Lucas Oil Team Geriatric driver Tony Lynch had a tough day’s work in his MSA Super National MINI Cooper S at round two of the 2015 British Rallycross Championship held at Lydden Hill on Easter Monday.
The Wigan racer began the season with a positive start by taking fourth place in round one at Croft, however he had a more difficult outing this time out, but not without positives. Whilst competing against other more powerful MSA Super National cars, Lynch was able to improve the MINI’s handling after practice and went on to be third quickest in heat one.
Despite further improvement to the car for heat two, Tony was only able to post the fifth quickest time in heat two, due to losing out to his more powerful rivals and it left him with work to do in heat three. He then went on to set the second quickest time in heat three and this put him on the front row for the A Final. Although he made a good start, light contact with another competitor meant he would suffer what seemed to be a puncture but was later revealed to be a cracked wheel.
Despite not finishing in the A Final, Lynch yet again showed the potential of the car and the benefits of the ongoing development this is planned for this year and he was upbeat after the event.
“It’s never nice when a weekend ends the way this one did, but unfortunately, it’s one of those things that you sometimes have to deal with in motorsport,” he said.
“Although it wasn’t the easiest weekend, the boys worked hard to make improvements to the car and going into the final, there was the potential for us to pick up a strong result. If we’d only picked up a puncture then I would have struggled on to pick up some points but with the damage there was to the wheel, I’m surprised I managed to carry on for the short amount of time I did.”
Lynch reflected on the positives of the event and the progress made so far in the season and more to come with further upgrades planned for the car.
“We can’t let our heads drop though, and I have no doubt about the potential there is with the car as the season goes on. We’ve managed to remain competitive against cars with more power than we have, so when we are able to bring in our planned engine upgrades and can get our new gearbox fitted, we’re only going to get stronger.”
Round Three of The 2015 MSA British Rallycross Championship takes place at Pembrey in Wales on 10 May.