Scott de­lighted with his pace on Lo­heac re­turn

Motor Sport News - - World RallyCross : France - By Ed­die Walder

Scot­tish driver Andy Scott is some­thing of a Lo­heac spe­cial­ist, hav­ing made it into the semi-fi­nals at the event in a strong field in 2014.

Re­turn­ing in a one-off 2016 World RX ap­pear­ance at the French cir­cuit, Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship racer Scott again made the semi-fi­nals in the 31-car World RX field. He beat Al­batec Rac­ing team mate and reign­ing Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Tommy Rus­tad into 12th over­all at the In­ter­me­di­ate Clas­si­fi­ca­tion to make it into the knock-out races.

Hav­ing im­pressed with a sixth over­all time in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions in Q3, Scott fin­ished sixth in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal to end the event 12th over­all and score six cham­pi­onship points.

“Be­fore we ar­rived here my tar­get was to reach the semi-fi­nals once again and it was a near per­fect week­end for me,” he said. “The high­light was be­ing sixth fastest in Q3. Fin­ish­ing a World RX event in 12th is by all ac­counts a great re­sult. The rain played into my hands a lit­tle, as I don’t mind the slip­pery con­di­tions and we took a bit of a gam­ble on the strat­egy, which paid off. It was par­tic­u­larly re­ward­ing to have a great bat­tle with Timmy Hansen in Q4 but into the semi-fi­nal I just didn’t get off the line well enough to cap­i­talise on our per­for­mance.”

Scott will re­turn to Euro RX com­pe­ti­tion at the next round of the World RX se­ries in Spain, in two weeks’ time.

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With a 150th ca­reer run-off win in the open­ing round at Prescott, it be­came clear that Scott Mo­ran would lift the 2016 ti­tle in the af­ter­noon shoot out if he came at least sixth and no more than two places be­hind near­est ri­val Trevor Wil­lis.

With Wil­lis and Wal­lace Men­zies un­able to bet­ter Mo­ran’s pace in the last mo­ments of the event, the cham­pion took Best time of the Day and in­creased his tally to six ti­tles match­ing the late and leg­endary Tony Marsh, whose sons Peter and Si­mon were also com­pet­ing at the event.

In the­ory Men­zies can still catch Wil­lis but a sim­i­lar scor­ing pat­tern to Prescott at Doune and Lo­ton Park will leave the 1-2-3 where it is to­day.

But mat­ters are far from set­tled fur­ther back in the or­der. There are just 10 points be­tween Richard Sped­ding and Dave Uren in fourth and fifth as hill­climb fans left Prescott hop­ing for a tight bat­tle in the last two events.

With Will Hall se­cure in sixth af­ter a suc­cess­ful week­end, it is

On his WRX come­back Scott was thrilled with his per­for­mance

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