Wigan racer Tony Lynch will aim to get his Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship campaign underway in earnest this weekend when the series heads to Lydden Hill for the second meeting of the campaign.
The season opener at Croft last month turned out to be something of a disaster for Westhoughton-based racer Tony, with engine failure on his Lucas Oil Team Geriatric Ford KA putting him well and truly on the back foot in the early race for the title.
Immediately following the Croft weekend, investigations began with engine builder Julian Godfrey Engineering to discover the cause of the failure.
A race against time to replace the damaged engine then got underway, with Julian and his team sourcing a new block from Holland, which has then been built up in double quick time to allow Tony to compete this weekend.
Having collected the engine from JGE’s East Sussex base, Tony and his team are now hard at work on fitting the unit back ready for Monday’s race meeting in Kent, where he will aim to make up the ground lost through his Croft misfortune.
“There’s no doubting it’s been a stressful few weeks since Croft, but we’re delighted to confirm that the car will be fully repaired and ready for Lydden Hill,” he said. “For a small team like ours, losing an engine could have ended our season before it even started, so we have to give huge thanks to all those people who have helped us to get things sorted to continue with the defence of our Supernational title.
“Julian Godfrey and his guys have been absolutely brilliant and have worked hard to get the engine ready for us. They’ve gone above and beyond to help, and there is no doubt at all that without their hard work, we wouldn’t have made it to Lydden.
“As ever, my boys have done a great job to prepare the car so that we can now just focus on getting the engine fitted and heading to Lydden Hill to kickstart our season.
“After the disappointment of Croft, I’m so proud of the way in which everyone involved with the team has pulled together and I’m really fired up about the weekend ahead. I’m really hoping we can challenge for a strong result to reward everyone for their work over the last few weeks and we want to make up the ground we have lost in the title race.”