Roger Thomas in his Ford Fiesta RX Supercar

Roger Thomas Eyes Rallycross Wins As Pembrey Circuit Sets Sights On Track Improvements

By Paul Evans

Roger Thomas will return to the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy for a selected programme of events in 2022, driving his HT Installations-backed Ford Fiesta Supercar.

The Llandysul driver began using the Fiesta in 2019, and whilst he is yet to claim an outright victory in the M-Sport built car he has showed race winning potential with podium finishes.

“I’m definitely going to Lydden for the first rounds. I love that track, it’s fantastic,” says Thomas.

“I’m very keen to race at Mondello Park [Ireland] and in France [Dreux] as I’ve never been to those tracks, and I’ve seen the work going into the new changes at Pembrey which will certainly be better than the previous version of the track there too.

 

“I’m going to do as many rounds as I can.

“The car is pretty much as it was. We have some work to do with the launch procedure, which fingers crossed can get sorted before Lydden next month.

“We’ve had a few podiums before and won a couple of semi-finals so if things go well, and with a bit of luck, I’m hoping to get a few more podiums and improve on our third places with maybe some seconds or a win.”

The British Rallycross Championship makes two visits to Pembrey Circuit this year, over the weekends of 14/15 May and 27/29 August.

The first two corners were widened last year, reducing the number of collisions that tended to happen early in a race.

This year the gravel section will also be opened up, the chicane removed and a long sweeping right-hand corner leading onto the Speedway Straight introduced  – all of which should make the rallycross action faster and more spectacular to watch.

“We changed the rallycross layout a few years ago and having run on that a few times, we could see areas for improvement,” says Pembrey Circuit Manager Phil Davies.

“We found on the second half of the gravel section there was a lot of course cutting and contact, so we’ve made the changes to make it flow a lot better.

“We’re making a much more open corner on the gravel back onto the Tarmac; hopefully the cars will be drifting sideways all the way around there now.

“That will open up overtaking, which will be good for the drivers and the crowd.

“We’re really excited to have 5 Nations BRX back again this season.”

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