Swift Rallycross Championships

Swift Rallycross Championships

Bank Holiday High For Swifts At Lydden

A bumper line up of twelve Suzuki Swift Sport Rallycross cars take to the grid as the British Rallycross Championship makes its first return visit to the home of Rallycross Lydden Hill on August Bank Holiday Monday.


Graham Rodemark took his maiden win of the season last time out at Pembrey after a closely faught battle with Tristan Ovenden. The pair have been almost inseparable this year on-track and Rodemark is only three points off Ovenden at the top of the standings. However, it was Ovenden who took the win in round one at Lydden back in March.


Rodemark taking the win at Pembrey


“Lydden is the best track on the calendar in my opinion,” said Ovenden ahead of Round 5. “I don’t think it will be easy repeating the win from the opening round, although that is always the aim. As for the championship, I am trying not to think about it yet. I just need to keep scoring points as it will be close by the end of the season.”


Also keen to repeat his performance from the first round at Lydden is Rob Maynard. The local racer from Deal scored his first ever rallycross podium in front of his home crowd back in March, and has come close to repeating that feat on several occasions this year.


“The aim this weekend is to better my performance from back in March, but with a very strong field of seasoned competitors, it is going to be tough. I want to be fighting with the front runners, but with Darren Scott returning, Jack Brown getting quicker, and the likes of Martin Hawkes and Dave Ellis coming over from other classes, it will be difficult. I am staying confident and aiming high.”


Barnsley’s Jack Brown will be making a return to where he made his Rallycross debut just five months ago. The former stock car racer has impressed everyone with his ability and turn of speed in his first season in the championship and his first podium finish is surely not far off. After a somewhat turbulent Final at Pembrey, Brown is raring to go at Lydden Hill.


“I have been watching my in car footage from the first round to see where I can improve for this weekend. The car is all prepared and I am really looking forward to Lydden now.”


Fellow Yorkshireman Chris Mullen is also back on the grid after a gearbox problem hampered his progress in the first round. The 26 year old has not finished off the podium since winning round two in Holland and will no doubt be back fighting for overall victory come Monday.


Round five will also be Darren Scott’s first appearance at Lydden Hill this year having missed the first round. The 32-year-old from Sittingbourne was straight on the pace at Pembrey and will be aiming to mix it with the frontrunners on Bank Holiday Monday.


Those of you familiar with other British Rallycross series may also be familiar with the likes of David Ellis and Martin Hawkes. Hothatch regular Ellis joined the Swift Rallycross camp last time out at Pembrey and put in a strong performance. Hawkes, whose daughter Jennie competes in the Junior Swift championship, makes the transition from Supernationals this weekend and will be putting all his expertise to the test up against a highly competitive field.


Lining up on the grid for the first time will be Alex Spencer who will be driving his own Swift having purchased one earlier in the year from Liam Doran.  Supermoto and Bemsee Rider Chris Woolett also makes his rallycross debut in the Doran Hire Swift under the wing of reigning champion Rodemark.


Finally, Peter Gwynne Motorsport bring two new drivers to the mix in their hire swifts.  Piotr Rudzki whom has previous Motorsport experience in Rallying and Mitchel Flaherty who makes his debut at Lydden whilst his father Mark Flaherty a former Lydden Champion takes to the track once again in a LD Motorsports DS3 in the Supercar Class.


Join us there for what is sure to be an action packed Bank Holiday Monday.

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