Irish driver Ollie O’Donovan took victory in the double header rounds of the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship at the brand new Pembrey Rallycross circuit in Wales, to take the points lead.
It was Julian Godfrey and Mark Higgins who dominated the qualifying stages of rounds four and five respectively, but in both six lap finals it was O’Donovan who took the lead of the race at the first corner in his charge to victory, driving his Ford Focus supercar, and taking maximum points away from the new Pembrey rallycross layout.
In round four on Saturday, with the Pembrey rallycross circuit run in a clockwise direction, it was O’Donovan who moved ahead as pole starter Godfrey and Higgins ran wide, the pair then having contact that caused Godfrey to spin and gave both cars punctures.
Steve Hill and Roger Thomas capitalized on the drama to climb to second and third. Hill challenged O’Donovan for the lead of the race when the leader took his joker and finished second, with Thomas scoring a home podium in third. Godfrey climbed back to fourth, but Higgins was forced to retire.
In round five, this time run in an anti-clockwise direction, Higgins won each of the three qualifiers to secure pole position, but it was O’Donovan who made the best start to take the lead. Both drivers dropped behind Godfrey when they took their jokers on laps two and three, but returned to the head of the order when Godfrey later took his joker.
‘I’m really happy with the results. We didn’t make pole in either round and I sat on the line both times thinking it was a bit of a long shot, but we managed to take the lead and control the races. I’m delighted’, said O’Donovan.
Highlights of the Pembrey round of the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship are broadcast on BT Sport, Motorsport.TV and online via BARC TV for the whole of 2018.
The next round of the championship takes place at Croft in North Yorkshire on 29th July.