Multiple British Stockhatch Champion Tony Lynch will seek to reclaim second place in the Suzuki Swift Challenge standings when the Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship returns to Blyton for the seventh round of the season this weekend.

Tony, from Westhoughton near Wigan, lost his grip on second place after disappointment last time out at Lydden Hill, when an incident in the final saw him drop behind rival Ryan Lawford in the standings.

Having qualified in third place, Tony saw his run in the Lydden Hill final effectively ended on the opening lap when he went into the Armco on the opening lap after championship leader Dave Bellerby was pushed into his path.

Although he managed to rejoin and finish the race, Tony slipped a place in the standings and has since faced a race against time to prepare for this weekend’s return to Blyton; scene of his maiden Suzuki win earlier in the year.

However, with his team – Team Geriatric – having pulled out all the stops to repair the damaged car, Tony will seek to reward them with a strong result this weekend while also focusing on moving back into second in the championship fight.

“The incident at Lydden was disappointing as Dave was just forced into me and that was it,” he said. “We both ended up in the Armco and the boys were left with a lot of work to do to get the car fixed for this weekend.

“They’ve worked their socks off over the past week to rebuild the front of the car but when we get to Blyton, it’ll look as good as new. I won at Blyton in the night race earlier in the summer and I hope we’ll do well again this time around. I’m only a point behind Ryan in the standings so my aim is to get my championship back on track and reclaim second place.

“Blyton is a circuit I know well and I’ve raced there a lot in the past, so I’m heading there in confident mood that I’ll get a result to reward the boys for the long hours they’ve put in to make sure I’m racing this weekend.”

The Blyton round takes the place of a planned second event at Mallory Park, which was cancelled to allow work to be carried out to improve the circuit for next year.