Pontefract’s Craig Lomax opened his 2016 MSA British Rallycross Championship assault at Croft circuit with an emphatic win.
The Milltek backed driver eased himself back into business as usual as if he hadn’t stopped for the winter break.
His rebuilt Citroen C2R2 did not miss a beat during the opening heats at the Yorkshire circuit.
A new format has been introduced by the championship where all classes except the RX150, juniors, swifts and supercars all compete in mixed heats, but Lomax did not let this distract him from the business in hand.
At the intermediate classification Lomax was in fourth place overall, which earned him a front row slot for the semi-finals.
Second place then saw Lomax proceed to the final, most of which he was running right behind the leader, Paige Bellerby.
Unfortunately he pulled up on the penultimate lap with overheating problems, but it was enough to gain him a class win and to come away from round one with maximum championship points.
Lomax also set the fastest lap time of the day in the Super 1600 class of 50.518.
Lomax was delighted with his first race of the year.
He said: ‘It was great to be back out and racing again, I’ve been looking forward to starting this exciting season all winter!
“It was a shame we had to pull up in the final, but we knew we had done enough for maximum points and didn’t want to damage the engine. Luckily it was only the head gasket.
“Thanks to all my sponsors for making this year possible, hopefully there are many great things to come this year.”
The second round of the championship moves south to Lydden Hill, in Kent, over the Easter weekend, Sunday March 27 and 28.
Lomax is aiming to follow his success from the last two years when he was MSA Hot Hatch champion in 2014 and MSA Super1600 champion in 2015.