Easter weekend see’s the 5 Nations British Rallycross undertake the start of their 2022 season at Lydden Hill. Round one was run on Saturday and the action is back on track with round two, on Easter Monday.
Extreme E and Nitro Rallycross star, Olive Bennett made a a much welcome return to Lydden Hill this weekend. Earlier in the week he had asked his supporters on Instagram to help him decide on what he should do during Easter weekend. If his post reached 2000 likes then he would attend the first round at Lydden Hill. The rest is history as what can only be described as a true masterclass in rallycross was given by Bennett, as he stormed to an outright victory in his 2021 Nitro Rallycross BMW Mini.
However the other star of the day had to be the 18 year old Patrick O’Donovan in what was his debut performance in the Supercar category. After several good heats and an amazing semi final he managed to place himself on the front row of the grid for the final and eventually thus claim a much deserved second place. Third place went to last years champion Derek Tohill and his Ford Fiesta, in what was a very spirited performance.
Fourth place went to Julian Godfrey with Ollie O’Donovan in fifth and Tristan Ovenden in sixth.
World Rallycross driver Sebastian Eriksson won the RX150 category with George Lepley taking second place. The third place went to the 2022 Dakar winner Sam Sunderland as he traded two wheels for four wheels at the Lydden Circuit.
Jason Bleasdale and his Vauxhall VX220 continued from where he left off in 2021 by winning all his heats and the round one final. Paige Bellerby in the Lotus Exige took second place with Darren Bleasdale in another Vauxhall VX220 taking third place.
Max Langmaid also continued from where he left off in 2021 and took the win in the junior group.
Luke Constantine claimed victory in the Swift Sport final. Max Weatherley headed the qualifying standings but could only place second in the final showdown. Extreme E driver Catie Munnings made her Swift Sport rallycross debut, but sadly retired towards the end of final.
Dave Bellerby took the round one win in his BMW Mini. Tom Constantine grabbed second place with Craig Lomax coming in third.
Round two is this Easter Monday and tickets are still available.
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