Rallycross series comes to Pembrey
THE Monster Energy MSA British Rallycross Championship returns to Pembrey for the first time since 2010 next Sunday when the penultimate round of the six-event series takes place.
The championship is finely poised, with current champion Julian Godfrey at the top of the chart but just three points ahead of multiple title winner Pat Doran, who has won the two most events in his new Citroën DS3.
The championship has 44 points available at Pembrey and the final round at Croft in North Yorkshire, with drivers counting only their best five results at the end of the year, so the leading pair will be keeping an eye on Gary Pusey and Andy Grant.
Pembrey will provide a full day of action from 9am, with the British championship's supporting classes also nearing the end of their series and Ash Simpson on the verge of securing the Supernational title in his Lotus Exige.
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West Wales rallycross star Mike Howlin has only been on track a couple of times this year in his rear-wheel drive Fiesta, but he has entered his home event at Pembrey and looks capable of taking the fight to Simpson.
The most closely fought of the eight championships that appear on the British championship bill is the Swift Sport series, where the top seven drivers remain in contention for the title.
The evenly matched 1600cc Suzuki Swifts used in the one-make series provide consistently close racing and there have five different event winners so far this year.
The series is led by Jonny Bean, a point ahead of Chris Mullen.
James Ross can clinch the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship with a good result at Pembrey where the Super1600, Hot Hatch, BMW MINI and RX150 championships also appear alongside the Monster Energy British series.
New to the championship this year is the Retro Rallycross series for historic or classic cars, with four-wheel-drive cars such as the MG Metro 6R4 and Lancia Delta Integrale, and Pembrey also includes the final round of the Clubmans Rallycross Championship, with double points on offer.
Admission is £12 for adults, with accompanied children up to 14 free.
Success on two wheels increased for Port Talbot Motorcycle Racing Club youngster Joe Thomas, who rode in the prestigious BSB Monster Energy Moto Stars meeting at Donington Park.
He took his Moto UK Racing Honda RS125 through two test sessions and his first timed session gave him 12th spot on the grid of 31 riders.
The race on the following day was delayed by a big crash in the main Superbike race and shortened from 14 laps to ten.
When the race did start, Thomas was caught out as the lights went out and dropped back.
Nevertheless, he fought back, taking a few places back while also fending off a number of pursuers and finishing with a championship point, making his mark on his debut at this level.
The next round of the championship is at Silverstone this weekend.