Defending British champion Lomax finishes in third

Craig Lomax in action in the MSA British Rallycross Championship round eight at Croft Circuit. Picture: MATT BRISTOW Rubber Duck Does RallyX  Photography
Craig Lomax in action in the MSA British Rallycross Championship round eight at Croft Circuit. Picture: MATT BRISTOW Rubber Duck Does RallyX Photography

After a trouble plagued season Pontefract driver Craig Lomax has had to settle for a third place in the British Rallycross Championship, in association with Odyssey Batteries.

Lomax has faced several problems with his car during the eight round series, but is pleased to have ended up with a podium finish in his class.

Round eight headed to Croft Circuit, in North Yorkshire, for the 2016 season finale. Lomax and his XtremeRX Team headed to their home event knowing that retaining the championship crown was not possible.

This, however, did not deter them as the aim was to put in a solid and reliable performance to see the season out.

The qualifying heats were run as a ‘super’ class amalgamating Hot Hatch, BMW Mini and Super 1600 together to give full grids and better racing.

The Milltek and Baxi backed driver got off to a good start in tricky conditions. But on the third lap of Q2 disaster struck when he lost one of his front wheels, giving him a did not finish.

He was straight back to business, claiming second overall in the final round of qualifying, however, and still secured a front row grid position for the final.

Lomax headed into the first corner after the long drag from the start in third place and went on to hold the position until the checkered flag six laps later.

Even with his string of bad luck he was able to see the year out in third place overall.

Lomax said: “Considering the problems we have had to overcome this year I am happy with third place, at times it felt like we wouldn’t see the end of the season!

“We are already preparing for next year, this is rallycross we have to just move on and come back better each time we go out and race.

“I can’t thank my supporters and especially my sponsors enough, without them racing just wouldn’t be possible.”

The 2017 season gets underway again at Croft on March 19 with further rounds all over the country during the year.