Swift Rallycross Championships

Swift Rallycross Championships

Ovenden Leads into Round Four at Pembrey

The Swift Sport Rallycross Championship heads to Pembrey Race Circuit in Wales this weekend for Round Four on the 2014 MSA British Rallycross calendar.


After an 11 week break since the previous excursion to Knockhill Race Circuit, Scotland, current championship leader Tristan Ovenden  is obviously pleased with the new go-faster stripes sported by his Goody Demolition Swift for 2014, having led the championship for the opening three rounds. 


Tristan Ovenden flying at Knockhill


Back-to-back race winner Chris Mullen is itching to get going again. “I cannot wait to get back out on track and sit lined up on the grid. My road car just doesn’t cut it!” said Mullen. “I have been working closely with my main sponsor Power Maxed during the break and they are excited to see me back in action.”


Consistency from defending champion Graham Rodemark also keeps him a title contender whilst he chases his first win of the season. With only five points between these top three, they cannot take it easy during this mid-season meeting as situated a close fourth and continuing to make significant progress is Kent-based Rob Maynard who kicked the season off with his first podium finish at Lydden Hill, although misfortune prevented him the chance to repeat that performance in Scotland.


Series newcomer for 2014 Jack Brown was on the pace at Knockhill throughout his heats. “I am looking forward to Pembrey. I have been busy during the break between races but we are now just in the process of getting the car ready”. Expect to see the 30 year old from Barnsley taking the fight to the front runners again in Wales.


For Mark Dodsworth, another newbie to rallycross this season,  this year is about developing his driving skills across different motorsport disciplines, “I’ve had some one-to-one tuition with Peter Gwynne prior to Pembrey, so hopefully that should stand me in good stead”, said Dodsworth. “I want to stay connected with the championship as I have learnt so much and now I want to be challenging the more experienced guys.”


Darren Scott makes a return to the Swift Sport line up after stepping straight onto the podium in his previous appearance at Round 2 in Valkenswaard claiming third.  With Scott confirmed for Pembrey, the experienced Swift Sport racer will certainly be one to watch.


Experiencing Rallycross for the first time is 17 year old Nathan Heathcote from near Ashford in Kent, comes from an extensive UK and European karting background and is keen to stir things up a bit. “After watching World Rallycross, I wanted to get out and try the sport for myself. Being in the prize money would be nice but I have a lot to learn. I will go out there and give it my best.”


Dave Ellis will also make his debut in the Swifts at this coastal circuit.  No stranger in the Rallycross paddock, Ellis has previously  contested the Hothatch Class in a Citreon Saxo.   This will be his first time out behind the wheel of his new Swift, previously owned by Dale Cousins.  Competitive in the Hothatch, watch out for him mixing it in this competitive one make class.

With such a mix of old favourites and first time drivers this is certainly going to be action-packed racing not to be missed.

For those unable to make the journey to Pembrey, watch the action as it happens on AMGTV livestream



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