The Swift Rallycross Championships return to action at Lydden Hill Race Circuit on Bank Holiday Monday for round five of the British Rallycross Championship. Being one of the most popular events of the year, fans can expect a bumper entry with everything to play for in both senior and junior classes.
Will Layton, Chris Scott and Tom Constantine off the start line at Lydden Hill
In the Swift Sports, James Chisman and Chris Scott who were both absent last time out at Pembrey, make a return. Chisman having made the podium in only his second rallycross outing will be looking to replicate his result, whilst Scott who also challenged the front runners, finishing fifth overall will be set to be on the pace once again. Also making a welcome appearance is Guernsey competitor Christian Hainsworth for what is his first outing of the year. Having taken a season off to focus on his career, Hainsworth could not resist the temptation to compete at the epic ‘Home of Rallycross!’
Swift Sport current leader Dominic Flitney being chased down by Chris Scott
It is Dominic Flitney who heads the Championship table after round four and having taken the win in the opening two rounds, he will be looking to further extend his lead at Lydden. Fellow front runners Max Weatherley and junior graduate Will Layton, who have also both taken the top step so far this season, will be challenging and with only seven points separating the top three in the championship, Monday’s racing is certainly not to be missed.
MOTORSPORT UK JUNIOR RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Luke Constantine defending his lead from Roberts Vitols (L) Ben Sayer (R)
The Motorsport UK Junior Swifts return to Lydden Hill Race Circuit where the majority of the juniors featured at the Kent track as part of the Titans RX series in July. Making his Swift Rallycross debut is Harry Garman who turns fourteen just days before the event. Having previously competed in karting where he has claimed champion status in 2016 in Honda Cadet and 2017 X30 Mini at Whilton Mill Kart Club, this will be his first competition racing a car. 2018 runner up Luke Constantine sits top of the table with a six point advantage, although closing the gap is Latvian driver Roberts Vitols who did the double at Pembrey, taking the win both days to boost his points score to a podium position, taking him to third in the championship. Patrick O’Donovan has provided spectators with nail-biting racing so far this season, so close to the win in every outing, challenging the front runners across the line, it is only a matter of time before he takes the top step himself. Having made the podium in every race so far, O’Donovan currently stands second overall.
Winner of rounds three and four, Roberts Vitols from Latvia
James Constantine and Ben Sayer who have both previously delivered podium positions, make the long trip down from North Yorkshire, whilst Tom Ovenden from Canterbury will be hoping to excel at his home circuit having scored second at the Titans RX event last month. Alfie Porter from Waltham Abbey, gaining confidence with every outing in his debut Swift season will also be looking to mix it with the front of the pack at his most local track and completing the junior swift line up this bank holiday is Archie Thomas, who is also competing in his first full season in the Swifts and will be looking to win some silverware to take back to Wales.