24 JUNE 2018 20:45
It wasn’t the outright victory that the Spencer Sport team hoped and deserved, but a podium in Round 5 of the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship at Pembrey is still a good achievement, as the team’s Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar survived a gruelling double-header race meeting straight after a major wheel to roof rebuild.
The car, driven by five time British Rallycross Champion Julian Godfrey, had been super-fast and running trouble-free throughout the two day meeting – and only contact from other drivers prevented the Penrhiwllan-based team from scoring victory at its home round of the series.
“It’s been an incident filled day, that’s for sure,” said Godfrey. “In the first heat, Ollie [O’Donovan] came out of the Joker Lap and they’d said in the drivers’ briefing that the Joker Lap has priority. I could see him coming out quick so I kept wide, but he was coming so fast that he couldn’t make the corner and rammed into the side of me. The impact was right on a front wheel and it broke the steering arm, so I had to pull off and that was the end of that.
“The second heat was relatively clear, and in the third one, off the start line, Kevin Proctor push Steve Hill into me. I was sideways going down the straight when Steve hit me again, this time in the front – which finished his race and at least got me pointing in the right direction again! We wanted to win that heat, but all the dramas put us fifth on the grid for the Final, and we ended up finishing third.”