Tony Lynch secured second place in the Suzuki Swift Championship Team’s Championship with a a brilliant victory in the final round of the 2010 season.
Last weekend’s season finale at Pembrey saw Lynch’s Team Geriatric fend off the three other teams who stood a chance of claiming the runner-up spot in the team’s standings, after Lynch had already secured the same place in the driver’s championship.
After suffering a spin in the first heat Lynch drove to fourth place, and then set about setting a storming pace in the second heat.
Lynch claimed victory in the heat, as well as setting the fastest lap time in the process, a performance which rewarded him with pole position for the final.
The Team Geriatric driver made a good start, despite contact from behind, and set about building an unassailable gap to second, and he closed out the race with victory.
Winning the round meant that second place in the team’s championship went to Team Geriatric, something Lynch had hoped for in the build up to the event, and something he wanted to achieve to say thank you to the team for their efforts throughout the year.
“Going into the weekend I only had one aim and that was to get a win for the boys because I knew that would mean we finished second in the teams championship”, said Lynch, adding ”Even though I had the spin in the first heat, I still set the fastest lap and then won the other heats to get pole so I knew we were in good shape for the final”.
Speaking of the incident at the start of the final, Lynch said “There was a bit of a scare when I got a hit from behind at the start, but after that I was able to pull away from the cars behind because”.
“Dave [Bellerby] had a bit of a gearbox problem and was holding the others up. That gave me an advantage I wasn't going to give up and it's a brilliant way to end the year with my second win and second in both championships”, added Lynch.
Lynch took the time to state his intentions for next year, after enjoying a solid run in the championship in 2010. He will continue in the Suzuki Swift Championship, and hopes to go one better next year, and take the title.
“Considering that we only got our car the day before the first round, we've had a great year and I've really enjoyed fighting against Dave [Bellerby] for the title”, said Lynch, and concluded, “The boys have been brilliant all season and I'm proud of the way we have performed as a team in our first year with the Suzuki. We'll be back next year and I think we've shown as the year goes on that we'll be a force to be reckoned with in 2011”.