Martin Dalzell was left frustrated in the sixth round of the 2016 Swift Sport Rallycross Championship as he retired from the semi-final with throttle problems at Lydden Hill.
Lincolnshire-based Dalzell was left to deal another cruel blow after achieving a second, third and fourth place in the three qualifying rounds, but in the semi-finals, things were about to take a sharp turn.
Still in his maiden rallycross year, Dalzell made a great start from his semi-final front-row slot and dived straight in for his ‘Joker’ lap, but throttle problems meant that the Lincolnshire native retired from the race in only his second visit at the Lydden Hill Circuit.
Dalzell said “Really pleased with the results in the heats we showed good pace, to be 3rd overall after Q3 shows how far we have come, unfortunately luck wasn’t with us in the semi-final and the retirement was the last thing we wanted but that’s racing.
“We’ve come on a lot through the season so far and we are hoping to get a podium before the end of the season, fourth place overall is now looking a big ask after yesterday’s results but we will keep pushing to finish as high as we can.
“Thanks to Supalite Lincoln, Hykeham MOT Centre, Chris Prior Graphics and a special mention to the race group for their help leading up to this round.”
Martin Dalzell is now eighth in the 2016 Swift Sport Rallycross Championship Standings, 80 points behind the Championship Leader Nathan Heathcote when they come to the penultimate round of the season in Pembrey, Wales.