Heathcote enjoys podium success
Heathcote enjoys podium success

Kent based rallycross driver Nathan Heathcote enjoyed success at Round 3 of the British Rallycross Championship which was held at Pembrey Circuit in Pembrokeshire, Wales on Sunday.

Looking to get his championship hopes back on track and improve on his eighth place in the standings, The Channel Commercials, WaterDirect, Countrystyle Recycling, FGS Plant and DUO backed driver was looking to put the disappointment of round 2 held at his home Circuit of Lydden Hill.

Heathcote, 20 from Ashford,  also changed cars for the event and was now going to be driving LD Motorsport boss Liam Doran’s own Citroen DS3.

The new look Pembrey circuit and overnight rain was set to make the start of the event extra tricky.

But practice saw the plucky Kent driver start to come to grips with the new car and track changes and looked to be a good sign for the day ahead. However, due to issues with the car he was unable to finish in fact he only completed a single lap in qualifying 1.

The same was to happen again in Q2 leaving him in last place in the standings. The team at LD Motorsport worked tirelessly to get Heathcote’s DS3 ready for Qualifying 3 knowing that he had to put in a good time to stand any chance of making it into the final.

Heathcote did just that and placed in 6th place for Q3 recording the required time and securing a back row grid spot for the final.

Right from the green light he quickly made up places and was vying for third place by the second lap.

After a heart in the mouth moment when the car made contact with a tyre bale and destroyed the front wing entirely, he managed to leap frog into third spot recording the fastest lap of the final in the process and securing the third step on the podium.

This outstanding result now means that Heathcote climbs to fifth spot in the championship with everything still to drive for.

Having secured a podium, Nathan Heathcote was rightly pleased:

“After the morning I had at Pembrey I really didn’t think there was any hope of getting into the final let alone on the podium! The team did a great job getting me back out there and I’m really pleased to come away with some good championship points.”

“Moving from the Citroen C4 to the DS3 was a big step up, the DS3 felt unreal to drive and I can’t wait to get back in it at Mondello for the next round.”

“Thanks to all my sponsors The Channel Commercials, WaterDirect, Countrystyle Recycling, FGS Plant and DUO.”

The championship now moves on to a double header for rounds 4 and 5 and visits Mondello Park in Ireland for the first time since 2015. Racing starts on 22nd July starting at 9:00am. And also on Sunday 23rd.”