Heathcote Left Disappointed at Lydden Hill


Nathan Heathcote in the LD Motorsports run Citroen C4 at Lydden Hill. Credit: Matt Bristow

After taking his debut win in the MSA Supercars class at Croft, Nathan Heathcote suffered a disappointing second round of the 2017 MSA British Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill.

The Ashford based driver headed into the Lydden Hill event full of confidence from his win and having previously tested at the Kent Venue, but on race day that would all change.

A Power Steering Failure in Q2 would rule out Nathan Heathcote from the 2nd round of British RX at Lydden Hill. Credit: Matt Bristow

Things didn’t go to plan for Heathcote as he suffered a gearbox failure at the end of practice which meant the car was still being worked on by the LD Motorsport team when the first set of Qualifying heats were run. For the second Qualifying heats he started from the front row and was on the pace when on the penultimate lap he was forced to pull up as a problem with the power steering which had caused a fire.

Sadly, this would signal the end of Heathcote’s participation in the event as the car was too damaged to continue. Due to this retirement, the LD Motorsport driver now lies in eighth place in the Drivers Championship.

Nathan Heathcote now looks forward to Pembrey in June to get back on track. Credit: Matt Bristow

Heathcote reflected on what was a disappointing day.

“Very disappointing race day for me, will be a long wait until Pembrey in June now! Things were all looking great for Round 2 at Lydden, the car had tested really well there earlier in the season and on the Friday before the race and I was still on a high from my win at Croft,” explained the LD Motorsports run driver.

“Unfortunately,things didn’t really go to plan for me. Onwards and Upwards for Round 3 at Pembrey”

The 2017 MSA British Rallycross Championship now moves on to the third round and visits Pembrey Circuit in Wales for the first visit of the year on June 25.