LLEWELLIN TO STAR IN RX150 OUT­ING Welsh ral­ly­ing icon takes on buggy rac­ing with event at Pem­brey

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge Pho­tos: Hal Ridge, mkpics.net and Colin Casser­ley Re­sults

Welsh rally leg­end Dai Llewellin will make his rallycross de­but at the third and fourth rounds of the British Rallycross Cham­pi­onship at Pem­brey next month.

Llewellin tested an RX150 buggy at the cir­cuit last week and will race the cat­e­gory’s celebrity car at the dou­ble­header week­end.

“The buggy was a lot bet­ter than I thought it was go­ing to be,” said Llewellin. “It makes you smile, they are bloody quick. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it or not, so I wanted to try it out first, but now I am sure.”

The Welsh­man has lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence of rac­ing against other cars and ex­pects the wheel-to-wheel ac­tion to be his big­gest chal­lenge: “I have done a cou­ple of races be­fore, years ago. That was in the RS2000 chal­lenge in a guest car. I qual­i­fied on pole and I fin­ished the race eighth, you know with cars ev­ery­where and you’re just not used to it. In ral­ly­ing we’re on our own, so the rac­ing will be the most dif­fi­cult part for me.”

Llewellin says the du­al­sur­face for­mat of rallycross isn’t a prob­lem to get used to.

“I can drive the buggy, and the gravel parts suit me great,” he said. “I don’t mind the change in sur­faces, be­cause I’m very con­fi­dent go­ing onto the gravel and go­ing onto the Tar­mac you’ve got more grip any­way. I think if there’s any­where that I can re­ally use my ex­pe­ri­ence from ral­ly­ing it’s ac­tu­ally go­ing on to the gravel, but hav­ing the cars around me is def­i­nitely the big­gest chal­lenge.”

Llewellin’s son, Ben, also tested an RX150 and could po­ten­tially also make a rallycross ap­pear­ance.

Last year, GT Academy grad­u­ate and Nis­san works driver Jann Mar­den­bor­ough drove an RX150 at the Welsh event and fin­ished third in the fi­nal, be­hind Chrissy Palmer and Stephen Jones. World Rallycross driver Ja­nis Bau­ma­nis drove the car at the sec­ond round of the British se­ries re­cently at Ly­d­den Hill and fin­ished sec­ond to se­ries leader Palmer.

Llewellin will drive the RX150 Llewellin has tested the RX150 buggy

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