Pressure on for Morgans fourth Retro Title
The annual double-header weekend returns to Pembrey, Wales this weekend for rounds 5 and 6 of the Retro Rallycross Championship. Set to be tense rounds as the Championship is still very much wide open and for the first time may result in the overall winner coming from the under 1600cc category.
Three-time Champion Ray Morgan (Ford Escort) will have his work cut out this weekend in the over 1600 class with the appearance once more of Roger Thomas in his ultra quick MG Metro 6R4. Thomas put in some outstanding runs at the first visit of the season to Wales in June, proving to be very much the man to beat in his first ever appearance in the Retro Rallycross Championship to take a well earned overall victory.
Paul Easterbrook, who is never far behind the front-runners, will be powering his Toyota MR2 round hoping to continue his usual good form and pick up enough points to safeguard his second in class position whilst Irishman Kevin Feeney, will be another driver to look out for, his familiar and immaculately turned out Ford Escort is suited to the fast Pembrey Circuit and Feeney will be pulling no punches as he strives to find his first overall win of the season.
Gary Dixon will make his maiden appearance in the Championship, gearbox issues halted his plans to join the series in August at Lydden Hill, but with all now fixed he will be a welcome addition to Retro Rallycross, familiar with the Pembrey circuit, he is expected to be a strong contender in his Vauxhall Astra. Fellow Vauxhall driver David Aiken will travel from Ireland with the Willie Singleton Rallycross team. His last outing in Retro Rallycross at Croft a couple of years ago resulted in disappointment, as technical problems with the car caused a retirement.
Missing from the grid will be Porsche driver Barry Stewart who, suffering from technical issues this season, will be sorry to miss the two events as he usually has no problem at all in getting to grips with the Welsh circuit where he has previously taken some strong victories.
The under 1600cc class is expected to be dominated once more by Mini campaigner, and current Championship leader Lance Foster who will be joined by Paul Smith in his VW Polo currently lying in second place in class. It will be the battle between Foster and Morgan that all eyes will be on as their Championship fight continues this weekend, both are aiming for the overall prestigious prize of the John Button Memorial Trophy.
Retro Rallycross Promoter Shirley Gibson is looking forward to the weekend ”Pembrey is a favourite event for us at Retro Rallycross, and it’s great to find that we are once more racing round the track in both directions which produces two entirely different race days, and a move that was well received by our drivers last season. We have previously seen some outstanding driving in both classes at Pembrey and I suspect we are in for an exciting weekend’s racing. I have been keeping an eye on the weather forecast, dry on Saturday with rain predicted for Sunday which should mix things up a bit”
2017 Super Retro Rallycross Championship Standings:
1 Ray Morgan 109
2 Paul Easterbrook 96
3 Barry Stewart 60
4 Kevin Feeney 52
5 Roger Thomas 30
6 Mark Flaherty 27
7 Mark Richardson 23
8 Darren Grimston 23
9 Terry Maynard 21
10 Jos Sterkens 21
2017 Retro Rallycross Championship (under 1600cc) Standings:
1 Lance Foster 115
2 Paul Smith 106
3 Stewart Bowes 57
4 Simon Hart 50
2017 Retro Rallycross Championship (Rally Car Class) Standings:
1 Vince Sillett 30
2 Gary Mason 27
3 Stephen Richards 25