Westhoughton-based racer Tony Lynch made a solid start to his Monster Energy MSA British Rallycross Championship campaign with a fourth place finish in the season opener at Lydden Hill.
The Lucas Oil Team Geriatric driver made the long trip South hopeful of a winning start to his assault on the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship, with a bumper field of identical Suzuki Swifts doing battle in the first race of the year.
With his car only completed in the week leading into the event, Tony secured pole position for the points scoring final.
In the final saw Tony missed out on a podium finish by just 0.02 seconds.
“We headed down to Lydden Hill hoping to start the season with a win, so obviously it’s a bit disappointing that we came away from the weekend with fourth,” he said. “However, the big positive to take away from the weekend is that I was on the pace straight away and to win two of the heats was good, even though I missed out on fastest time of the day.
“The lap times between the top drivers were really close so the rest of the season is going to be interesting.
“Even though we missed out this time, I think we showed that once again we’re going to be right in the thick of things at the front.”
l Pictured: Tony Lynch in action on the track