18-year-old Dan Rooke claimed the 2015 MSA British Rallycross SuperNational Championship title at the final round of the season after a hard fought maiden season in rallycross.
Rooke started the weekend in a positive mood as he took his Citroen AX to the top of the results for the first two heat, bagging him pole position for the A final at Croft. Rooke lapped in third place as he went nose-to-tail with Gareth Wood in his Ford KA but would eventually settle for third place to secure his fifth podium of the season.
“The day went really well. It was stressful through the heats, we knew what we needed to do for the championship and to end up on the podium again is great,” said Rooke.
“To be next to Gareth on the podium after the fight we’ve had for the championship was really good. It’s a bit of a relief that we managed to end the title how we wanted, without any drama. The car performed really well.
“The season has been a little up and down, but it’s been amazing overall. To be honest, when we entered at the start of the year we knew how hard this championship was, and thought top five would be a good result, so we’re all so happy about how things have gone.”
With the final round of the season out of the way, Rooke took part in the MSA British Rallycross Grand Prix, also a Croft which saw him go up against the might of the 600bhp Supercars as he battled rallycross legend Pat Doran in the heats to qualify ninth overall, ahead of European Rallycross regular Kevin Procter. The B final would see Rooke secure sixth place overall ahead of the Citroen DS3 Supercar of Steve Harris and taking the honours for the top two-wheeled drive car.
“The Grand Prix was a lot of fun. In all three of my heats I started with a Supercar, so I knew the speed they go off the line. In the Grand Prix final they left so much dust behind them before the first corner,
“It’s been a great experience this weekend. I passed Mad Mark’s Supercar in the B final, that wasn’t something I ever thought I would do. I had a little cheer to myself in the car. This whole weekend has been a brilliant finish to a brilliant year.”