Julian Godfrey wins at Croft to take British Rallycross Championship points lead

Julian Godfrey propelled himself to the top of the standings in the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship this past Sunday (July 29), taking victory at Croft Circuit in round six.

Visiting North Yorkshire for the second time this season, the series battled it out in contrasting conditions to last time, with heavy rain added further spice to the action in front of a hearty crowd.

Entering the weekend third in the points, five-time champion Godfrey produced a stellar performance to take a maximum score, vaulting himself to the summit of the leaderboard.

Kevin Proctor led the way in two of the three heats in the run to the final, with Godfrey the other pace setter. Come the end of the day however nobody could stop the Spencer Sport Mitsubishi Mirage as he got a good start and converted his front row start into a lead that he ultimately never lost.

Behind, Ollie O’Donovan saw his hopes of a podium disappear whilst giving chase to Godfrey and Proctor. The Ford Focus driver suffered broken right front suspension and finished the contest sixth, leaving him tied for second overall with Mark Higgins, a point off Godfrey.

Higgins benefitted from O’Donovan’s woes to round off the podium with Steve Hill and Liam Manning rounding out the top five.

Elsewhere reigning MSA Supernational Rallycross champion Tristan Ovenden overcame the challenging conditions to clinch his fourth victory of the season ahead of local star Paige Bellerby and Paul Coney.

Solberg Hansen recorded his second win in the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship as it boasted a record 12 drivers that started. As others lost their way during the final encounter, Hansen held his nerve to thread his way into the lead and power to victory ahead of Patrick O’Donovan and Ben Sayer.

Morgan Bailey delivered a champions performance in the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship to pip Tom Llewellin and Simon Ovenden after a race-long battle.

There were two attempts to run the BMW Mini Rallycross Championship final but when it came to a close, David Bell emerged as the victor and in-doing so took the lead of the points too.

Rounding out the list of winners from a wet and wild weekend was Gary Dixon in the Retro Rallycross Championship final following a monumental scrap with James Harrold, Gary Simpson, Jason Bowes and Ian Biagi.