Julian Godfrey reigns supreme at Pembrey

26 Jun 17

Julian Godfrey became the third different winner in the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship at Pembrey this past weekend (25 June), capping off a dominant day.

In front of one of the biggest rallycross crowds at Pembrey in the 25 years the sport has been running in South Wales, the former champion started on pole position and was ultimately never headed.

Fending off early pressure around the revised layout from Oliver Bennett, Godfrey pulled out a healthy lead which allowed him to take his joker on the final lap and secure victory by almost six seconds at the finish.

Another consistent performance from Bennett bagged his second successive podium in his maiden season to elevate him into the lead of the championship.

Nathan Heathcote fought back from a tough morning to produce a dramatic display from the back of the grid in the final to net third place.

Whilst the top three enjoyed success, several drivers found themselves out of luck, including Kevin Proctor, Ollie O’Donovan and Warren Scott. Team BMR boss Scott was forced to exit his car in heat one as his Citroen burst into flames.

Hard work saw him battle back to dominate heat three before a misfire saw his run in the final end after two corners.

Paige Bellerby continued her dominance in the MSA Supernational Rallycross Championship with a third win of the season. The Northallerton-racer emerged victorious in a drag race to the finish line with title-rival Tristan Ovenden.

Welshman Tom Llewellin gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about as he too maintained his unbeaten start to 2017 with another win in the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship.

Simon Ovenden scored victory in the Swift Sport Rallycross championship whilst Chrissy Palmer returned to winning ways in the RX150 Championship.

Capping off those who graced the top step of the podium was Paul Coney in the amalgamated Super1600/ BMW Mini/ Hot Hatch category and Roger Thomas in the Retro Rallycross Championship.

“It has been another fantastic event,” said Phil Davies, Pembrey Circuit Manager. “We have welcomed one of biggest rallycross crowds to the circuit and they were treated to a spectacular day of action.

“After a lot of hard work it was great to see our revised layout producing some great racing too, the response we’ve had from drivers and teams has been really positive.

“Our attention now turns to a host of upcoming events this summer which includes the BTRDA Clubmans and the British Automobile Racing Club. With such variety across the summer, there is something for everyone to see trackside and get closer than ever to the thrills that Pembrey provides.”

The Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship now heads to Ireland for a double-header at Mondello Park.

Pembrey welcomes the series back to South Wales on the 23/24 September.

For further information or to buy tickets, call 01554 891042 or see: http://pembreycircuit.co.uk/racing/british-rallycross-sept