BRI­TISH RAL­LY­CROSS ROOKE IS KING OF THE HILL – AGAIN HAL RIDGE

Ly­d­den Hill MN’S RAL­LY­CROSS REPORTER “Loeb has the power to draw a au­di­ence”

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Cham­pi­onship leader Dan Rooke pro­duced yet an­other ex­em­plary per­for­mance to win the sixth round of the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship at Ly­d­den Hill and fur­ther ex­tend his lead in the points race with two rounds re­main­ing.

Rooke, who suf­fered a punc­ture in the open­ing qualifying race, qual­i­fied sec­ond at the In­ter­me­di­ate Clas­si­fi­ca­tion to ti­tle-ri­val Ju­lian God­frey.

While God­frey won semi-fi­nal one, Rooke stormed to vic­tory in semi-fi­nal two to claim pole po­si­tion for the fi­nal with God­frey along­side and Ir­ish­man Ol­lie O’dono­van start­ing on the out­side of the front row.

As the lights went out, Rooke made a good launch but was matched by God­frey, who tried a move around the out­side at turn one.

It didn’t work and the five­time cham­pion was forced onto the out­side of the cor­ner. That al­lowed Dave Bellerby and Steve Hill up the in­side into sec­ond and third.

Be­hind, O’dono­van broke a drive­shaft in the open­ing cor­ners af­ter tak­ing the joker lap and dropped to the back.

While Al­batec Rac­ing driver James Grint ran fourth on the open­ing tour, Andy Grant and Pat Do­ran took their joker lap at the first op­por­tu­nity and squab­bled amongst them­selves for the open­ing laps.

Bellerby was next to take his joker on lap two, re­turn­ing to the main cir­cuit be­hind Grint with Hill tak­ing the com­pul­sory ex­tra route on lap three, drop­ping to fourth in the process.

Leader Rooke had ex­tended his lead to such an ad­van­tage by lap four that he was able to take his joker and main­tain the ad­van­tage at the front.

Grint ran sec­ond to Rooke be­fore be­ing passed by Bellerby and then tak­ing his joker lap. With God­frey up to third, Bellerby’s Ford Fi­esta slowed at the Devil’s El­bow on the fi­nal tour, the York­shire­man us­ing all of his ex­pe­ri­ence to hold off God­frey for the fi­nal half-lap and score his best re­sult.

Five sec­onds up the road, Rooke scored his third vic­tory of the sea­son. “I guess I’ll have to start think­ing about the cham­pi­onship now,” said the 19-year-old.

Pat Do­ran fin­ished fourth with Hill fifth and Grint sixth.

In Su­per­na­tional, points leader Tony Lynch led Al­lan Tap­scott to score his sec­ond vic­tory in a row and ex­tend his lead. Peu­geot 206 driver Stu­art Emery re­turned from a cycling re­lated in­jury to score a home podium. Tom Llewellin claimed his third vic­tory from three starts in the Ju­nior Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship with Tom Con­stan­tine and Sam Jones third and fourth. Lo­cal ace Nathan Heath­cote won the Swift Sport cat­e­gory fi­nal.

Dan Rooke won again

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