Cobra Sport backed rallycross driver Craig Lomax made the first of 2 visits to the home of Welsh motorsport, Pembrey Circuit, for the third and fourth rounds of the 5 Nations British Rallycross Championship, aiming to put the roll that ended his charge at the last round firmly behind him.
Round 3 was held on Saturday 14th May in near perfect conditions the newly redeveloped Pembrey circuit was raced in the anti-clockwise direction, which is arguably the harder of both layouts. The Cobra Sport backed driver continued to gel with the newly developed car and sat in 5th place after the qualifying rounds.
He lined up for the 8 car final on the outside of the second row, knowing a good start was vital for success. As luck would have it two of the front row cars were DNS which gave Lomax a clear run into the first corner where he tucked in behind the pole sitting car. Opting to take his Joker on the second lap gave him the room he needed to secure second place. He pushed hard throughout the race putting his BMW Mini up on two wheels, but couldn’t find a way into the top spot.
After over night rain round four got underway with pretty much identical conditions to the previous day, with the exception of an ever-strengthening wind. Things didn’t go quite to plan after a poor joker strategy in Q3 he found himself sitting in 6th place overall and on the third row of the grid for the final. Perhaps making up places in the fiercely competitive class on a circuit that offers little or no passing opportunities was a big ask but Lomax pushed as hard as possible eventually crossing the line in 8th spot.
Consistency is key to winning in the British Rallycross and Lomax sits in joint 4th place after 4 rounds. The championship has a short break of just over 2 weeks before they visit Mondello Park in Ireland for rounds 5 and 6.
Craig Lomax, #24:
‘I’m still getting used to the car and the class, so far I’m loving it. Its great to be back racing door to door again, I just got my joker strategy wrong on Sunday which is frustrating. Thanks to Cobra Sport and my fellow supporters with whom none of this would be possible."