Wigan racer Tony Lynch kicked off his 2023 season with a racing experience of a different type after being invited to attend the annual Race Retro event with long-time partner Lucas Oil.
The event at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire was being held for the first time in three years after issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with Lucas Oil amongst those to have a presence on site.
Having represented the brand at a number of events in the past, Tony was invited along to display the Landsail Motorsport Team Geriatric Toyota MR2 that carried him to the Retro Rallycross title on the Lucas Oil stand – meeting and greeting fans in his role as a Lucas Oil Ambassador.
Tony was also invited to set a time around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on the Lucas Oil simulator before visitors were given the chance to try and beat his lap – with those who did taking home a free bottle of Lucas Oil Ethanol Safeguard.
“We’ve joined Lucas Oil at various shows through the years, so it was great to be able to head to Race Retro and show off the title-winning Toyota,” he said.
“Events like this are a great way to give something back to the partners who allow us to go racing, and also mean we can spread the word about the rallycross scene.
“The Toyota was certainly popular with people who visited the stand and it was good fun to have a go on the simulator to see what full circuit racing is all about. However, based on how it went, I’m not planning to give up the day job just yet!”
Tony’s appearance at Race Retro came ahead of the the start of his Retro Rallycross defence, with the new season set to get underway at Lydden Hill over the Easter weekend.
With a large gap then until the second meeting of the year at Mondello Park in early June, Tony will head for French soil in May after being invited to take part in the Lohéac Legends Festival – a special new event created to celebrate the history of the sport and featuring cars from the mid-1970s through to the turn of the century.
“It’s fantastic to have been given an invite to compete at Lohéac as it isn’t an event that is just open to anyone,” Tony added. “We’ll go there looking to fly the flag for the Retro Rallycross championship and all of our sponsors, and hopefully we’ll be able to come back home with some silverware.”