Wigan racer Tony Lynch can today confirm plans to put his full focus on an assault on the Retro Rallycross Championship during the 2021 season.
Tony, from Westhoughton, will be embarking on his third year in the Retro series, which runs as part of the support package for the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy.
As has been the case during the last two years, Tony will be at the wheel of the Toyota MR2 that his Team Geriatric team has been working to develop for rallycross competition, with the car having previously been used for stage rallying in Scotland.
Having quickly shown its potential in 2019, where the Toyota would secure a first win in the series, Tony had hoped to challenge for the title last season before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic had a major impact on the campaign.
Tony was still a front-runner across a shortened three round season, and now goes into 2021 with his focus firmly on adding the Retro Rallycross crown to his already impressive resume.
Work on further upgrades to the car are well underway ahead of the opening round of the season at Lydden Hill – the spiritual home of rallycross – in late May.
Tony’s ongoing participation in the series has been made possible thanks to the ongoing support of long-standing sponsors Lucas Oil, Pemberton Tyres, SignTec, Rye Motors and AVO Suspension, as well as Landsail Tyres – which extends its backing for the team into a third season – and new supporter Tootsies Footwear.
“Last season was a real challenge for us all for obvious reasons, but we continued to make progress with the Toyota in the limited events that we were able to take part in,” he said. “That leaves me feeling confident going into 2021 about what we can achieve on track in what will hopefully be a more ‘regular’ season than the one that has just gone.
“Having continued to work on developing the car last year, we have a number of further upgrades planned for this season that should allow us to get more from the package we have, and our aim is very much to aim to fight for regular wins and go for the title.
“More than ever this is the time to thank the supporters and sponsors who enable us to go racing, as it would have been very easy for them to decide that now was the time to walk away because of the impact of COVID-19.
“That ongoing support is hugely appreciated, and makes me more determined than ever to try and deliver some championship silverware during the year ahead.”