Ovenden too hot to handle
Ovenden too hot to handle

Canterbury based Rallycross driver Tristan Ovenden fresh from his Supercar test was back behind the wheel of his Renault Clio V6 to contest round 5 of the British Rallycross Championship at his home circuit of Lydden Hill.

He not only had to contest the rest of the field chasing him down bit also the weather as it was the hottest August Bank Holiday on record.

Track temperatures reached the upper 30’s. But if this was a concern for the Goody Demolition backed driver it was short lived as he put in a floorless performance comfortably winning all three qualifying sessions.

The only moment of drama was during session 3 where an uncharacteristic jump start meant he was handed an extra joker as a penalty. However in ‘Solberg’ style he took both jokers back to back on laps 2 and 3 whilst still maintaining his lead. From the semi finals onwards it was a lights to flag show of power with Ovenden taking the final some 8 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Tristan Ovenden, #72: “What can I say? The conditions were just something else, the team worked so hard to keep the car going in the insanely hot conditions, this victory is just as much a testament to them as it is for me.”

“I love racing here as we get so much support from the home fans a huge thanks to them and all my sponsors”

He now sits 35 points clear at the top of the table with just three rounds left. The championship heads back to Pembrey in South Wales for round 6 over the weekend of 21st and 22nd September. Track action gets underway at 09:30am.