Wigan racer Tony Lynch will seek to maintain his advantage at the head of the Retro Rallycross Championship standings when the 2021 season continues this weekend at Pembrey.
The Welsh circuit will play host to rounds three and four of the campaign across Sunday and Monday as racing resumes for the first time since late May, with Tony and his Landsail Team Geriatric outfit hoping to build on an encouraging set of results in the opening double-header at Lydden Hill.
Having shown solid pace throughout at the wheel of his Toyota MR2, Tony came away from the opening rounds of the year with a pair of podium finishes and an impressive haul of points, which leaves him sitting pretty at the top of the Retro standings – six points clear of nearest rival Simon Hart.
Despite the pace displayed at Lydden Hill, Tony and the team have worked hard to make further tweaks to the Toyota in recent months in a bid to challenge for a first win of the campaign, with a number of potential areas of improvement having been identified.
Working alongside team partners Paul Waldron Developments and AVO Suspension, extensive work has gone into an improved three-way adjustable suspension system that will debut on the car this weekend as Tony and the team seek to extract even greater performance from the ex-rally car.
Having had chance to test the improvements at local circuit Three Sisters, Tony will now hope to reap the rewards of the work that has gone in in recent months when he makes the long trip to South Wales, with his focus firmly on challenging for the top step of the podium.
“Although the season started well at Lydden Hill, we came away from the weekend knowing that we couldn’t rest on our laurels,” Tony admits. “Although we took the early lead in the championship standings, we knew that we didn’t have the fastest car and that there were a number of things we needed to look at during the ‘summer break’.
“The team has worked really hard in recent months to improve the car and I have nothing but praise for the effort they continue to put in. I also have to say a huge thank you to both Paul Waldron and the team at AVO Suspension for their efforts to improve the handling of the car ready for this weekend, and thank our sponsors for backing us as we continue to work on making the Toyota the strongest it can be.
“Although we have only been able to have a brief run at our local circuit, I’m confident that the work carried out will help to improve our performance this weekend and give us the chance to fight for the top step of the podium.
“As ever, it won’t be easy because the level of competition on the Retro grid remains high, but I feel we are in better shape than ever before going into the weekend and hopefully that can be reflected in how we perform on track.”