The Swift Sports provided some of the most entertaining racing for round five of the TOYO TIRES British Rallycross Championships at Lydden Hill on Bank Holiday Monday.
Constantine, Weatherley and Layton charging off the line
It was the junior graduates who were the force to be reckoned with at the Kent circuit. Reigning junior champion Tom Constantine took the first chequered flag and fastest in Q1 ahead of Max Weatherley, whilst in the second grid, it was fellow former junior Will Layton who took victory, posting third quickest time overall ahead of Championship leader Dominic Flitney.
Nikita Abramov dominated the first race of Q2, making a terrific start from the back of the grid to lead by turn one. From there, the Russian continued to leave the field behind, firmly demonstrating his huge crash from April was well and truly behind him. Scotsman Don Macleod followed across the line second. Abramov’s qualifying time saw him slot in fifth overall in Q2 after the second race was run and another strong performance from Constantine saw him still the fastest Swift on track, followed by Weatherley, and this time it was Flitney making it into the top three.
Abramov followed by Booth and Hainsworth
Guernsey driver, Christian Hainsworth, who, making a one-off return for this season, took the win in the opening race in Q3, ahead of Ed Stallard and Joe Booth. Chris Scott had been hampered by mechanical issues for most of the day and was fourth, ahead of Ian Flitney. Constantine took a hat trick of qualifying victories with an assured drive to finish ahead of Weatherley and Layton, in Q3 race two.
The first semi-final was a close battle between Constantine and Layton, with an early joker by Layton gave him the advantage to finish first ahead of Constantine, who despite a puncture, secured his place in the final. Scott took third and Hainsworth managed to overtake James Chisman on the last lap to claim a place in the final.
Weatherley was victorious in the second semi-final, with Dom Flitney finishing second. Peter Gwynne Motorsport drivers Ed Stallard and Nikita Abramov followed complete the top four and secure their spots in the final.
Constantine takes the win with fellow young gun Layton second
With a dominant drive all day, Constantine took top honours with a faultless performance in the final, with Layton second and Dom Flitney taking third. Stallard and Abramov carried on with their jostling from Q3 to cross the line fourth and fifth in their hire cars. Christian Hainsworth took an impressive sixth in his first outing of the year, with Scott coming in seventh. Despite being in early contention, Weatherley was unable to complete the final after sustaining damage on the opening lap.
Flitney having made the podium once again, retains the championship lead, five points ahead of Layton. Weatherley stands only a further six points adrift with Constantine catching, trailing by only one point. With four rounds left, can Flitney continue to reign supreme over the young guns? Join us in Wales for the next double header event at Pembrey Circuit on 21st & 22nd September 2019.