Multiple British Stockhatch Champion Tony Lynch endured a disappointing weekend in the latest round of the 2010 Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship, which took place at the Maasmechelen circuit in Belgium.

Westhoughton racer Tony made the trip to Belgium with his team, Team Geriatric, looking to build on his first victory in the new Suzuki Swift Challenge – which came in the previous round of the year at Blyton.

The three qualifying heats saw Tony secure second place on the grid for the final behind championship rival Dave Bellerby, with Tony hoping to close the gap to his rival.

However, contact on the opening lap with Ryan Lawford left Tony to struggle to the finish with a damaged car in sixth place which means he lost ground to Bellerby in the title race.

Tony does however retain second place in the championship standings ahead of the fifth round of the year at Mallory Park next month.

“I was side-by-side with Ryan through the opening corners and unfortunately I came off second best,” Tony reflected. “It was a disappointing result because I’d shown in the heats that I was quick and it looked like we were going to have a good fight with Dave for victory in the final.

“We have quite a bit of damage on the car to repair but these things happen in racing. We just need to pick ourselves up and focus on getting ready for Mallory Park. Dave’s victory means he has extended his lead over us in the championship and the way he has driven so far this year means he will be hard to catch, but we will keep pushing hard to bring the gap down again.”