Tony Lynch targets strong start to new BTRDA campaign

Wigan racer Tony Lynch will look to impress on his return to the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship presented by Cooper Tires when the delayed 2020 season gets underway this weekend at Lydden Hill.

The Kent race weekend will mark Tony’s first outing in the series since the 2018 season finale, when he successfully wrapped up the Supermodified title and came agonisingly close to the overall crown at the wheel of a Ford KA.

Since then, Tony has competed in the Retro Rallycross Championship with a Toyota MR2, and kicked off his season at Lydden Hill last month with a podium finish in the opening meeting of the year.

Tony’s return to the Kent circuit this weekend will see him face a completely new challenge as he makes his first rallycross outing in the KA for almost two years.

With a strong grid having been assembled for the season ahead, including the likes of Tristan Ovenden and Slawomir Woloch, Tony goes into the weekend with his focus on a strong haul of points and with the ultimate goal of challenging for a place on the podium.

Whereas Tony’s own Team Geriatric outfit is continuing to run his programme in Retro Rallycross, the parallel BTRDA campaign will see the KA being run by Paul Waldron Motorsport; the same team that originally built the car before it was bought by Tony ahead of the 2016 season.

“I’m really looking forward to the new BTRDA season,” Tony said. “It was great to have a successful first outing of the year in the Toyota a few weeks ago, but the Supermodified series is going to provide a totally different challenge – and one I’m ready for!

“Given that I’ve not driven the KA in anger for a while, it might take a little bit of time to get used to being back in front-wheel drive again and the entry is looking extremely strong so we need to see how things go.

“With Paul running the car with assistance from some of my own boys, I know I have a good team behind me as always and I’m going to Lydden Hill with my focus on trying to fight towards the front. I’m not going to get too carried away but if we could pick up a podium then I think it would be a great start to the year.”