Retro Rallycross – Stewart shines in Ireland

Stewarts 911 was used by Rolf Nilsson to win the first British Rallycross Grand Prix in 1982

The latest rounds of the Retro Rallycross Challenge took part at the Mondello Park circuit in Ireland, as part of a double-header MSA British Rallycross Championship weekend.

Porsche 911 driver Barry Stewart, who had been plagued by transmission problems in previous rounds, dominated the Retro final on both days of competition, having twice set two fastest heat times. 2014 John Button Memorial Trophy winner Ray Morgan claimed a fastest time on both days and pushed hard in the finals, but didn’t quite have enough to challenge for the win.

David Aitken was a welcome addition to the Retro racing in a Vauxhall Astra originally built by Tony Bardy Motorsport and raced by Clive Richardson and Norman Beggs. He was immediately competitive and made his presence know right from the start.

British Rallycross Championship Round 4. Mondello Park, Ireland. 27th June 2015. (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography
The Green and White team fixing the rear wheel problem in the paddock

Morgan finished second to Stewart with Aiken completing the podium. Foster had to overcome twice losing a rear wheel on his iconic Mini during the event, but the Green and White team were able to repair the car and Foster collected fifth place on Saturday.

Stewart was untroubled in Sunday’s final and led from lights to flag. Aiken pressured the Escort of Morgan for second early on but dropped back on lap three, leaving Foster to finish third and Irishman Peter O’Brien fourth in his Peugeot 205.