Pembrey’s new layout “tricky”, says Darren Scott


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MSA British Rallycross driver Darren Scott from Kent, competing in the Super1600 class with a Citroen C2, entered the Championship’s round three at Pembrey, Wales (25 June) hoping to repeat the solid performance he posted last time out on his home race at Lydden. The Welsh circuit’s revised layout, however, proved tricky for him, meaning he ultimately ended the event outside the podium.

Scott’s pace in qualifying was actually promising, as he set the fastest lap time in his heat, and on to third overall in the round. He kept his pace in Q2, where he was fourth fastest, but his less-than-optimal grid position in Q3 meant he had to battle with traffic, so he only qualified sixth. Despite that, he still was second overall in the event’s standings, and so he started from pole position in his semi-final: his Citroen, though, showed some handling issues, reason why he missed out on the podium in the final with his fourth-overall finish. Scott now lies fourth in the Championship as well, even though the top five drivers in the Super1600 class are separated by as little as just nine points, and with seven rounds to go, the title fight is extremely alive.

“It was a challenging weekend with a few problems, Scott says.

“It was frustrating as we know the car has the pace to be up there with the top runners, but unfortunately it just wasn’t our weekend this weekend.

“We will head to Ireland looking to fight back. I really cannot thank the Pirtek lads enough getting the car back out for each race: their determination and resourcefulness may well give us the edge when the season starts to close in”

 

Darren Scott now looks forward to rounds four and five of the Championship, on the double-header weekend of 22-23 July at Mondello Park, Ireland.