Swift Rallycross Championships

Swift Rallycross Championships

Ovenden Leads ahead of Round Three - Knockhill

From the scenic Dutch landscape of Valkenswaard to the picturesque Scottish highlands of Knockhill, the 2014 Swift Sport Rallycross Championship returns to home soil next weekend as round three of the MSA British Rallycross Championship heads north of the border.

 

Valkenswaard, just south of Eindhoven, was unknown territory for many of the drivers as the series made its debut appearance in Holland. Yorkshire-based Chris Mullen was the victor, taking the spoils in what proved to be a close fought battle with round one winner Tristan Ovenden.

“I was happy enough with second at Valkenswaard”, said Tristan. “Knockhill is a challenging track at the best of times, hopefully we will have a dry day not only for the track conditions but for my crew who are joining me on this”

 

Also making the trek up north is series regular Rob Maynard and his affectionately-named Swift Sport ‘Maud’. Rob wowed the crowds in the opening round at his home circuit Lydden Hill with a charge to third and his first podium finish in Rallycross. After a character building weekend in Holland, Rob is now motivated and looking forward to the weekend ahead.

 

“It will be great to head back to Knockhill. It’s a tricky circuit to get to grips with in the wet, but I’m hoping for more consistency and speed than in the previous race.”

 

Championship newcomers Mark Dodsworth and Jack Brown return to the series after missing round two due to the National A licence requirement. Both drivers made their Rallycross debut at Lydden Hill back in March and will be keen to build on their strong performances.

 

Looking ahead to round three, championship organiser Peter Gwynne added “It is a trek for many up to Knockhill but the warm welcome we get from the staff, spectators and organisers when we get here makes the trip worthwhile. 

 

Knockhill is always an interesting one, the first corner often catches a few out. Tristan and Graham will undoubtedly be on it, but Chris Mullen is back and took the win last time out. It’s a shame Darren Scott misses this one as he had a cracking drive in Holland winning the first heat out there on the unfamiliar track and taking third, but he will be back out for Pembrey.  New driver Jack Brown also put in the good performance at Lydden first time out so he will be one to watch and let’s not forget, Rob made the podium there too so I'm looking forward to seeing who takes the win here.”

Tristan Ovenden currently leads the championship six points clear of reigning Champion Graham Rodemark who is ahead of 2012 Champion Chris Mullen by only one point so there is all to play for in Round 3.

 

Watch all the racing here on live stream

http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1426300/events/2965212

 

Follow live timings and updates throughout the weekend by visiting

 

www.britishrallycross.co.uk/live-timings and www.facebook.com/swiftrallycross.

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