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Reigning MSA Junior Rallycross champion Tom Llewellin maintained his championship challenge with a second place in difficult conditions at round six of the MSA British Rallycross Championship held at Croft in North Yorkshire this weekend.

The 17 year old from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire was again contesting the Swift Sport Championship for Peter Gwynne Motorsport (PGM) in the Suzuki Swift and after a DNF in the opening heat, caused when a fellow competitor collided with him, Llewellin went on to win the second and third heats in the windy and damp conditions.

With pole position in the semi-final, Tom stated his intentions by winning that race and was confident going into the final which was held in torrential rain. A great battle ensued with series leader Morgan Bailey with Llewellin trying everything to pass, but on his strongest part of the track into Turn One, yellow flags were displayed due to a stranded car meaning a pass was prohibited and he had to settle for second place at the chequered flag.

The result maintained Tom’s second place in the championship in his rookie season in the senior Suzuki Swift class.

Tom Llewellin: “The day didn’t start well with a fellow competitor spinning and coming backwards onto the track, who I was unable to avoid, which resulted in a broken wishbone and a DNF in Q1. The day improved greatly with me winning Q2, Q3 and then the semi-final. That put me on the front row for the final where I was pressurising the championship leader for the lead, and he made a mistake which gave me the opportunity to get past but unfortunately the yellow flag was displayed so I was unable to take the opportunity as overtaking is forbidden. And with no joker lap at Croft Circuit another opportunity didn’t arise. I’m still pleased with the result and thanks to my team and sponsors for making it happen.”

Round seven takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (August 26/27) at Lydden Hill in Kent. ​For further information, please visit http://www.swiftseries.com and http://www.swiftrallycross.com. Follow Tom on https://www.facebook.com/TomLlewellinRallying/

Pictures attached courtesy of Marcus Andrews and Andy Ellis

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