Raymond Takes First RX Lites Win At Lydden Hill


FIA World Rallycross round 4. Lydden Hill Race Circuit, Wooton. Picture: Matt Bristow

Frenchman Cyril Raymond secured his first win in the RX Lites Cup after dominating the event Final for the supporting category of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship at round three of the 2016 series, held at Lydden Hill in Kent.

With Championship leader Thomas Bryntesson leading the points standings as the RX Lites Cup arrived at Lydden Hill, many thought that the young Norwegian driver would take his third win on the bounce, however Raymond had other ideas. After the four Qualifying rounds, Raymond was tied at the top of the standings with Set Promotion’s Simon Wago-Syversen with Bryntesson lying in tenth place overall after poor points scoring during qualifying.

In the Final itself, Raymond lined in pole position with Simon Olfsson alongside him. The JC Race Teknik duo occupied the middle row with Joachim Hvaal alongside Sondre Evjen whilst Wago-Syversen and Bryntesson filled the back row. Olofsson made a great start from the front row to try and fend off Raymond into Cheshunts Drift, however the Frenchman held and took the lead which he would hold all the way to the finish, leaving his joker until the final lap and holding an advantage over Bryntesson who finished in a second place he had to work hard for.

Starting from the back row, Bryntesson fought his way up to fourth behind the battling duo of Wago-Syversen and Olofsson who were fighting over second place. However Bryntesson passed Wago-Syversen for third place on lap three and with Olofsson taking his joker on lap four, the Norwegian JC Race Teknik driver moved into second place and kept that position after taking his joker on the final lap with Raymond and Wago-Syversen. Olofsson came home in third place with Hvaal, Wago-Syversen and Evjen completing the top six.

British Rallycross Championship leader Dan Rooke made his RX Lites debut at the event and finished in seventh place in the Intermediate standings, however whilst the young British driver would qualify for the Semi-Finals, he just missed out on a place in the Finbal after finishing in fourth place in semi final 1.

Raymond now leads Bryntesson in the Drivers Championship by three points with Hvaal now in third place on 64 points as the series moves onto round four, which takes place at Hell in Norway on June 11-12.