Bri­tish Rallycross Cham­pi­onship: Pem­brey

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge

Or­gan­iser: BARC/ LHMC When: May 1/2 Starters: 78

Kevin Proc­ter and Ju­lian God­frey took a win a piece at the dou­ble­header Bri­tish Rallycross Cham­pi­onship event at Pem­brey, but it was Dan Rooke who left the Welsh cir­cuit with the se­ries lead.

In wet con­di­tions, God­frey qual­i­fied on pole po­si­tion for the Su­per­car fi­nal on Sun­day and ran side-by-side with Rooke on the first lap. The lat­ter then ran wide on the loose sec­tion, al­low­ing sec­ond row starter Proc­ter into sec­ond, which be­came first when God­frey too made a mis­take. Proc­ter con­trolled his own pace at the front, while Dave Bellerby, who had started on the out­side of the front row, climbed to sec­ond and pres­sured Proc­ter mid-race, un­til drop­ping back be­hind Rooke on lap three. God­frey dropped to the back of the pack but fought back to fourth.

Proc­ter’s win pro­moted him to the head of the cham­pi­onship ta­ble, two points ahead of Rooke, but the Ford Fi­esta driver re­tired from the first qual­i­fy­ing race of round four the next day, which put him out of the event.

God­frey again qual­i­fied on pole on day two, with the cir­cuit be­ing run in the more tra­di­tional di­rec­tion, but it was Ol­lie O’dono­van who made the best launch into the first cor­ner and led on lap one, un­der sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure from God­frey be­hind.

O’dono­van – who had re­tired in prac­tice on day one with a blown en­gine – made a mis­take on lap two and con­ceded the lead to God­frey. The five-time Bri­tish cham­pion then pulled out a sub­stan­tial lead.

Rooke had been fastest in the first qual­i­fy­ing race of the day and led his semi-fi­nal, but dropped to fourth with a holed ex­haust man­i­fold. He started the fi­nal but pulled off.

Guy Cor­ner and Paige Bellerby each won a fi­nal in Su­per­na­tional, while Nathan Heath­cote and Si­mon Oven­den took a win each in the Swift Sport fi­nals. For­mer Bri­tish Rally cham­pion David Llewellin fin­ished third in the RX150 fi­nal in round three, but his son, Ben, fin­ished ahead of him in sec­ond. Both were be­hind se­ries leader Chrissy Palmer, who won again on Mon­day.

It was Llewellin’s youngest son Tom who starred. The rallycross rookie im­pressed by win­ning the Ju­nior fi­nal in both events.

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