Team RX Racing contested its home round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill where Ollie O’Donovan set impressive times against the World RX opposition.
Driving the Tony Bardy Motorsport-prepared Ford Fiesta Supercar that he is campaigning in the 2017 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars, the London based Irishman used local knowledge to good effect by setting qualifying times that were fast enough to keep him inside the points scoring top sixteen positions throughout the weekend.
Despite this, the 2007 British Rallycross Champion finished the World RX of Great Britain in twentieth place overall after having led his Q3 race from the front and claiming the race win.
O’Donovan was happy to be the fastest of the Euro RX competitors taking part in the event.
“We’re more than happy with where we got to this weekend. To finish each session with more than respectable times means we can be very happy,” said the 2017 British Rallycross Championship leader. “We were on top of the times of the European Championship competitors who were doing the event, so that’s good enough for me.”
The Ford Fiesta Supercar has undergone further modifications with Tony Bardy Motorsport effecting changes mainly to the car’s engine, which benefitted the team at Lydden Hill as it prepares for upcoming rounds of Euro RX.
“The engine is very strong and the car’s working very well at moment, the efforts made by Tony have been more than worthwhile, we’re just working on the setup now,” explained O’Donovan.
“It was a bit soft in Q1, but we stiffened it up for Q2 and made some changes to the engine mapping for Q3 and it was excellent. It’s a shame we lost a few places with what I believe to be an unnecessary penalty in Q4, but there you go.”
Team RX Racing will be back in action for the second round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars at Hell in Norway on 9 – 11 June.