Tony Lynch enjoyed a strong return on his return to the BTRDA Rallycross Championship at Pembrey.
The Wigan racer, who missed the opening round of the season due to late regulation changes ruling his MINI as ineligble, took a pair of top 5 finishes in an upgraded version of his 2013 championship winning MINI Cooper.
Upon arrival at Pembrey, Lynch had no idea what to expect with his car down on power to his rivals after moving to the Supermodified class, but a damp track for the start of Round Two helped level the playing field and allowed Lynch to go second quickest. He followed up the strong time with a brace of top ten finishes to qualify him straight in to the A Final.
He battled hard in the Final and took an impressive fifth place, filling him with confidence going in to Round Three, held later the same day.
While he was unable to replicate his pace from Round Two, the MINI driver managed to finish inside the top ten in two of the three heats, although an off-track excursion in heat two saw Lynch have to settle for the B Final.
A second place finish in the B Fina gave Lynch the chance to race in the A Final again, where he backed up his earlier performances with another fifth placed result and was once again second amongst the over two litre cars.
“What a weekend,” said Lynch. “We genuinely didn’t know what to expect from our first run in the Supermodified Class, and to come away from Pembrey with a pair of fifth place finishes is more than we could have hoped for. However, the most exciting thing about the weekend isn’t our results; it’s more that we know there is so much we can do to make the car even better than it was. We’ll now look at the improvements we can make to the car so that when we head back to Pembrey for the next round in August, we can push for a stronger result and see the progress we are making.”