Tony Lynch to make Super Retro Rallycross move

Wigan racer Tony Lynch can today confirm that he will make the step up to the Super Retro class of the Retro Rallycross Championship for the 2024 season.

Tony has won the Retro class for the past two seasons at the wheel of his Team Geriatric-run Toyota MR2, adding two retro titles to his already impressive list of career honours.

Despite deciding to move up into the top class of the Retro Rallycross Championship, Tony will continue to compete at the wheel of the Toyota – which the team has developed to great success in recent years after it was previously used for stage rallying in Scotland.

Development work alongside MAS Tuning is ongoing on an all-new two-litre turbo engine that will be fitted to the MR2 to increase performance, with a new gearbox and upgraded suspension also being fitted to deal with the additional power and weight.

The move up into the Super Retro class has been made possible thanks to the ongoing support of Tony’s expansive network of sponsors, most notably Landsail Tyres which will again take up the role of title sponsor.

Long-time partners Lucas Oil, Pemberton Tyres, Rye Motors, Wigan Car Paints, Sign-Tec, Paul Waldron Motorsport, McDermott Homes, Fell Good Health Club Bolton and Motordrive Seats all remain onboard for another season, with Xavier Roofing signing up as a new sponsor for 2024.

Whilst the new season kicks off with the Easter weekend event at Lydden Hill, Tony and the team will not make the trip to the spiritual home of Rallycross as Tony continues to recover from hip surgery carried out over the winter – which had been unavoidably put back multiple times as a result of the pandemic and resulting delays within the NHS.

As a result, his first outing in Super Retro is set to come in late May when the series heads to Mondello Park in Ireland for rounds three and four of the season.

“Obviously it would be nice to be going to Lydden Hill this weekend to start the season, but unfortunately the opening rounds have just come a bit too soon after my winter operation,” Tony said. “At the same time, the fact we knew that we wouldn’t be competing in the opening two rounds has allowed us to work on the development of the Toyota, ready for our move up to Super Retro.

“This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the fantastic support of all of our sponsors. Even after letting them know that we wouldn’t be competing in the opening two rounds as a result of my delayed surgery, Landsail Tyres have even increased their support this season to help with the move up in class, and all of our other existing partners are fully behind us in our plans to step up a class.

“To also have a new partner in Xaver Roofing is fantastic, and I’m hopeful that we can have a successful season together once we go out and hit the track. Missing two rounds means we aren’t really thinking about a championship and can instead just focus on doing the best job possible at every event

“Even though we will be competing in a higher class for the first time, I don’t just want to make up the numbers, and I’m confident that by the end of the season, we can be right in the mix at the front of the super retro field and put ourselves in a good position ahead of 2025.”