26 MARCH 2018 12:10
Julian Godfrey will be aiming to increase his lead in the 2018 Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship when he contests round two of the series at Lydden Hill (April 2) in the Spencer Sport-run Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar.
The appearance of the five-time British Rallycross Champion at the opening round at the brand new Silverstone Rallycross Circuit was originally going to be a one-off event in the car. But after taking maximum points (by finishing fourth overall, behind non-registered World Rallycross stars Sebastian Loeb, Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud), Godfrey will race the Mirage RX again - but this time at a track he knows very well, with the aim of continuing to fine-tune the car’s set-up and extend his lead in the series.
“We had a great result first time out in the Mitsubishi Mirage RX at Silverstone, and I want to drive the car again at a circuit I know well - so hence we’re going to contest round two of the British Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill in it,” said Godfrey. “The last two years I’ve not had the best of starts to the season, so it’s nice to come away from the first round in the lead, rather than being in fifth of sixth place.
“Silverstone wasn’t without its drama, as we had a lot of panel damage caused by cars crashing into us. That’s partly why we have unfinished business in the Mitsubishi, as we want to go to a circuit I know well and continue to fine-tune a few areas of the car. Because of the repairs we had to make to the bodywork between the heats and between the semi-final and final at Silverstone, we didn’t get to do all we wanted to with the car mechanically. Despite the great result, there is more to come from the Mirage - and we want to continue to explore that potential at Lydden Hill.”
“The Mitsubishi Mirage RX performed very well at Silverstone and we had some fantastic technical feedback from Julian on various aspects of the car,” added Spencer Sport Team Manager Charlie Jukes.
“The team did a great job in the short time between races to make bodywork repairs and technical adjustments, and the logical thing to do was to go to the second round of the British Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill with Julian and continue from where we left off at Silverstone - which is a very strong position! It’s great to be heading to the second round leading the British Rallycross Championship, which proves how competitive the Mirage RX Supercar is.”
The race meeting at Lydden Hill takes place on Easter Bank Holiday Monday (April 2) and has attracted a bumper entry, with 10 Supercars expected to compete for top honours.
Support for Spencer Sport's Rallycross campaign comes from Spencer ECA, Motul, Oil 4 Wales, Speedline Corse, Hopkins Specialist Race Trailers, Julian Godfrey Engineering, Sea & Slate Holiday Cottages and Ryley Wealth Management.