Graham Rumsey shunted out from potential Lydden podium finish


Graham Rumsey was shunted out from securing a potential podium finish at the home of Rallycross, Lydden Hill in the sixth round of the 2016 Hot Hatch Championship.

Tunbridge Wells-based Rumsey, who is a self-employed Project Manager in the construction industry was looking to claw back the gap in the Drivers’ Standings on the second and final visit of the year at Lydden.

Rumsey managed to make a good start, securing two second-place finishes in the first two qualifying heats before setting his best time in Q3, over a second ahead of the grid.

In the final of the Hot Hatch Championship, Rumsey made a blistering start, but a mistiming of his ‘Joker’ lap, put him in mid-field with the traffic which proved to be a problem for the Tunbridge Wells native.

However, Rumsey was shunted into the tyre wall, causing significant damage to his car, bringing out the red flag, meaning he was unable to take part in the restarted race.

Rumsey is still in second in the Drivers’ Standings after scoring good points in Lydden Hill. He is now 10 points behind Championship Leader Tomasz Wielgosz coming into the final two rounds of the season.

Rumsey said “I’m obviously very disappointed with the way the day ended, particularly as everything seemed to be going to plan and I felt a win was on the cards. There’s a lot of work to be done on the car again before the next round, but we will be there”

The penultimate round of the 2016 Hot Hatch Championship takes place at its second and final visit at the Pembrey Circuit in Wales on the 25 September 2016.