Ovenden eases into second successive championship title

by Matt Bristow

Canterbury based Rallycross driver Tristan Ovenden headed to the rallycross circuit at Silverstone to conclude this year’s campaign last weekend.

With his closest rival not racing, he knew all he had to do was to turn a wheel in the final and his second successive Supernational title would be his.

The Goody Demolition backed driver was not one to sit on his laurels and coast to victory, immediately getting down to business, recording fastest times in both Q1 and Q2. It was only when the weather started to make the tight Silverstone circuit tricky for his V6 Renault Clio to get power down that he recorded second fastest in Q3.

Nevertheless, Ovenden secured the coveted pole position for the final and after a fantastic start lead the pack into the first sweeping right hand corner.

The smaller nimbler cars were finding the tight Northamptonshire circuit more to their liking, it was only when Ovenden took the tricky joker lap on lap three that he dropped back into third place.

He had given himself too much to do over the following laps and took the flag still in third spot. In doing so taking the championship for the second successive year, his nearest rival 27 points behind him.

“It was a tough days racing today,” Ovenden said. “The track conditions started to turn against us, but we pushed hard.

“To seal the championship for the second successive year is an incredible feeling. It certainly wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic team that rain, snow or shine get the car ready.

“A big thanks to all my sponsors who make racing possible and it’s great to be able to reward their confidence in us with another title.”

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