The long awaited start of the very first Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship under the new guise of 5 Nations Trophy finally got underway over the August bank holiday (30th-31st August) at the spiritual home of the sport Lydden Hill. The event was not only run in its new format but also adhered strictly to the governing body’s Covid protocalls, which effectively made the paddock a bubble.
During free practice Lomax drove his Cobra Exhausts backed C2 super 1600 to an astonishing 20th overall. He sat out free practice 2 as the team worked on setting on the car to stiffen up the handling. Heat 1 was the final race of day one and one that saw Lomax brutally dumped out after contact with another car just as they were entering the loose section of Chessons Drift, a disappointing end to the first day for the team.
The second day dawned, and a niggling problem became apparent to the team. It was mainly due to the new power that had been introduced since last year as a result the cars gearing was not right one of the team mechanics jokingly stated, ‘if only we could have half gears!’ Despite this Lomax piloted the car into a strong third place in the Super 1600 Class.
The paired down championship is due to hold its second event north of the boarder at Knockhill in Scotland. The first time the championship has visited the Scottish circuit for nearly 6 years! Racing will take place over the weekend of 26th and 27th September 2020.
Craig Lomax, #24:
‘Its been a very long wait for us to get started this year and things are still very strange, both for obvious reasons. The team and our sponsors have worked really hard since last year and Sabrina unbelievably has slightly more power.
It will be nice to go back to Knockhill again and it will level the playing field as nobody has driven the newly redeveloped RX track there.’