Ups and downs for Darren Scott at Lydden Hill

Darren Scott - Credit: Matt Bristow / Rubber Duck Does RX
Darren Scott - Credit: Matt Bristow / Rubber Duck Does RX

After a crash in round 1 of the MSA British Rallycross Championship, S1600 driver Darren Scott, from Sittingbourne in Kent, entered his home event at Lydden Hill last Monday hoping to leave behind the tough first meeting, after which the front end of his Citroen C2 has been fully rebuilt.

Scott got off to a brilliant start in his Q1 heat, which he led until the final corner, when the engine suddenly switched to limp mode, denying him any chance of winning but still granting him a fifth-place finish.

The team inspected the engine right after the qualifying round, revealing an overheating problem on which they promptly started working, getting Darren’s car ready for the remaining qualifying heats, in which he posted consecutive second-fastest times, which gained him pole position for semifinal 2. The race was to be interrupted, following a red-flag incident, but after the restart Scott went on to take the chequered flag and a front-row starting position in the final.

An action-packed final saw Darren setting the fastest lap time of the race, even though he missed out on the top spot by less than half a second. Nevertheless, he still posted an impressive result, which also put him second overall in the championship standings.

“It’s been a great help having the whole team there helping all weekend, says Scott.  I couldn’t have done it without them. The car was great and to finish 2nd in the final is a great result for us as a team I’m now looking forward to the next round in Wales knowing we can be on the pace “

Round three of the MSA British Rallycross Championship is scheduled on 25 June at Pembrey.