Congratulations to Kevin Procter, Dan Rooke and Ollie O’Donovan for securing places on the first round of the 2016 MSA British Rallycross Championship in association with Odyssey Battery, last weekend.
Procter came out on top of a race long battle with Supercar debutant Dan Rooke (Holsworthy), who won the MSA Supernational Rallycross Championship in 2015. Procter qualified second at the Intermediate Classification and won the second semi-final to line up on the front row of the grid between pole sitter Julian Godfrey (Heathfield) and Rooke. Procter took the lead on lap one, before Rooke passed the former European Championship event winner at Croft’s loose-surface hairpin at the end of the first tour. Procter regained the lead in the same place on lap two and held off the attentions of Rooke’s Citroen DS3 until the finish line.
“Today’s gone really well, the car’s performed faultlessly even if the driver was a bit rusty,” said Procter. “Young Dan went really well, we had a great race. The final was spot-on. This is a great start to my rallycross season.”
Rooke was delighted with second on his Supercar debut. “Wow, this is absolutely incredible. We really weren’t expecting this at all, but to be on the podium is just fantastic,” said Rooke. “Driving a Supercar is such an amazing experience, I want to get back in the car right now.”
Former British Rallycross Champion Ollie O’Donovan (Iver) finished third, ahead of Dave Bellerby (Northallerton), who made his inaugural start in an ex-Dermot Carnegie Ford Fiesta. Steve Harris (Hillbridge) finished fifth in a second LD Motorsports Citroen DS3, while another British Rallycross Supercar debutant, Jack Thorne (Tiverton), finished sixth in a Ford Fiesta. Reigning British Champion Julian Godfrey suffered from mechanical problems at the start of the final, he spun into the gravel at the first corner but recovered to finish seventh, ahead of Simon Horton (Clithero).
Former MSA British Touring Car Championship driver Dave Newsham (Inverness) qualified for the final on his debut Supercar appearance with the Power Maxed Racing team, but was unable to start the final due to a misfiring engine. James Grint also made it through the final before Albatec Racing had to withdraw its Peugeot 208 with technical problems. For tickets to round two of the MSA British Rallycross Championship in association with Odyssey Battery, click here.