Stewart returns to Retro Rallycross with Lydden Hill victory
Driving the Porsche 911 that won the first ever British Rallycross Grand Prix in 1982, Barry Stewart returned to the Retro Rallycross Championship for the second round of the season at Lydden Hill on Easter Monday and claimed victory (April 17).
It was round one winner and Championship leader Ray Morgan who started on pole position for the final in his title-winning Ford Escort, thanks to a fastest time in Q2 and a pair of second fastest times in Q1 and Q3, while Stewart was forced to miss Q1 with a fuel problem.
Second fastest to Morgan in Q2 and fastest overall in Q3 secured Stewart a front row start for the final, the pair sandwiching the Mini Clubman of Lance Foster, who was fastest in Q1. As the lights turned green in the final, Stewart made the best launch in the run down to the first corner and seized the lead, where he would stay for the entire race, fending off pressure from Morgan throughout, the Escort just over half a second behind the Porsche at the finish.
“It’s really nice to get back out again as part of my selected rounds this season. The competition is still as hard as ever and it’s really nice to win,” said Stewart. “It was a really good day, we had some great clean racing. It’s great fun to race with Ray, he’s really quick and we’re both on the limit chasing each other. The 911 takes some hanging on to but it’s great to race around Lydden as always.”
Following Stewart Bowes’ podium in the opening round of the year at Croft, it was Lance Foster’s turn to put a Mini Clubman on the podium, keeping the leading duo honest during the encounter.
Bowes was fourth, fending off the attentions of Toyota MR2 driver Paul Easterbrook, while Paul Smith completed the top six with his Volkswagen Polo. Mark Richardson made his Retro Rallycross debut at Lydden Hill with his monstrous Sierra Cosworth and was third fastest in Q1, behind Foster and Morgan. Sadly for Richardson his day ended on the final lap of Q2 with an engine problem.
“It’s always a treat to take Retro Rallycross to Lydden Hill and the Easter weekend didn’t disappoint. It was a great result for Barry on his return, he and his super-quick Porsche received such a warm welcome from the other competitors and spectators,” said Retro Rallycross Manager, Shirley Gibson. “Despite some technical problems Barry was able to keep the others on their toes and his drive in the final was brilliant. The battle between him and Ray was fantastic to watch. It was also great to have Mark join us for the first time, hopefully at his next event he will have a little more luck. I’m really excited to see how the following events unfold as the driver’s battle for the title.”
2017 Retro Rallycross Championship: Round Two, Final Result:
1 Barry Stewart Porsche 911
2 Ray Morgan Ford Escort
3 Lance Foster Mini Clubman
4 Stewart Bowes Mini Clubman
5 Paul Easterbrook Toyota MR2
6 Paul Smith Volkswagen Polo
7 Mark Richardson Ford Sierra
Round three of the Retro Rallycross Championship takes place at Pembrey in South Wales on June 25.