CONSTANTINE HAS WIN AWARDED IN WALES!


Under sunny skies at Pembrey Circuit in Wales, the Motorsport UK Junior Swifts once again provided close racing throughout the day for round six of the British Rallycross Championship. Current championship leader and winner of round five, Patrick O'Donovan, was the fastest teenager on track in the Junior Swifts for Q1, with Luke Constantine looking back on form in second place.  Latvian junior Roberts Vitols who returns to the UK having secured the S1600 Rallycross Champion title in Latvia last weekend, completed the top three in the opening qualifying heat. Constantine finding that fimilar smooth consistency he has been recognised for previously, took the win in Q2, with Vitols second  and O'Donovan third. The remainder of the field finished in the same formation as Q1,  Ben Sayer fourth, ahead of Tom Ovenden and Alfie Porter.  Local driver Archie Thomas scored seventh with James Constantine in eight, still plagued with performance issues. Luke Constantine, delivered the top time again in Q3 to secure pole position for the final, whilst improving with every outing, Ovenden, took the win in his race, with a time just .001 of a second off Constantine's to take second, with Ben Sayer also making it into the top three times for Q3.  James Constantine missed Q3 whilst his Team diagnosed why is car was down on power and the catalytic converter was changed. With the championship still wide open, all drivers had their eyes set on gaining maximum points from the final.  With James Constantine back in the mix, eight Swifts raised their revs and charged off as the start lights glared green.  They all battled to be first out of the opening sequence of tight turns, although, after several bumps and bangs, the red flags were raised and the Swifts returned to the paddock.  Caught midpack, Vitols was a victim, with both front and rear end damage.  The Peter Gwynne Motorsport team lept into action to get the car safe and ready to go once more. As the race was rerun, off they went again, however, this time it was James Constantine who lost out, red flags aloft again, they skulked back to park up once more.  After two red flags, the clerk of the course deemed the racing to be done for the day and the final result would be declared from the qualifying places for the final. Luke Constantine was the benefactor from the decision, being awarded the win.  "It's not the way I would like to win, of course I am happy with the points for my chances of winning the championship, but that's not how I want to win!  I would sooner win fair and square on track" he commented.  O'Donovan received second, with Ben Sayer qualifed third.  This ruling was a real disappointment for Vitols having limped his Swift across the line last in Q3 after he sustained damage, meant he had to settle for a frustrating fifth.  James Constantine also, having finally diagnosed the issue with his car the had plagued him for several meetings was looking forward to putting in a competitive run and challenge for a podium position but this decision resulting denied that opportunity. A great disappointment for all the drivers that the results were decided this way, however they are all ready to race tomorrow for round seven.

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