Ovenden extends championship lead
Ovenden extends championship lead

Canterbury based Rallycross driver Tristan Ovenden headed to Round 6 of the MSA Toyo Tires British Rallycross championship which was held at the North Yorkshire circuit of Croft.

The weather would be the main talking point as it started to rain during free practice and only briefly eased up for the final in the afternoon!

The Goody Demolition backed driver battled hard with the changeable weather conditions but managed to top the table after the first round of qualifying.

Qualifying 2 saw the circuit covered with surface water. Ovenden made a great start disaster struck on the first corner when he hit what can only be described as a temporary river sending him spinning out of control and into the large gravel trap.

Fortunately for the Kent driver the race was red flagged and he was allowed to line up for the restart back in the pole position. Understandably he drove a slightly gentler race but still managed to notched up second place over all. Qualifying 3 and the circuit had dried out a little suiting the V6 Clio’s strengths and he recorded the fastest time.

With the circuit getting faster and faster Ovenden looked evermore the champion winning his semi-final and the final in a lights to flag drive.

Speaking after the weekend, Ovenden said: “It was a really testing weekend with the pouring rain pretty much all day, we had reasonable pace during qualifying but needed to make more changes to cope with the deteriorating track. Great result at the end of the day though to reward the team for their hard work. I owe them a lot on days like these!”

The championship will make its second visit to the spiritual home of Rallycross, Lydden Hill in Kent on August bank holiday Monday 27 August. Track action gets underway at 09:00.

Images courtesy of Matt Bristow