Lynch tagets winning repeat at Lydden Rallycross

Tony Lynch will hope to bounce back from a difficult weekend last time out in Belgium when the Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship returns to Lydden Hill this weekend for the fifth round of the season.Tony was forced to retire from the final at the Maasmechelen circuit after being caught up in an accident on the opening lap and has now dropped to third in the Suzuki Swift Sport Rallycross standings; 17 points behind defending champion Dave Bellerby.With his Lucas Oils Team Geriatric car having undergone extensive work since the Belgian race weekend to repair the damage sustained, Tony now returns to Lydden Hill hoping to repeat the victory he secured earlier in the year.Having taken victory in the season opener at the Kent venue, Tony makes the long trip from Lancashire for the Bank Holiday meeting aware that nothing less than a maximum score will do as he looks to close the gap to Bellerby in the title race.“I won at Lydden Hill at the start of the year and I know I can do it again this weekend,” Tony said. “After the weekend we had in Belgium, I’ve just got to focus on my own race and not worry about what others are doing. I think there are 18 cars this weekend so its going to be important to get to the front and keep out of trouble.“The boys have worked really hard on the car since we returned from Belgium and have put in a lot of hours to make sure it looks like new as we get ready for the second half of the year.“With the championship standings as they are, we just have to go out to win every time – it’s no good settling for second or third. We need Dave to have a touch of bad luck like we’ve had ourselves, but we won’t give up fighting as we try to close the gap and keep the title fight alive.”In between the events at Maasmechelen and Lydden Hill, Tony was invited by the BTRDA to present trophies during the fourth round of their season at Blyton.With Lucas Oils Team Geriatric putting up a ‘Driver of the Day’ award, Tony was given the role of presenting the prize to winner Ben Cree, who competes in the same Stockhatch category where Tony enjoyed championship winning success earlier in his career.“It was nice to be invited by BTRDA championship co-ordinator Andy Bedford to present the trophies at Blyton,” Tony said. “It felt good to be back in the paddock and I thought it was quite apt that the driver who won the Lucas Oils Team Geriatric award was someone competing in the category where I raced for so many years.”