3 APRIL 2018 13:25
Julian Godfrey has maintained his lead at the top of the 2018 Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship standings after taking the Spencer Sport Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar to second place in the Final at Lydden Hill.
Having scored maximum points at the opening race at Silverstone, the five-time British Rallycross Champion continued his great form in Round 2 - finishing third and then second in the opening two Heats. The Mitsubishi Mirage RX was consistently the fastest car off the start line, and this helped Godfrey lead Heat 3 - only for a collision with Mark Higgins to deny him a race victory.
The Llandysul-based team did a fantastic job to repair the car, allowing Godfrey to finish third in the Semi Final, despite the driver’s door coming open. That result placed him fifth on the grid, on the outside of Row 2, for the Final. After an exciting eight laps, held in slippery track conditions and in pouring rain, Godfrey finished second, just 2.849s behind Higgins (Peugeot 208 RX) and 1.661s ahead of Ollie O’Donovan (Ford Fiesta SC).
"We thoroughly enjoyed racing the Mitsubishi Mirage RX at Lydden Hill - the Spencer Sport team worked extremely well, the car handled even better than it did at Silverstone and it's great to still be leading the British Rallycross Championship," said Godfrey. "The car is very quick off the line, but I didn't get the best of starts in the Final, as I released the button a fraction too early and had some wheel spin. Nevertheless, we had a good race to second to complete another excellent weekend for the team."
“Our performance at Lydden Hill proved that Silverstone wasn’t just a one-off result and that the Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar is a very impressive package,” added Spencer Sport Team Manager Charlie Jukes. “In many ways we’re a little disappointed to have finished second at Lydden Hill, such is the team’s confidence and ambition, but of course we are still pleased with the result and to be leading the British Rallycross Championship.”
The next round takes place at Croft Circuit near Dalton-on-Tees in North Yorkshire (3-6 May).
Support for Spencer Sport's Rallycross campaign comes from Motul, Oil 4 Wales Spencer ECA, Speedline Corse, Hopkins Specialist Race Trailers, Julian Godfrey Engineering, Sea & Slate Holiday Cottages and Ryley Wealth Management.