British Rallycross Round 3 – Its all about the Jokers and the Rain


Photograph Matt Bristow

In truly dreadful conditions The British Rallycross Championship headed north of the boarder to Knockhill.

The weather as the day progressed just got worse and worse making vizibility virtually zero and making the circuit extremely slippery particularly the entrance into the loose section which caught more than one driver out during the course of the day.

The Super car final saw Julian Godfrey sitting in pole with Andy Scott and Andy Grant making up rest of the front row.

Scott got the best start off the line and headed into the sweeping first corner ahead of the rest of the field. Steve Harris making a great start coming from the second row of the grid and pushing hard behind him, unfortunately for Harris he ran wide and let the rest of the field through. At the end of the first lap Andy Scott led from Julian Godfrey, Andy Grant and Pat Doran.

Round two winner Mad Mark Watson stopped on the loose section on the first lap putting an early end to a fairly dismal day for him as his wipers had broken putting his vizibility pretty much at zero. He was also experiencing clutch problems.

For the next three laps it was a race of tactical joker laps Andy Grant took his joker on the first lap putting him down to forth place. Julian Godfrey then decided the time was right and took his joker on his second lap which put Doran into second place. Andy Scott then followed on lap three.

With Doran just leading into the last lap ahead of a very close Andy Scott and Julian Godfrey. Doran had no option but to take his joker on the final lap but hadn’t enough of a lead to hang onto the top spot. Which let both Scott and Godfrey though to claim first and second respectively.

Scott had looked very comfortable all day on his home track and was a popular winner however with Scott not completing in the championship it meant that second place Godfrey left Scotland with top championship points and still leading the championship a good days work for him.

In the Super National class with the absence of the championship second and third placed drivers Stuart Emery and Paul Wakeling there was always the possibility for big changes. Current championship leader Ashley Simpson was looking to make it three in a row, but unfortunately for him Malcom Boyd put in a near faultless drive in the final and saw him claim the top spot, Simpson in second  and Gary Simpson claiming third.

Mark Scott did however make it three in a row in the RX150 with Jake Harris and Brett Harris claiming second and third. Paige Bellerby made her debut and picked up a very well deserved forth place, even after a dramatic roll on the loose section.

MSA British Rallycross Round 3, Knockhill Scotland 12th May 2013 (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography

Paige Bellerby wasn’t the only Bellerby making her debut sister Drew Bellerby was also making her Suzuki Swift Junior debut claiming third behind Charlie Bean who made first placed Kenvin Hansen work hard for the top spot.

The Suzuki Swift provided the usual door to door, bumper to bumper racing infact all seven cars in the final rounded the first corner all touching each other! Graham Rodemark seemed to be on for first place but yet another tactical joker saw Chris Mullen claim the top spot with Rodemark in second and Tristan Ovenden in third. Quite unbelievably during the tense finish Steve ‘Bagsy’ Biagioni managed to roll on the loose section and almost went unnoticed!

Tony Lynch claimed his first win in the BMW Minis after some extremely close racing with second placed Kris Hudson and brother Keifer Hudson in third.

MSA British Rallycross Round 3, Knockhill Scotland 12th May 2013 (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography

The well fought Hot hatch class saw Craig Lomax dominant throughout the heats and unsurprisingly take first position with John Lynne second and Slawomir Woloch in third

 

  • Marc Willmore

    great round-up, thanks.