Andy Scott took second place in the British Rallycross Championship round 6 held at Pembrey this past weekend to keep his title hopes well and truly alive.
After mixed heats Scott managed to secure a crucial front row position for the all-important final. His main championship rival, four-time British champion Julian Godfrey started from pole and got the perfect line into the first corner from where he didn’t look back despite Scott applying pressure though out the race. Second place puts the Albatec Racing Team Principal second overall in the championship with two rounds remaining.
Andy Scott, Albatec Racing Team Principal:
“The heats didn’t really go particularly well, but nevertheless we managed to get a front row start for the final. I knew Julian being on pole would be difficult to beat, I tried to go round the outside at the first corner but he drove a perfect corner and had that line covered. I lost a bit of time on the first lap because of the dust, it was otherwise a good race, just not good enough.
It’s really disappointing for Kristian, we had some issues with his car, without that I’m sure he’d have been challenging for the win in the final. The man’s got speed and amazing car control and he demonstrated that today in practice and the other heats. I hope we see him back in the British championship.”
Rapid Finn Kristian Sohlberg on his British Rallycross debut didn’t disappoint. Quickest overall on his very first competitive run. The former WRC driver showed all the flair of a seasoned rallycross contender with a stunning display of car control. It was an unfortunate mechanical problem in heat two that forced smoke from a cracked manifold into the car, which would give Sohlberg no choice but to pull over. Infact he was transferred to the local hospital as a precautionary measure. He later returned to the track to complete the days races but it was a team decision that the problem wasn’t properly resolved and so it was unsafe to continue.
“I’ve really enjoyed the day, obviously the championship is full of good drivers, and it’s been a really good learning day, and that’s what I need to do, to drive different tracks. I know the speed was there today, I was fast in all the practices but the mechanical problems we had, including the fire, didn’t help!”
Current British RX150 champion Marc Scott also had an eventful day in Wales, that saw his joint lead at the head of the tables disappear after finishing fourth in the Final.
Uncharacteristic poor heat performances put him on the outside of the front row for the final. A good start to the race was undone when he spun on the tricky hard left hander just after the first loose section. He recovered to finish in fourth place.
“From start to finish it’s been a pretty terrible day to be honest. I think it’s been a mixture of things, the track conditions, playing catch-up in the heats, and a bit of red mist. I was just trying too hard to get back to the position I want to be in. The speed was there, the lap times have been there all day I just haven’t managed to string them together four in a row to get a good race time.”