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With the ti­tle al­ready sewn up by Dan Rooke a round early, the main fo­cus at Croft last Satur­day was on the fight for se­cond in the cham­pi­onship ta­ble be­tween ri­vals Ju­lian God­frey, Dave Bellerby and Ol­lie O’dono­van.

Us­ing the Ford Fi­esta he has raced in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship this sea­son, 2007 ti­tle-holder O’dono­van took the lead of the fi­nal on lap one with a com­mit­ted move around the out­side of the pack at the first cor­ner.

Out­go­ing cham­pion God­frey pushed O’dono­van hard in the open­ing laps, the Ir­ish driver slowed by bro­ken power steer­ing and be­ing forced to change the car’s di­rec­tion us­ing the throt­tle in long cor­ners and the hand­brake in the tighter turns. The fi­nal took three at­tempts to get un­der­way, and hav­ing sur­vived all three at­tempts at the first cor­ner, Steve Har­ris was third on lap one, be­fore drop­ping down the or­der as his LD Mo­tor­sports team-mate Pat Do­ran climbed into the last podium po­si­tion.

O’dono­van held on to claim vic­tory, el­e­vat­ing him to se­cond in the fi­nal stand­ings, with third best go­ing to God­frey, the first sea­son in his Su­per­car ca­reer that the en­gi­neer hasn’t won the ti­tle.

“The fi­nal was hard work,” said O’dono­van. “I could hardly steer the car. The chi­cane onto the loose was the worst be­cause I knew if I got too side­ways I wouldn’t be able to get her back, but I’m re­ally happy to have won the last round.”

Tony Lynch won the Su­per­na­tional fi­nal ahead of ti­tle-ri­val Guy Cor­ner to se­cure the cham­pi­onship at his se­cond at­tempt. Devon racer Al­lan Tap­scott com­pleted the podium. Tom Llewellin, son of dou­ble Bri­tish Rally cham­pion Dai Llewellin, scored his fourth win from four starts in Ju­nior Ral­ly­cross, fin­ish­ing ahead of Tom Con­stan­tine. Con­stan­tine did all he could to take the ti­tle away from points-leader Sam Jones at the last round, but fourth in the fi­nal was enough for Jones to earn the crown.

Nathan Heath­cote claimed the Swift Sport cat­e­gory crown with vic­tory at Croft and Michael Boak scored his first Su­per1600 vic­tory in the cat­e­gory for Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship-el­i­gi­ble fron­twheel-drive cars. Se­cond was enough for Paul Coney to beat Tris­tan Oven­den to the Su­per1600 cham­pi­onship. Bri­tish F4 racer Jamie Caro­line made his ral­ly­cross de­but in the RX150 buggy divi­sion and led the fi­nal into the first cor­ner but dropped to third by the fin­ish as cham­pion Chrissy Palmer com­pleted his clean sweep of vic­to­ries for the sea­son. Martin Hawkes claimed a maiden win in the BMW Mini fi­nal.

1 Ol­lie O’dono­van (Ford Fi­esta) 4m27.320; 2 Ju­lian God­frey (Ford Fi­esta) +0.838s; 3 Pat Do­ran (Citroen C4); 4 Dave Bellerby (Ford Fi­esta); 5 Kevin Proc­ter (Ford Fi­esta); 6 Tony Bardy (Ford Fo­cus).

1 Tony Lynch (Ford Ka) 4m59.305s; 2 Guy Cor­ner (Peu­geot 206) +0.699s; 3 Al­lan Tap­scott (Vaux­hall Corsa); 4 David Ewin (Ford Fi­esta); 5 Vince Bris­tow (BMW 318); 6 Joe Cun­ning­ham (Vaux­hall VX220). BMW Mini (6 laps) RX150 (6 laps) Su­per1600 (6 laps)

O’dono­van took se­cond place in the Bri­tish points ta­ble

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