The 2022 season will mark Julian Godfrey’s 11th successive campaign at the highest level in the series, in which he will race his familiar Ford Fiesta Supercar. Having previously taken the crown six times he has his eyes set on a record-breaking seventh Supercar crown in the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy this year.
Having climbed through the rallycross ranks, beginning his career in the Stock Hatch division with a Peugeot 205 before moving to Supernational and Super1600 with a two-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta, Godfrey progressed onto the supercar class in 2011 with the four-wheel-drive, 600bhp Fiesta that he still races today, claiming the title at his first attempt. This car has been his constant companion throughout his career, having only switched over briefly in the 2018 season to use a Spencer Sport Mitsubishi Mirage and he borrowed a Citreon DS3 for a one-off start last year.
The renowned engineer has scored 23 Supercar victories in his career so far, making him the most successful driver in the field.
Godfrey claimed victory at Pembrey in South Wales last season, but much of his 2021 season was fraught with issues and he finished fourth in the standings. He’s hoping for better fortune in 2022 and is excited for the new additions to the 5 Nations BRX calendar.
“I’m going to use the same car and try to be at the front. It gets harder as more and more fast drivers come in, but I was a bit unlucky last year. In the first round a Lydden I lost drive in the final, then had a problem through the day in round two,” said Godfrey. “I won at Pembrey and then had dramas again at Knockhill. I think the bad luck made my position compared to the front look worse than it was. I raced at Dreux [France] in 2012 in Super1600. The weather conditions weren’t good that weekend but it’s a good track and that will be a good event this year. I really like Mondello Park [Ireland]. That has been quite a kind track to me over the years so I’m looking forward to going there. I think it’s still possible for me to win the championship, it is very competitive now but if I can have less bad luck than last year, I do think it’s possible.”
The British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy will get underway at Lydden Hill in Kent for a double-header weekend on April 16-18. See the full calendar below.