A weekend to remember for Nathan Heathcote at round three of the MSA British Rallycross Championship in Pembrey.
The 20-year-old driver from Ashford was eighth in the overall standings, after a disappointing home race at Lydden Hill. For the Welsh event, LD Motorsports allowed him to switch from the older Citroen C4 Supercar he drove on the past meetings to the newer, nimbler DS3 that belongs to his team boss, as well as former World RX competitor, Liam Doran.
Despite the revised layout and the tricky conditions caused by overnight rain, Heathcote quickly came to grips with both the new car and the track, however, technical problems meant he only completed one lap in his Q1 run; the same fate struck him again in Q2, leaving him dead last in the event’s standings.
Thanks to tireless work from LD Motorsport’s team, the car was ready on time for Q3, where he placed sixth, earning a back-row spot in the final.
As the final started, Heathcote made his intentions very clear, clinching third by lap two. In the race, contact with a tyre bale damaged the front of his car, but he kept pushing, setting the fastest time of the race and regaining that precious third position, which he kept all the way to the chequered flag. With five rounds still to go, his P3 finish allowed him to leapfrog from fifth to eighth in the Championship.
“After the morning I had at Pembrey I really didn’t think there was any hope of getting into the final, let alone on the podium!, Heathcote reckons.
” The team did a great job getting me back out there and I’m really pleased to come away with some good championship points. Moving from the Citroen C4 to the DS3 was a big step up, the DS3 felt unreal to drive and I can’t wait to get back in it at Mondello for the next round!
The British RX Championship returns to Mondello Park in Ireland for the first time since 2015, with the double-header weekend of rounds four and five on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July.