Kumho Tyres MSA British Rallycross Championship
Round 5, Lydden - 25th August
Steve Hill (Aylesbury) claimed his second win of the year in the Kumho Tyres MSA British Rallycross Championship at Lydden, breathing new life into his championship hopes in the process. After engine problems left him with a zero score in round four of the championship, Hill needed a good result in round five. With two events left to run, Hill is third, four points behind Lawrence Gibson (Banbridge) and 15 adrift of series leader Ollie O'Donovan (London).
Pole position for the British championship Superfinal race was taken by Pat Doran (Winkleigh) who took a clear win in the Supercar A final. Behind Doran, the battle for places was hard fought, Hill running second for much of the race but struggling with damaged steering and losing the place to O'Donovan who surged ahead at the Devil's Elbow late in the race.
At the start of the Superfinal Hill and Doran jockeyed for position but both ran wide in the first corner and it was O'Donovan who moved through to take the lead. Hill and Doran ran second and third, the leading three cars then joined by Liam Doran who made it a four-car lead battle until the propshaft in his RS200 failed and he was forced to retire. Hill challenged O'Donovan for the lead at every turn, but was rebuffed time and again. The race order appeared settled when, at the start of the last lap Hill lunged to O'Donovan's left at the Devil's Elbow - repeating the same move the champion had earlier used against him - and seized the lead. Doran also saw a chance and moved into challenge O'Donovan but as the two touched, Hill was able to open out a small lead and move away to take the win.
Superfinal (5.5 laps): 1 Steve Hill (Mitsubishi Lancer E9) 3m33.451s; 2 Ollie O'Donovan (Peugeot 306) 3m37.838s; 3 Pat Doran (Ford Fiesta ST) 4m10.641s; 4 Andy Grant (Ford Escort) 4m16.486s; 5 Chris Langley (Ford Escort) 4m18.289s; 6 James Bird (Renault ClioSport V6) 4m27.644s; 7 John Collins (Vauxhall Tigra) 4 laps; 8 Liam Doran (Ford RS200) 2 laps.
Next event: Pembrey September 28
1 O'Donovan 123;
2 Gibson 112;
3 Hill 108.