Landsail Team Geriatric readies for Lydden Hill opener

Wigan racer Tony Lynch will look to kick off his Retro Rallycross Championship challenge in style this weekend when the 2022 season bursts into life at Lydden Hill.

Tony and his Landsail Team Geriatric squad make the long trip to the spiritual home of rallycross in Kent hoping to challenge for silverware in the opening two rounds of the campaign, with Round 1 scheduled to take place on Saturday, and Round 2 then being run on Easter Monday.

The opening round will mark the first outing for Tony’s upgraded Toyota MR2, which has undergone a number of improvements during a major winter rebuild that was carried out following a heavy accident in the latter part of 2021.

A planned test outing in the BTRDA Rallycross season opener at Blyton last month had to be cancelled as a result of an electrical issue that was discovered during a pre-event run on a rolling road, with the team working to resolve the problem ahead of opening Retro round.

After successfully running the car on the dyno this week without a reoccurrence of the issue, Tony goes into round one in confident mood, with the goal being to try and challenge towards the sharp end and put a solid haul of points on the board.

“It’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to run our planned test at Blyton so there is an element of us going into the unknown this weekend,” he said.

“The boys have put a huge amount of work into the car over the winter alongside Paul Waldron Motorsport, and I’m confident that the improvements that have been made will help us on track as we look to challenge for the title.

“We don’t want to get too carried away but we head for Lydden Hill with one goal in mind and that is to fight for victory. We want to be in the fight for championship honours this season, so a win would be a great way to start.”