Swift Rallycross Championships

Swift Rallycross Championships

Winning return for Champion Bellerby

26/7/12

Sporting the largest class at the British Rallycross Championship meeting at Mallory Park on Sunday, the drivers welcomed back current Champion Dave Bellerby who returned for his first event of the season.

 

With daughter Paige taking the wheel of his Swift this season having made the step up from juniors, the twice champion could not resist the opportunity to get back out on track when his sibling could not make the round due to other commitments.

 

The championship also saw the return of Supercar Driver Steve Hill.  Unable to make the event in his Mitsubishi Evo X, Hill drove the Peter Gwynne Motorsport yellow hire car.

 

Current points leader Johny Bean got off to a good start on the freshly watered track taking the lead in his first heat, however, developing a brake problem the Snigwig driver watched his lead disappear as Bellerby was straight on the pace and saw his chance to pass.  Stonegate driver Chris Mullen led from start to finish on the second grid and took the heat win.

 

Second heats saw the Coney Motorsports Swift driven by James Knight-Coney on a detour due to a missed gear and despite being first across the line could not take the win due to places gained off track.  Bellerby took the heat win followed by Canterbury driver Tristan Ovenden who rejoined the championship race having missed the previous rounds in Ireland.

 

Third heats went incident free with Bellerby showing the reason he was crowned double champion taking the heat win and picking up Fastest Time of the Day followed by Knight-Coney and Ovenden.

 

Bean struggling all day with his brake issue had all to play for in the B Final with his championship lead at stake with Wigan Driver Tony Lynch only one point behind him, lined up in third position for the A Final.  Bean lead the race, however he had the enthusiastic newcomer Aidan Hills, keen to give him a run for his money chasing close behind.  Hills attempted a brave move to try to take Bean round the outside on the first corner, which resulted in him taking a roll and the race red flagged.

 

The re-run again saw Bean take the lead again, this time being challenged by Mick Riley.  He managed to fend him off and hold the lead to the line to earn him that essential space on the back of the grid for the A final. 

 

The A final front row lined up with Bellerby (Pole), Ovenden, then Lynch.  Mullen took fourth position beside Knight-Coney and Autopoint owner Graham Rodemark with Darren Scott and the B Final winner Bean.

 

Bellerby leading the A Final 

 

As the lights changed Bellerby was away, Mullen tucked in behind to take second and as they came out of the loose for the first time the Lucas Oils Swift of Tony Lynch slowed due to a puncture which left him at the back of the pack.  Mullen was tailing Bellerby who was by now having clutch problems. As the race progressed Ovenden and Knight-Coney also suffered punctures which gave Bean the opportunity to get up third and increase his lead in the championship.

 

Result: 1 Dave Bellerby 3m39.034s; 2 Chris Mullen +0.3s; 3 Jonny Bean +11.5s; 4 Darren Scott; 5 Graham Rodemark; 6 Tristan Ovenden.

 

 

Junior Rallycross Championship

 

The Junior Championship missed current joint leader Mathew Thomas who was unable to make this round. Charlie Bean set the pace taking his first heat win in front of Kevin Hansen and James Ross.

 

Swedish Driver Hansen made it past Bean in the second heats to take the win and likewise in heat three securing Pole Position for the Final.

 

Ripon boy Bean took the lead in the final however a red flag due to debris on the track saw his lead short lived when in the restart a spin put him to the back of the pack.  Hansen had a good start with the lead over Ross when a missed gear on the third lap cost him vital seconds and allowed Ross the opportunity to take the win.

 

Kevin Hansen before James Ross takes the lead in Final

  

Result: 1 James Ross 3m56.209s; 2 Kevin Hansen +0.6s; 3 Charlie Bean +29.5s

 

The Championships head back to Lydden for the second time this season for Round 6 held over the Bank Holiday weekend, 26th/27th August 2012.  With the Sport Championship having a different winner at every round so far, join us at Lydden to see who will take the top step on the podium.

  

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