Pho­tos: Ivan San­som, Colin Casser­ley and Hal Ridge

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - Dun­can Stephens By Hal Ridge

Swedish GT driver Mikaela Ah­lin-kottulinsky is tar­get­ing more out­ings in the RX150 cat­e­gory of the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing her de­but in the se­ries at Maas­meche­len in Bel­gium last week­end.

Ah­lin-kottulinsky, who usu­ally races an Audi R8 in the Ger­man ADAC GT Mas­ters se­ries, was fourth fastest in the event’s open­ing free prac­tice but re­tired from Q1 when her RX150 lost a right-rear wheel.

Start­ing on the back row of the grid for the fi­nal, the Swede jumped to third at the first cor­ner but out-braked her­self on the third lap and dropped to fourth, where she fin­ished.

“The week­end started off quite bad, we had some prob­lems but I was so amazed by my start in the fi­nal and I drove re­ally well apart from one mis­take,” she said.

“It’s very dif­fer­ent to a cir­cuit race car but it was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence and good for me to change driv­ing style.

“I think it re­ally de­vel­ops you as a driver and I would love to race an RX150 again. Over­all I’m so happy and next time if I do another event, I think I can be on the podium.”

RX150 cham­pi­onship leader, for­mer For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val win­ner Chrissy Palmer, won the fi­nal ahead of Marc Scott.

GT racer switched Fe­male racer was fourth in Bel­gium

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