Craig Lomax and his XtremeRX team did not finish the year off at round 8 of the MSA Rallycross Championship as they had hoped. The 2015 Super 1600 champion blew a hole in his newly prepared engine before the day had even got properly going. There was then a heroic 200 miles round trip dash to collect their spare engine. The team worked hard all day and managed to have the replacement engine back in the car for Lomax to be allowed a test lap before the finals. Lomax was unable to take part in the finals due to the fact he hadn’t recorded any heat times. This was a disappointing end to a tough season for the team.
Craig Lomax, #24:
“Developing a new Super 1600 car was always going to be a tough and at times frustrating undertaking. It’s been a tough year for the team. But we have had an extensive development plan, which we are still following. The plans for next year are exciting”
The Grand Prix is run the day after the final British round. In keeping with previous years this year’s guest driver was the voice of World RX Andrew Coley. Coley is no stranger to being behind a wheel with a pedigree of rallying behind him. After practice Coley’s response was that the car was ‘a weapon’ He looked to be settling into an impressive day’s racing putting half a lap into the rest of the field in his first heat. However engine gremlins were to make an unwelcome reappearance forcing him to pulling over before the end of the heat and sadly finishing his day prematurely
“I really enjoyed the Rallycross GP at croft. The XtremeRX team were fantastic from the start and made me feel really welcome. I’m always nervous before competing and particularly when using someone else’s pride and joy Rallycross car, but they inspired me with confidence to push as did the car.
Unfortunately a tiny electrical fault halted our progress at 3 laps in, but the fact we were leading by 9 seconds at that point shows what we might have achieved!”