Star names join field as 5 Nations BRX heads to Pembrey for two-direction double-header challenge
The 2022 Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy returns to Pembrey Circuit in South Wales this weekend for its second Welsh instalment of the campaign, where drivers will face the challenge of racing in a different direction on each day of the event (August 27-28).
Star names join the 5 Nations BRX roster in several categories, with former champions returning to the series along with race winners and champions from different disciplines.
Racing on the revised for 2022 loose-surface rallycross section, the circuit will run in an anti-clockwise layout on Saturday and clockwise layout on Sunday, where…
- 2017 Supercar Champion Nathan Heathcote returns to the 5 Nations BRX headline category driving the Citroen C4 in which he contested his first-ever Supercar event.
- Three-time 2022 event-winner and points leader Patrick O’Donovan (Ford Fiesta) returns to the circuit where he claimed his maiden top-flight victory in May, which he backed up with a second victory in the same weekend.
- Six-time Supercar Champion Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta) returns to the scene of his most recent victory (in 2021), targeting a 24th career win.
- Reigning champion Derek Tohill (Ford Fiesta) looks to make amends for a challenging weekend in 5 Nations BRX’s last visit to South Wales to reignite his title-challenge.
- Tristan Ovenden (Citroen DS3) heads to Wales on a high following a maiden Supercar win at Mondello Park (Ireland) in the fifth round of the series.
- Former champion Ollie O’Donovan (Ford Focus) focuses on victory having lost out to son Patrick in round six at Mondello Park.
- Steve Hill (Mitsubishi Evo) targets a podium finish following his return to the rostrum at both Pembrey and Mondello Park this year.
- Local star Roger Thomas (Ford Fiesta), Volvo C30 driver Dom Flitney, Citroen DS3 campaigner Mike Sellar and Mitsubishi Evo racer Bradley Sampson return to the Supercar fold for rounds seven and eight.
- Supernational front-runners Jason Bleasdale (Vauxhall VX220) and Paige Bellerby (Lotus Exige) will continue their battle at the front of the two-wheel-drive order as Darren Bleasdale (Vauxhall VX220) returns to the series.
- Owen Robbins and reigning champion Max Langmaid are tied at the head of the Motorsport UK Junior Rallycross Championship points’ race for single-specification 1300cc Suzuki Swifts, while Ryan Smith makes his Junior RX debut in the eight-car field.
- W Series star Jamie Chadwick, truck racing legend Ryan Smith, works Nissan driver Jann Mardenborough and former Junior RX champion Tom Llewellin join a competitive line-up in the RX150 Championship for single-specification buggies.
- Former Swift Sport champion Max Weatherley and former Junior RX title-winner Luke Constantine are separated by a single-point at the head of the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship, as Chris O’Hara returns and Fynn Watt is set for rallycross debut.
- David Bellerby leads the single-make BMW Mini Rallycross Championship ahead of Bradley Turner and Tom Constantine, while David Bell continues to lead the new ALL4 category for four-wheel-drive machines, but will face new opposition from Edward Stallard in a brand-new car.
- Machines from across the rallycross ages assemble in the Retro Rallycross Championships, with John Cross (Lancia Stratos) and Tony Lynch (Toyota MR2) leading the respective points’ races. Former title-winner Ray Morgan (Ford Escort) returns, along with rallycross stalwart Allan Tapscott (Ford Escort).
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