The latest rounds of the PartsforCars.ie Irish Rallycross Championship took place at Pembrey racing circuit in Wales at the weekend. Glorious sunshine made the circuit very quick and very dusty. The “IRL1” driver, Willie Coyne, was lucky to make the Sunday Superfinal after he lost his way in the dust and narrowly avoided the barrier on the exit in the modified A Final.
Tommy Graham, who is contesting the BTRDA series in 2016, had two heat wins on Saturday and was leading the final by a significant margin when the turbo failed on the final lap. Having coasted over the line for the win, Dominic McNeill and Jack burnt the midnight oil repairing the car for Sunday’s action. With no spare turbo available, the duo had no option but to rebuild the offending item, but Tommy paid them back on Sunday with three more heat wins and the Super Modified final too! The team opted out of the Superfinal as the car was overheating slightly, but Tommy was quickest of the visiting Irish drivers all weekend. With five maximum scores, the former Irish Rallycross
Champion now leads the BTRDA series in the Super Modified class and also holds an 11 point lead in the overall championship with two rounds to run. Reigning Champion John Ward took another maximum in the Production Class but with no score in the opening round he lies fourth in the class title chase and ninth in the overall series.
In the Irish Superfinal on Sunday, Coyne got the perfect start and made it to the turn one first. He got the head down from there and there was little Pa Ryan could do to get by despite a fantastic drive in his Vauxhall Nova. Lloyd Spendlove’s Lotus was next up with Pearse Browne’s M3 powered BMW Compact and John Ward next up! Noel Greene also debuted his new Mitsubishi Mirage Supercar but with the car just built had a few teething problems and some accident damage- he still took a heat win though, showing that the car will be a force to be reckoned with once it gets a few miles under its belt. Unfortunately former champion Thomas O’Rafferty had mechanical issues which sidelined him all weekend.
Sunday Superfinal results:
1. Willie Coyne
2. Pat Ryan
3. Lloyd Spendlove
4. Pearse Browne
5. John Ward
6. Leigh-Anne Sedgwick
Images, unless otherwise stated, from Trev Coulson- RallycrossPhotos.co.uk