Tony Lynch goes for glory in BTRDA finale
Wigan racer Tony Lynch will hope to end his shortened campaign in the Autosport International BTRDA Rallycross Championship presented by Cooper Tires on a high this weekend when the season draws to a close at Knockhill.
Tony makes the trip to Scotland leading the Supermodified class standings at the wheel of his Ford KA – being run by Paul Waldron Motorsport alongside members of his own Team Geriatric outfit – and is one of half a dozen drivers who could also secure the overall championship title.
Last time out at Blyton, Tony proved to be the class of the field at the wheel of the KA and secured a strong maximum points score to add to an impressive podium in the season opener at Lydden Hill – achieved despite the fat that he was battling against a misfire on the car.
Those results leave Tony in an unexpectedly strong position ahead of the season finale, with the multiple champion having gone into the 2020 campaign unsure of what to expect – given that he hadn’t competed in the KA since 2018, and given the highly competitive nature of the Supermodified field.
Tony hasn’t competed at Knockhill for a number of years, but has enjoyed success at the Fife circuit in the past, including a victory in 2012 whilst competing in the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship, and a similar result the following year in the BMW MINI class.
The picturesque circuit overlooking the Firth of Forth will provide a unique challenge, with the rallycross layout incorporating the challenging right-hander at Duffus Dip to start the lap before drivers head onto the loose section of the circuit, before joining the Knockhill tri-oval to complete the lap.
In a huge boost for the season finale, and for the first time in series history, the key action on Sunday will feature live coverage online, with the third qualifying heats and the finals being shown on the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as on Motorsport.TV platform – opening up the racing action to a worldwide audience.
The live stream is due to begin at around 13:30 on Sunday.
“We haven’t had to do much to the car since Blyton and this looks set to be our final outing in Supermodified as we focus on the Retro scene in the future with our Toyota,” Tony said. “We’ve won everything there is to win in Supermodified, and it would be great if we could add to that this weekend when we head for Scotland.
“Knockhill is a circuit that I love and one where I have gone well previously, so I’m feeling confident despite the fact that the grid is going to be very competitive once again. Hopefully we can replicate the kind of results we have had in the past to fight for the championship, which isn’t something that I necessarily expected when we signed up for the BTRDA series at the start of the year.
“The fact that our sponsors and fans will be able to watch us in action this weekend through the live stream is fantastic, particularly in these challenging times when they haven’t been able to come to the racing in person. Hopefully we’ll be there in the final so they can cheer us on, and it would be great if this kind of stream is something that can adopted more in future, even when the currently situation passes.”
Following the Knockhill meeting, the KA – already a multiple title winner – will be available for sale, Please contact Tony for more details.