Wigan racer Tony Lynch was left to look to the positives despite another challenging weekend as the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship headed for Pembrey for round three.
After two tough rounds so far this year, Tony and the team headed for South Wales keen to kick-start the defence of the Supernational Class title and although the end result wasn’t what was hoped for, there was certainly light at the end of the tunnel.
Although unable to make use of his launch control system, Tony raced well in the heats to secure a place on the front row of the grid for the final – lapping within a second of his main title rivals.
Given the lack of track time so far this season, that pace was encouraging in itself and a sign that things are going in the right direction.
With the engine issues from Croft and Lydden Hill hopefully now long gone, strong points in the final looked assured only for a minor electrical gremlin to rear its head and rule Tony out of action.
Points for ninth place were the end result but once dropped scores are taken into account, Tony sits just 14 points off the championship lead – so it’s very much game on…
“Ninth might not have been the result we wanted in Wales, but the performance of the car was much improved and it’s the weekend where our season started,” Tony said. “Had it not been for a small electrical issue, we’d have been on for a podium at least which is good considering the issues we’ve had so far this year.
“We know there is plenty more to come from the car with the new engine and we are only going to get stronger. Every round counts for us so it’s important that we score well at every round, and I think that’s realistic if we just have a little more luck.
“Certainly Mondello Park next time out should suit the KA and I feel sure that we’ll be right in the mix at the front.”