RX Racing Team Principal Ollie O’Donovan secured a vital victory at a damp and murky Lydden Hill circuit on August Bank Holiday Monday, which witnessed the penultimate round of the 2015 MSA British Rallycross Championship.
The London-based Irishman showed improving pace during the heat stages of the BritishRX round in the Ford Fiesta he debuted in the series at Mondello Park. During heat one in extremely wet and challenging conditions, O’Donovan guided his Supercar to the fastest time and then followed that up with the fourth fastest time in heat two and the ninth fastest time in heat three.
This performance meant that O’Donovan would line up in the second row for the A Final, but from there he made a brilliant getaway to lead into the first corner.
As he fought for the lead of the final with fellow Ford Fiesta driver Kevin Proctor, O’Donovan took his joker lap on lap three, falling behind Proctor. However when Procter took his joker lap on the next lap, O’Donovan retook the lead, but was made to work hard for his second victory of the year as he picked up a front puncture on the final lap and had to defend from Procter, Andy Scott and Julian Godfrey going into Paddock Bend and then on to take the win.
The London based Irishman was overjoyed with his second victory of the season: “To win at Lydden is just fantastic. The competition has been really tough this weekend, which makes it even better. We haven’t had great luck this season in British Championship events, and it nearly went against us again in the final but we had done enough to hold on.
“The car has been brilliant, it’s still constantly improving and the boys did a great job to turn it around after racing in Norway the weekend before. Lydden is the home of rallycross, if I could pick anywhere to win, that’s where it would be. We had a lot of family and guests with us this weekend who stood in the rain to give us great support, so it’s brilliant to repay them with a victory.”
O’Donovan had already secured one victory this season in the MSA Supercar class in his Tony Bardy Motorsport prepared Ford Fiesta Supercar at Mondello Park and has now followed this up by taking a second victory that keeps him in the championship hunt for the Supercar Title against rivals Andy Scott in his Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 RX and four time British Rallycross Champion Julian Godfrey in his Mk6 Ford Fiesta. The 2007 British Rallycross Champion is also campaigning the Fiesta in this years FIA European Rallycross Championship where he has qualified for the Finals twice.
O’Donovan is confident going into the final round of BritishRX at Croft on October 10 where there are 37 points available to the winner.
“It’s still a long shot to win the championship after some not so good results earlier in the season, but that won’t stop us trying until the last corner of the last race,”said O’Donovan. “I’m loving driving the car and I think we can keep pushing forwards. All we can do at Croft is win, and then see what happens to the others.”