ALBATEC NCME AND MARK HIGGINS FOCUSED ON REPEAT LYDDEN VICTORY
(ALBATEC Press Release) Albatec Racing NCME and Mark Higgins return to the scene of their round two victory for round seven of British RX at Lydden Hill on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August. Driving the #34 Eddie Stobart NCME-supported Peugeot 208 RX Supercar, Mark will bid for a second win in the domestic series in his efforts to clinch the crown at his first attempt. Back at Kent in May, the triple British Rally Champion overcame a rare misjudgement in Q1 while leading, bouncing back to take a convincing Q3 victory, win his semi-final and take a three second winning margin in the Final. It’s not been an easy campaign for James Bond’s stunt driver, but since the season-opener at Silverstone Mark has consistently proved to be among the fastest on track, with one win, three seconds and a third place to his credit. Last time out at Croft, unseasonable weather conditions took their toll, after a great start saw him a full second faster in practice. A broken windscreen wiper, in torrential rain, dented his race-winning hopes, but the Manxman is determined to put that behind him as he strives for victory. Mark sits just one point adrift of Julian Godfrey, sharing second place with Ollie O’Donovan, with a total of 90 points available from the three remaining rounds. While it’s too soon to talk about the effects of dropped scores, he knows another strong points haul is necessary to keep his championship aspirations on target.
“It was great to win at Lydden back in May," said Higgins, "in difficult conditions, particularly after the shaky start to Q1. Since then we’ve been consistently at the sharp end in terms of results and lap times, and it’s nice to be running so close to the experienced Godfrey and O’Donovan in the points standings. Over the final three rounds it is going to be very important to continue with some solid, high-scoring results to keep our championship target on track. At Croft we were very unlucky with the broken wiper which compromised our second qualifying race, the knock-on effect being a poor start position for the Final, which hampered our chances of victory.” Lydden Hill is the home of rallycross, hosting the first event back in 1967, and is renowned for its close racing regardless of the weather. Indications are that this weekend’s event could play a deciding role in the outcome of the 2018 Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship. Track action gets underway with free practice from 09.30 on Monday morning, followed by the qualifying races, semi-finals and final later that day. Event information is available from http://www.rallycrossbrx.com and tickets can be purchased from http://lyddenhill.co.uk