Wigan racer Tony Lynch can today confirm that he will return to the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship this season in a bid to defend the Supernational class crown he secured in dramatic fashion last year.
The Westhoughton-based driver enjoyed a stellar 2016 on track having made the late decision to switch to a new car on the eve of the season opener - with that decision being rewarded in fine style as he romped to the title with three wins at the wheel of his Lucas Oil Team Geriatric-run Ford KA.
Having retained the support of his loyal sponsors – including long-time title backers Lucas Oil – Tony has his sights firmly set on defending his title in what looks set to be another highly competitive season of on-track competition.
With extensive work having gone into further improving his car in preparation for the new season, Tony will look to kick-start his campaign in style at Croft later this month and he admitted he couldn’t wait to get his 2017 programme underway.
“I’m delighted to be able to confirm that I’ll be returning to the British Rallycross Championship to defend my title this season,” he said. “We’ve put a lot of work in over the winter to make sure that we could return in 2017, and I have to give massive thanks to the sponsors who continue to support me as without them, it wouldn’t have been possible. In particular I want to thank Lucas Oil, who will once again be title sponsors of Team Geriatric this season.
“There’s no doubt that we go into the new season on a huge high given how 2016 panned out, as we honestly didn’t expect to be ending the year as champions in our first year with the KA. Having won the title, we are now the team that everyone wants to beat, but we are ready for the challenge that comes with that and I’m confident that we’ll be right in the mix again this year.
“I’m very lucky to have such a hard working and dedicated team behind me, and they have all worked hard over the winter to improve the car to give us the best chance of success. I can’t wait for the new season to get underway at Croft.”
Alongside a full programme in the British Rallycross Championship, Tony also plans to contest selected events in the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship; further details of which will be revealed in due course.