BRX Rounds 4 and 5. For the first time since 2011 The British Rallycross championship made its return to the Irish home of Rallycross, Mondello Park just outside of Dublin.
A bumper English and Irish entry for both the Saturday and Sunday promised the prospect of some Rallycross of truly epic proportions.
However, during the first heat Lomax ‘s Citroen C2R2 drive shaft broke which was obviously a pain but not a game changer as the team had brought a spare one with them. A flurry of activity in the pits by the team to fit the replacement to get the car out again. Only to have fate deal a killer blow with the new one letting go as well, this time on the way to the dummy grid! The rest of the day was spent welding to fix one of the broken shafts.
After a late night and a huge ‘never give up’ effort by the XtremeRX team saw the car ready for round 5 on Sunday. Given the fix was a paddock special to Lomax and the team decided to simply nurse the car through the heats simply to ensure some valuable championship points would be guaranteed.
The car felt good, so the decision was made to make more of a go of it in the final. All was well after taking an early joker lap, however Lomax pulled of the track on the third lap and out of the final. this time it was wheel bearings that had failed. The luck of the Irish was most definitely against the XtremeRX team for this double header in Ireland.
Craig Lomax, #24:
‘After such a disappointing weekend we will go home strip the car back, check everything and had to the next round in Pembrey looking to put this weekend well and truly behind us’
The championship now moves back east to Pembrey in Wales for round 6 on 26th July.