Ray­mond goes through the roof with Lites vic­tory

Motor Sport News - - Dan Wheldon -

Cyril Ray­mond rolled his RX Lites Cup car on the open­ing day at Lydden Hill. While ly­ing up­side down in the joker lap sec­tion, he couldn’t have been fur­ther from claim­ing his first vic­tory in the sin­gle-make cat­e­gory on Sun­day.

How­ever, the French­man qual­i­fied sec­ond at the in­ter­me­di­ate clas­si­fi­ca­tion, and won his semi-fi­nal and fi­nal to take the RX Lites points lead.

Cham­pi­onship pro­tag­o­nist Thomas Bryntes­son climbed from the back of the grid in the fi­nal to fin­ish sec­ond, with Si­mon Olof­s­son third.

MSA Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship leader Dan Rooke made his in­ter­na­tional ral­ly­cross de­but in the di­vi­sion.

He im­proved through­out the week­end and by the semi-fi­nals was on the pace of the reg­u­lars, but couldn’t find a way past the third place fin­isher in semi-fi­nal one and missed out on a place in the fi­nal as a re­sult.

In the Su­per1600 cat­e­gory, Hun­gar­ian Krisz­tian Sz­abo (Skoda Fabia) avoided first-cor­ner con­tact be­tween Ernes­tas Staponkus (VW Polo) and Timur Shi­ga­but­di­nov (Re­nault Twingo) to lead through­out. Twingo man Ar­tis Bau­ma­nis fin­ished sec­ond with Josef Susta’s Skoda Fabia scor­ing a maiden podium in third.

Bri­tish Su­per1600 pace­set­ter Phil Chicken (Citroen) fin­ished high­est of the three Bri­tish driv­ers in 18th, while reign­ing na­tional cham­pion Craig Lo­max fin­ished 22nd in his Citroen.

Michael Boak re­tired af­ter two laps of prac­tice af­ter los­ing oil pres­sure in his Citroen C2.

Cyril Ray­mond hit back from rolling on Satur­day to take the RX Lites Cup lau­rels (and points lead) on Sun­day

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