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Reigning MSA Junior Rallycross champion Tom Llewellin saw his hopes of claiming the 2018 Swift Sport Championship disappear when he retired from the final at the penultimate round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship which was held at Pembrey this weekend.

The 17 year old from nearby Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire was again contesting the series for Peter Gwynne Motorsport (PGM) in the Suzuki Swift and following a season of superb podium finishes, the young Welshman knew that a victory over main rival Morgan Bailey was needed.

The day started off well with a win in the opening heat but sadly, the Swift developed a misfire in the second heat whereby Tom gamely hung onto second place. With the PGM team again working wonders to attempt to solve the problem, sadly it returned in the final heat whereby Llewellin still finished third to claim an all-important front row for the final.

However, both Tom and the team’s hopes were dashed on the very first corner when a technical problem led to retirement and with it, any remaining hopes of clinching a title for the second successive year as with one round to go, Bailey cannot be beaten.

Tom Llewellin: “Practice went well and I won the first heat in wet conditions. The second heat started well but the car developed a slight misfire, but I still managed to finish second. The team worked really hard and changed a camshaft over the lunch break in less than an hour and managed to get me back out for the third heat which was amazing. In the third and final heat I managed third place but unfortunately the misfire was still there. This put me second on the grid for the final which was good considering our problems, but unfortunately a technical problem stopped us at the first corner in the final. The team are investigating what happened but sadly we can’t win the title now but all credit and thanks to Peter, Sarah and the whole PGM team and my family and sponsors.”

The final round takes place on Sunday 4th November at Silverstone. ​For further information, please visit http://www.swiftseries.com and http://www.swiftrallycross.com. Follow Tom on https://www.facebook.com/TomLlewellinRallying/

Pictures courtesy of Matt Bristow

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