Pontefract’s Craig Lomax finished third when the British Rallycross Championship headed just over the English Channel to Duivelsberg Circuit in Maasmechelen, Belgium.
Lomax, the current British Super1600 champion, and his his XtremeRX team were looking to put the gremlins that have dogged them for most of this season firmly behind them.
The event was unusually run over a day and a half with free practice and the first qualifiers on Saturday afternoon and the remainder of the qualifiers and the finals on Sunday.
MillTek Sport backed driver Lomax put in some strong qualifying times, culminating in a fifth overall placing in the third qualifying round.
In a strong international field of 13 drivers that included many EuroRX drivers, Lomax lined up in the first semi-final on the second row in the perfect position for the long drag
down to the first corner.
He entered the corner in joint second place but with the inside line and in a great position. However fate was to yet again play a cruel hand and Lomax was forced to pull over on the penultimate lap with a split intercooler pipe, damage sustained by contact on a previous lap.
Lomax said: “A small bump made a big problem which forced me to pull over when I was in a good position to qualify for the final but that’s rallycross.”
He still finished as the third placed British driver. This places him in second place just three points behind the current leader with three rounds remaining. Round six will be at Lydden Hill in Kent on August 29.