won ahead of Vaclav Veverka (Peugeot 208). Marcel Suchy (Peugeot 206) made it three Czech drivers on the podium. Belgian driver Yves Teelen (Citroen Saxo) headed home compatriot Ivo Van deb Brant (Mitsubishi Colt) in the SuperTouringCar -2000 category, where for once it wasn’t Roman Castoral (Opel Astra) who won. The Czech driver finished fourth, behind Bruno Csormaz (Honda Civic). In the SuperTouringCar +2000 division, Filio Vanderhayden (Volvo S40) claimed victory with Steve Volders (Ford Escort) second and Karl Schadenhofer (VW Golf) third.
Kevin Procter (Ford Fiesta) and Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta) each won a round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship at Pembrey in South Wales, where for the first time in history the circuit was run in a different direction on each of the two days. Procter won the final in round three on Sunday, despite starting on the second row of the grid, capitalising on mistakes made by front row starters Godfrey, Dan Rooke (Citroen DS3) and Dave Bellerby (Ford Fiesta) on lap one. Rooke finished the final second with Bellerby third and Godfrey fourth. Pat Doran (Citroen C4) and Jack Thorne (Ford Fiesta) completed the top six.
Procter blew the engine in his Fiesta at the start of round four and was out while Godfrey won the final at a canter ahead of Ollie O’Donovan (Ford Focus) and Doran. Simon Horton (Subaru Impreza) finished fourth, Steve Hill (Mitsubishi Evo) was fifth and Andy Grant (Ford Focus) sixth. Rooke extended his lead in the championship standings.
Guy Corner (Peugeot 206) won the Supernational final in round three while Paige Bellerby (Lotus Exige) claimed the spoils in round four. Rallycross debutant Tom Llewellin won twice on his debut in the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship and Chrissy Palmer twice won in the RX150 category. Nathan Heathcote and Simon Ovenden each won a round of the Swift Rallycross Championship and brothers Kris and Keifer Hudson took a win apiece in the BMW Mini class. Phil Chicken (Citroen C2) won the Super1600 final in round three and Paul Coney (Vauxhall Corsa) won in round four. Barry Stewart (Porsche 911) twice won in the Retro Rallycross category and Citroen Saxo drivers Graham Rumsey and Tomasz Wielgosz both won in the Hot Hatch rallycross championship.
Jeff Ward has been announced driver for the SH Rallycross team in the Global Rallycross Championship this season, replacing the departing Nelson Piquet Jnr in the squad’s Ford Fiesta, while Lites driver Collet Davies has announced that she will join the Rhys Millen Racing team for 2016.
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