Julian Godfrey scorches to British Rallycross Championship victory at Lydden Hill

Julian Godfrey took a step closer to clinching a sixth Toyo Tires Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship title this past Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) as the Ford Fiesta driver reigned supreme at Lydden Hill.

Battling searing temperatures at the Kent venue, Godfrey produced a scorching performance to take control of the overall standings with double-header events at Pembrey and Croft now only remaining on the 2019 calendar.

Heading into the fourth event of the season tied on points with chief title protagonist Derek Tohill, the battle for supremacy across both loose and tarmac surfaces reached fever pitch in front of a bumper trackside crowd.

Tohill would strike first on race day as he powered his Ford Fiesta to the fastest time in the first round of qualifying heats, before Godfrey then did the same in both Q2 and Q3.

Jack Thorne, who was making his first Supercar start in three years, underlined his credentials as one to watch as he got the launch as the lights went out for the final and leapt into an early lead from behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta.

Despite the strong start from the front row Thorne was unable to hold off the charging Godfrey who retook the lead at the end of the opening lap. From there, the former champion was unstoppable and went on to score his third win of the season.

Tohill emerged from an almighty scrap for third place to claim the final spot on the podium, albeit narrowly ahead of the charging Steve Hill.

In the Motorsport UK Supernational Rallycross Championship, Tristan Ovenden continued his unbeaten run of form to score yet another victory, leading Peter McGarry and Darren Scott across the line in an ultra-competitive final.

Patrick O’Donovan, son of former British RX champion Ollie O’Donovan, moved to the summit of the Motorsport UK Junior Rallycross Championship standings as he claimed his first win of the season in impressive fashion.

Tom Constantine delivered a controlled drive in the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship whilst Drew Bellerby took a lights-to-flag victory in the BMW Mini Rallycross Championship.

Rounding out the list of winners at Lydden Hill was Gary Simpson, who reigned supreme in the Retro Rallycross Championship.

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