Swift Rallycross Championships

Swift Rallycross Championships

Ovenden Wins Season Opener

The sun was shining for the opening round at Lydden Hill saw a strong entry with many new faces in both the Swift Sport class and in the Junior Swift, whilst there was also the return of 2012 Swift Sport Champion Chris Mullen.

 

Lining up on the grid for the first time saw the Intercomp branded Swift of Jack Brown who has made the move from Brisca F2 stock-cars.  The Barnsley based mechanic has raced since the age of 13 in Autograss where he has held titles of Fastest Man on Grass in both Class 1 & 7.

The Peter Gwynne Motorsport Hire Swifts were out in force with new drivers sampling Rallycross for the first time including Guy Petitt from Karting and Circuit, Richy Dolan from Rallying and X Games Gold Medalist Skateboarder Danny Way. 

 

Heats saw 2013 Champion Graham Rodemark and runner up Tristan Ovenden consistant front runners last season straight back on the pace entertaining the crowds with their close duelling.

    

The Swift Sport B-Final was an all new comer affair. Danny Way, Guy Pettit, Mark Dodsworth and Ashley Cackett. An impressive start by Pettit looked like he had in the bag until the loose section at Chessons caught Clackett out and connected with the Armco called for a red flag and a restart.  Quicker off the line in the restart Way had the advantage with Pettit hot on his heels but a poor Joker gave Way the space he needed to bring home the win and secure the place in the A final.

With a full 8 car grid the A-Final was shaping up to be a close affair with Graham Rodemark, Tristan Ovenden and Chris Mullen closing out the front row, Rob Maynard and Richy Dolan second row and Dale Cousins, Jack Brown and Danny Way in the third.

From the line there was nothing between the front row.  Chris opted to take his Joker early leaving Rob and Tristan to battle for second as Graham tried to pull away. By the third lap Tristan was bumper to bumper with Rodemark before taking his joker and returning to the track second whilst Mullen dropped away with gear selector issues. Rodemarks joker followed bringing him out just behind Tristan, where they battled to the line with Ovenden taking the win, his first at his home track, Rodemark second and another Lydden local, Deal driver Rob Maynard clinch third giving him his first podium finish.

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