23 JUNE 2018 20:35
The Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar was the fastest car around the Welsh Motorsport Centre at Pembrey today, dominating Round 4 of the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship by winning three out of three Heats. It was nothing less than the Penrhiwllan-based Spencer Sport team deserved, after the mechanics totally rebuilt the Mirage RX in just 10 days, after the car’s shell returned to its workshop following a massive accident on the previous round of the series at Croft.
Julian Godfrey was driving superbly, the Heathfield-based five time British Rallycross Champion winning three out of three races with relative ease to qualify for the Final.
In front of an army of loyal Spencer Sport Welsh fans, enjoying some great rallycross action on one of the sunniest days of the summer, the scene was set for what surely would be victory in the Final. But it wasn’t to be, as a kamikaze move by title rival Mark Higgins saw the Mirage RX Supercar hit hard from behind and pushed into a spin on the opening lap – forcing Godfrey to finish the race on a rear puncture and in fourth place.
“It went really well in the Heats – the car was getting faster and faster and we were doing a few fine adjustments to springs and roll bars and improving it all the time,” said Godfrey. “We were hoping to continue our winning ways in the Final, but it wasn’t to be. Off the start line Mark [Higgins] tried to squeeze me off the track coming up to the first corner and Ollie [O’Donovan] came up the inside of us because we’d ran a little wide. Mark also did the same move off the start line in the first Heat - I moved to the inside to get away from him then, but he later tried to get me excluded for going over the white line, so this time I held my line so I didn’t go over the white line. Then, coming into the next right hander, I touched the brakes and Mark came right into one of my rear tyres at some force and sent me around, which also punctured the tyre. I almost saved it, but I had to get on the brakes again as I didn’t want to hit the back of Ollie’s car, and spun. I got the car to the finish and scored some championship points for finishing fourth, which is better than no points. The move by Mark wasn’t on and it ruined both our races – if he hadn’t hit me, he wouldn’t have got a puncture and finished down the order either. Tomorrow is another day and we’ve shown we have the fastest car at Pembrey. I’m looking forward to the racing on Sunday, because the track is run in the opposite direction, which makes it completely different and we’ll treat it like a new track.”
The performance of the Spencer Sport Mirage RX Supercar bodes well for tomorrow (Sunday 24 June), as the team remains at Pembrey for Sunday’s Round 5 of the British Rallycross Championship – which will be run on the same track, but in an anti-clockwise direction.