JC Raceteknik enjoyed another successful event at Lydden Hill in Kent in round three of the 2016 RX Lites Cup, support series to the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
The Swedish team saw all three of its Norwegian drivers Thomas Bryntesson, Joachim Hvaal and Sondre Evjen qualify for the Final on Sunday, despite differing performances across the weekend. Championship leader Bryntesson suffered a poor weekend, compared to his two dominant weekends so far at Hockenheim and Mettet. The young Norwegian was in tenth place after all four Qualifying sessions, however he managed to put his car on the back row for the Final and then hauled himself up to second behind race winner Cyril Raymond.
Both Hvaal and Evjen set consistently strong times during the qualifying races and this saw them qualify for the Semi-Finals and before successfully making it to the Final where they occupied the middle row. Hvaal would go on to finish in fourth place whilst Evjen would retire with a broken steering rack.
Bryntesson was glad to be able to salvage a podium after a tough weekend in the UK, “It has been a very unlucky weekend for me, but ended well in the final. It feels good that I managed to come back after all the hassle and I’m really happy with the end result. A second place is good for the championship points. If I had just started the race in Q2 I would have been at the top on day one, but in motorsport it is about small margins. The final felt really good and I managed to climb up from sixth to second position. We timed the joker well and once we had taken it I just focused on hunting down the other drivers.”
Evjen took away valuable experience from the event, “In general it has been a good race, until the final. I am satisfied. Even though I did not really find my top pace, I managed the goal of reaching the final, which feels great. My driving has been a little up and down in the different situations here but the development is progressing. Things are good and if I can find a little bit more, I can fight at the top. This was the first time I have driven on a fast track like this, it was different to what I am used to. I went outside my comfort zone but Lydden Hill has been a great experience that I will take with me.”
JC Raceteknik now head to their home round of the RallyX Nordic Championship, at Arvika in Sweden next weekend.