Julian Godfrey (Heathfield) and Derek Tohill (Dublin) claimed a win apiece in the third and fourth rounds of the Toyo Tires Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship at Pembrey Circuit last weekend to hold a joint points lead at the mid-season point of the of the eight-race series.
Racing his multiple title-winning Ford Fiesta Supercar, Godfrey topped the Intermediate Classification in both rounds in South Wales, with the circuit run in opposing directions across the two days.
In round three on Saturday, Godfrey converted pole into a comfortable victory to move into the lead of the Championship, but in a rain-hit final on Sunday, Tohill took the advantage in the opening corners and never looked back, delivering a strong performance, to win his second event of the season and return to the top of the standings, tied with Godfrey.
Tohill initially finished second in round three behind Godfrey, but was handed an eight-second penalty for an overtaking manoeuvre on Ollie O’Donovan (Iver), swapping the finishing positions of the two drivers. O’Donovan was again on the podium in round four, but was overtaken by Godfrey in the final and finished third.
Roger Thomas (Llandysul) debuted a new Ford Fiesta Supercar at his home event and spent the weekend learning about the characteristics of the machine. A brace of fourth place finishes were reward for his effort, his pace improving across the two days.
Steve Hill (Thame) meanwhile contested both rounds with a Ford Focus owned by O’Donovan, as an engine-dyno failure on Friday meant his team couldn’t complete necessary running with his regular Mitsubishi Evo. Hill finished fifth in both rounds, ahead of Andy Grant (Barnstaple) and Simon Horton (Clitheroe), the Lancastrian returning to the series with his updated Subaru.