The 2018 Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship will go down to the wire following a frenetic eighth round of the season at Pembrey on Sunday (September 23), won by five-time champion Julian Godfrey.
On what was the second visit to the Welsh venue this year by the series, Godfrey produced a superlative performance at the wheel of his Spencer Sport Mitsubishi Mirage to remain in title contention alongside Ollie O’Donovan and Mark Higgins.
With the introduction of a new first corner configuration being implemented, the action proved to be fast and furious as Godfrey surged to his third victory of the year.
Starting second on the grid for the final, Godfrey made the best start to launch into the lead whilst Albatec Racing’s Higgins spun out of contention following contact. As Godfrey powered away from his rivals, O’Donovan held station in second.
Further back, Higgins continued his recovery by climbing into fourth at the end of lap one and then taking his joker lap early. Fourth soon became third as Higgins overhauled Tom Bardy and that was to be how it finished as Godfrey underlined his title credentials.
As the final round’s score must be counted, each driver has now dropped their worse two scores from the first eight rounds of the year, meaning O’Donovan leads the standings by four points from Godfrey, with Higgins another point further back.
In the MSA Supernational Rallycross Championship, Tristan Ovenden took another step closer to retaining his crown with an impressive sixth victory of the season. Having been in the mix throughout the day, the Renault Clio V6 driver was
Luke Constantine moved into the lead of the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship standings following victory after a back-and-forth duel with brother Tom. Elsewhere, Simon Ovenden won the eighth round of the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship however his triumph wasn’t enough to stop Morgan Bailey from claiming title honours.
David Bell was perfection personified in the BMW Mini Rallycross Championship as he cantered to his fourth win of the season.
Capping off the list of race winners was Roger Thomas who piloted his freshly-restored MG Metro 654 to the top of the podium in the Retro Rallycross Championship.
Next up at Pembrey is the second visit of the British Truck Racing Association Championship, which takes place on October 13/14. For more information on the event, click here.