Mad Mark wins Round 2 of Monster British Rallycross Championship

At the beginning of the year, it was feared that 'Mad Mark' would retire from rallycross after spending two years out of the sport due to budget issues. With help from companies and a scheme that was created by fans who each contribute £45, Mark is back on track once again.

After a testing start to his championship campaign with a few problems and a 6th place at Lydden Hill, Kent. Mark and the team traveled to Mallory Park in Leicestershire on Sunday 14 April for Round 2 of the Monster Energy  British Rallycross Championship.

A revamped turbo from AET Motorsport based at Normanton nr Wakefield and modifications the team made to the car between events meant that Mark had high hopes for a good finish.

In practice it was evident that the car was definitely quicker and that Mark was still a little rusty from not racing for 2 years. A power steering failure also meant that the timed practice didn't go well. Mechanics Chris and Dave fixed the problem and then into the 3 qualifying heats Mark went. Starting from row 2 in the first heat a sound 3rd place was achieved and the xsara showed promise. Heat 2 from the front row, Mark made an awesome start and took up 2nd place behind Godfrey and another good time was set. 3rd heat from the front again, and another blistering start meant Mark lead into first corner, jostling for position in the pack he was tagged by Harris in the Focus and spun out, but managed to restart and get in a time, putting the Jersey Farm Hotel Citroen xsara on front row for the Supercar final.

Mark hit the lights bang on and made a fantastic start, getting the jump on Procter and Godfrey and lead into the fast first corner. Setting off on a damp track, on slick racing tyres was brave, and meant Mark was a little hesitant into the first corner causing Godfrey to hit him from behind, this loosened Godfrey's fiesta's bonnet, which promptly opened and covered his windscreen causing him to eventually retire. Proctor meanwhile came down the inside of the squabbling Mark and Godfrey to muscle his way through, Mark then set about chasing him down and then seeing a smoking turbo sensed victory was in his sight. Mark caught and passed Procter whose car then set on fire and the race was stopped, making Mad Mark event winner and third in British Championship, only 2 points behind the leader. A big celebration was had by the team Chris, Dave, Sarah and Mad Mark who hadn't been on the top step of the podium for over 2 years.

The next event sees Mad Mark Motorsport travel to Knockhill in Scotland for round 3. Details on the team and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.madmark.co.uk

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