Double delight for Lucas Oil Team Geriatric

Lucas Oil Team Geriatric came away from the annual Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship awards night with reason to cheer after securing two trophies in recognition for its 2011 campaign.Westhoughton-based racer Tony Lynch picked up his trophy for finishing second in the Suzuki Swift Sport Rallycross standings for a second successive season, while Lucas Oil Team Geriatric was also honoured as the best promoted team.The double success at the awards, held at the Hilton Hotel in Coventry on Saturday evening, comes as preparations continue for the 2012 season, where Lynch and Lucas Oil Team Geriatric will once again fight for honours in the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship.Having finished second for the past two seasons, Lynch starts 2012 fully focused on clinching the championship crown in what has rapidly become one of the most competitive classes on the British Rallycross package.“For two years now we’ve finished second in the standings, so the aim is to go one better and take the title this season,” Tony said. “It won’t be easy as the Swift field just gets stronger and stronger, but we’ve shown what we can do in recent years and I’d like to think we are starting the new season as one of the teams to beat.“Winning the best promoted team of 2011 is a great achievement for us and a good boost for all of our sponsors going into this season, as we wouldn’t be out competing if it wasn’t for their support. I fully appreciate how important it is to do all we can to represent each of our sponsors and I’m pleased that the work we’ve done on their behalf has been recognised.”As well as competing on track, Lucas Oil Team Geriatric will also help younger drivers working to come through the rallycross ranks by taking on title sponsorship of the Clubmans Rallycross Stock Hatch Championship this season.Run by the BTRDA and MDA, who have joined forces to run the Clubmans series, the Lucas Oil Team Geriatric Clubmans Rallycross Stock Hatch Championship is set to be contested over six to eight rounds, with the final schedule set to be confirmed in the near future.Lynch and Lucas Oil Team Geriatric enjoyed years of success in Stock Hatch prior to moving into the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship in 2010 – taking the National MDA title in both 2005 and 2006, and the MSA Stock Hatch title in both 2007 and 2009.“Supporting the Stock Hatch series is a chance to give something back to rallycross at grass roots level,” Lynch said. “I enjoyed my time running in the Clubmans Rallycross series and hopefully there are some drivers competing in 2012 who will follow me up into the main British series.“Stock Hatch is a great formula for people coming into the sport as it is a level that is affordable but also gives great racing. I’ll be keeping an eye out to see if there are any drivers coming through who have the potential to succeed and I’m looking forward to sharing the bill with them later in the year.”