Victorious start for Lynch as BTRDA campaign kicks off
Wigan racer Tony Lynch enjoyed a winning start to his assault on the Autosport International BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship in partnership with Toyo Tires after an impressive season opener at Blyton.
Westhoughton-based Tony made the trip to the Lincolnshire circuit on the back of a strong outing in the British Rallycross Championship at Silverstone a week earlier, where he picked up a Supernational class podium at the wheel of his Lucas Oil Team Geriatric-run Ford KA.
Running in the Super Modified class, Tony kicked off his weekend with a solid victory in the opening heat only to then make a mistake in heat two that left him down in eighth spot.
With a drivers best two results determining the starting positions for the final, Tony was able to secure his place at the front of the grid with another victory in the third heat – putting the KA in the ideal position for the points scoring finale.
Maintaining his lead when the lights went out, Tony found himself out front going into turn one and was then able to control proceedings from the head of the field to secure a victory on his BTRDA return and the early lead in the championship standings.
The next rounds of the season, a double header at the Pembrey circuit in Wales, take place on the weekend of 12/13 May.
“We knew we were in a good position going into the weekend after the outing at Silverstone, so it’s great that we’ve been able to start the season with a win,” Tony said. “It was almost the perfect weekend in terms of the results, and it was only mistake in the second heat when I tried to go round the outside and picked up some damage that prevented us from taking a clean sweep of victories.
“To be honest though, the results don’t show how competitive the field was and it certainly wasn’t as easy as it might appear. We had to be on top of our game from the first heat right through to the final and I’m delighted to have started with a win.
“Huge credit as always goes to the team for doing a fantastic job and we’ll now get the car straightened out ahead of Pembrey where we’ll look to build on this result.”