Swift Rallycross Championships

Swift Rallycross Championships

Result for Rodemark

For Round 5 the championship took a short hop over the channel to Duivelsbergcircuit,  Maasmechelen in Belgium. Affectionally called 'Devils Hill' by the locals. Its been two years since the championship last visited.

 

Racing in Belgium requires a National 'A' licence something that this years rookies Phil Sherwood and Rob Maynard were just short of. As a result the weekend before both were at Blyton for a sprint event to collect the 2 remaining signatures that they needed on their licences. That’s dedication for you!

 

From the moment the sun rose in Massmechelen it was obvious that it was going to be hot, very hot, infact temperatures reached the upper 30's. Which meant that it was extremely dusty as the gravel traps at  Duivelsbergcircuit are pretty much sand!

 

The circuit layout is very compact with a mind boggling array of hairpins and tight corners, absolutely perfect for the Swifts.

 

All the heats were close and well fought throughout the day. By the time the final was ready to be run it was already six thirty and still incredibly hot. The front row saw championship leader Graham Rodemark in pole with Tristan Ovenden and Phil Sherwood making up the front row with local Belgian driver and championship regular Kris Fruru and Rob Maynard making up the second row.

 

Rodemark was just infront at the first long right hander with Ovenden close behind. Kris Fruru took his joker on the first lap. With Rodemark still in the lead at the start of lap two Ovenden opted to take his Joker which let Phil Sherwood into second place. This was the order right up until the penultimate lap when Rodemark and Sherwood had no option but to take their jokers. All of the top 3 cars met at the tight exit to the joker section where the race was going to be won or lost. Rodemark just managed to exit infront with Ovenden taking second place from Sherwood. While all this commotion at the head of the race was happening Fruru and Maynard were having their own battle for forth place Maynard managing to clinch the place as Fruru lost his left side rear tyre.

 

The championship now moves back to Lydden for round 6 over the Bank Holiday in August. 

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