Swift Rallycross Championships

Swift Rallycross Championships

Swifts Head to Scotland

11/5/12

The Swifts head north for the second round of the Swift Rallycross Championship at Scotland's National Motorsport Centre – Knockhill on Saturday. The nail-biting close racing provided in the opening round at Lydden Hill showed the Championship is out there for the taking.

Now scheduled for an afternoon/evening event, this round is set to test the drivers, with the fading daylight on this already challenging circuit and the inclusion of the Joker Lap (an additional section of track to be driven during one of the laps of the drivers choosing during each heat) means drivers need to think ahead as timing of this section is critical to gain the optimum advantage.

Monster Energy athlete and X Games Winner Liam Doran kindly donated his Left Hand Drive Swift to the Rallycross Academy for 2012 to encourage young talent into the sport. 17 year old, Rory Dening from Barnstaple is the lucky recipient of the drive having been spotted by Rallycross legend and mentor Gordon Rogers. Gordon commented “I’ve watched Rory driving in autocross over the last couple of years and he’s impressed me greatly; sometimes you see a driver and just know that he’s got what it takes and that’s how it is with Rory. He’s also willing to learn, listens to advice and can act on it so he’s a great choice for the Rallycross Academy.”

Richard Norman pleased new sponsors T.W Pallets(Thurrock) with a faultless performance at Lydden his home track putting him top of the table but with such a close finish he knows there is all to play for with the Snigwig Swift of Johny Bean ranked one of the favourites for 2012 close behind him.

 

Richard Norman taking the win at Lydden 
 
Runner Up for the previous two seasons Lynch, keen to bag the 2012 title proved how the slightest mistake in these equally powered cars can cost valuable points when an error at Devils Elbow and a fully-committed run for the line by Stonegate’s driver Chris Mullen saw him finish a disappointing fourth.
 
Irishman Ed Muldoon returns for his second event with the series having hired the Peter Gwynne Motorsport. "I'm very much looking forward to this weekend at Knockhill.” says Ed “Having really enjoyed the whole experience at Lydden Hill in March it didn't take a lot to persaude me to come back to drive the Suzuki Swift again. If things go well this weekend, who's to say that taking on the full championship is out of the question?"
 
Swift Junior Championship
 
 Junior Prize Drive Winner James Ross rejoins the junior championship after his impressive win at Lydden. He will be joined by Mathew Thomas and Charlie Bean. Bean a late entry to the championship only collecting the car days before the opening round has taken advantage of the month gap between rounds getting some valuable seat time to gain knowledge in handling his new machine.

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