Swift Rallycross Championships

Swift Rallycross Championships

Bean Dominates in Challenging Conditions

The heat between title rivals Charlie Bean and Drew Bellerby for Junior Swift Rallycross honours intensified on Bank Holiday Monday as the Championship headed south to Lydden Hill for round four.


In true British Bank Holiday fashion, the rain fell continuously making track conditions tricky for everyone. The key to success here at Lydden for these teenagers would be mastering the conditions to stay ahead until the chequered flag.



Charlie Bean takes the win at Lydden Hill


Both Bean and Bellerby knew that the smallest of errors could have severe consequences for their respective title bids. But waiting in the wings and hungry for his for win was Jake Taylor. The youngster from Retford has been getting quicker and quicker as the season’s progressed, and came close at Knockhill in May.


After an unfortunate accident involving the pit wall at Pembrey, Jennie Hawkes was back with a rebuilt car and it was good to see the incident hasn’t dented her confidence as she prepared for her first wet race. With dad Martin racing in the Swifts Sports this weekend, Jennie’s confidence was up.


As the four Junior Swifts took off from the line at the start of heat one, it was Bean who looked most at home in the conditions. As the others set off in hot pursuit, they couldn’t keep up with Bean. The battle now was for second place, with Bellerby holding off Taylor at the line.


Heat two was a slightly different story, especially for Bellerby. An unforced error through the chicane from the 16 year old saw her lose the control of the car. Thankfully, she avoided hitting anything, but rejoined at the back of the field behind Taylor and Hawkes. Bellerby managed to fight her way back to third by the end, but it was Bean winning again ahead of Taylor.


As the final loomed, heat three would prove the most eventful and the rivalry between Bean and Bellerby was starting to show. Bean took to the joker lap straight away leaving Bellerby and Taylor to fight it out at the front. Taylor had the edge, but as Bean closed in on Bellerby and attempted a move around the outside on the run down the hill, the two collided. Bean got sideways momentarily but Bellerby backed off preventing a potential accident.


The pair managed to find their way past Taylor before the chequered flag, meaning it was three out of three for Bean. He just needed to repeat the process one last time later on in the day.


As the Junior Swift drivers lined up on the starting grid for the final. Bean, Bellerby and Hawkes got away well, but Taylor didn’t make the best of starts. He would fight his way back past Hawkes for third with Bellerby in his sights, although the day belonged to Bean who's experience showed as he claimed maximum points in these challenging conditions that tested even the best of the British Rallycross Drivers.


With the championship still far from over, Bean stands six points clear of Bellerby as the Juniors head to Croft Circuit, Darlington on 18th October where the title chase reaches fever pitch. A non finish from any of the drivers is likely to through the championship wide open.

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