MillTek Sport’s Craig Lomax suffered more heartache as the 2016 British Rallycross Super1600 Championship headed into Belgium.
Despite the event being held unusually over a day and a half on the Duivelsberg Circuit in Maasmechelen, Belgium, with practice and qualifying on Saturday and the remaining qualifiers and finals being held on Sunday. The conditions were very dusty, making it a real challenge for the drivers over the course of the weekend.
The current British Super1600 Champion in his XtremeRX Citroen C2 got straight into action and set some strong qualifying times, placing himself in fifth place after the third qualifying round. Lomax was ahead of a thirteen-strong international field which included many EuroRX drivers competing last weekend.
In the first semi-final, the Yorkshireman was on the second row with perfect track position for the long drag into the first corner. Lomax ran joint-second place but there was to be more heartache as he suffered a split intercooler pipe problem on the penultimate lap after sustaining damage on the previous lap.
Lomax did manage to finish third, which puts him in second place in the standings, three points behind the current leader Tristan Ovenden.
Lomax said post-Belgium “The last time I was here I was in the Hot Hatch and learnt the track well. I had high hopes before the weekend. The car felt great and the work that the guys at Impulse had done was making a huge difference. A small bump made a big problem, which forced me to pull over when I was in a good position to qualify for the final. But that’s Rallycross.”
With three rounds to go of the 2016 British Rallycross Super1600 Championship, the teams and drivers head to the spiritual home of rallycross in Lydden Hill, Kent for Round 6 of the championship on the 29 August.