2007 British Rallycross Champion Ollie O’Donovan suffered from cruel luck at the second round of the 2016 MSA British Rallycross Championship after mechanical issues robbed him of a potential win.
The Team RX Racing driver was behind the wheel of his Tony Bardy Motorsport prepared Ford Focus Supercar and began the Easter weekend well by finishing second overall in the Intermediate standings after the first day’s action at Lydden Hill.
He followed this up by qualifying for the second Semi-Final and went on to win the race to give him a front row slot for the MSA Supercar Final.O’Donovan led off the line and kept the lead as he took his joker midway through the race, however the Focus suffered from turbo charger issues and the London based Irishman would go on to finish in fifth place.
Despite finishing in fifth place, O’Donovan took the positives away from another competitive weekend in the British Championship:
“I had an amazing first lap of the final and I even managed to joker and still be in the lead, what more do I need to do?” said the 2007 British Rallycross Champion. “I haven’t had any luck recently, it felt like the turbo seized solid, it was like someone pulling on the handbrake. I couldn’t get up the hill in third gear; I had to go all the way down to second.
“It’s disappointing for me, the team, for everybody. But there you go, that’s the way it goes sometimes. We scored some good points, and it’s good for us that Kevin (Procter) finished behind us so we didn’t lose too much in the championship thankfully. Tony (Bardy) and the boys did a great job as usual this weekend and it’s just a shame we couldn’t repay their efforts with a result they deserve.”
O’Donovan lies in third place behind championship leader Dan Rooke and Croft winner Kevin Procter as the British Rallycross Championship moves to Pembrey for rounds 3 & 4 over the May Bank Holiday weekend.