Tony Lynch displayed strong progress as the BTRDA Rallycross Championship returned to Pembrey for the fourth round of the season.
Tony and his Lucas Oil Team Geriatric squad made the journey to South Wales seeking to build on an impressive performance in the previous two meetings, which were held back-to-back at the same circuit earlier in the summer.
Having made a series of revisions to his MINI Cooper S in the time between races, Tony headed for Pembrey in confident mood and a solid showing in free practice was an indication of what was to come.
Although contact with one of his rivals in the second of the four Supermodified Class heats hampered his challenge, a brace of top six finishes allowed Tony to secure seventh place on the grid for the main ‘A’ Final.
Keeping out of trouble and making the most of the latest developments to his car, Tony brought the MINI to the finish in a solid sixth place overall and third amongst the over two-litre cars.
As a result, he sits third in the class championship standings once dropped scores are taken into account ahead of the next round of the season at Croft in November.
“We made a number of changes to the car after the last round and it was pleasing to see the positive impact they had,” he said. "The Avo shock absorbers improved the handling and the extra weight we managed to get out of the car also worked in our favour.
"Considering that we are still down on power a lot compared to some of our rivals, I think the performance we displayed was really encouraging - especially given the early stage we are at with the development of the car. The handling was spot on which helped us to improve our pace, and we know that more will come as we get more weight out of the car and improve the power.
“The brakes and the stopping power are the next thing on the list and we’ll work on that ahead of Croft, but to be ‘best of the rest’ at this stage is really encouraging. I’m delighted to see where we are at the moment and there is a lot more still to come.”