Pemberton Tyres-backed racer Tony Lynch will hope to reclaim the Suzuki Swift Rallycross Championship points lead when the Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship heads to mainland Europe this weekend for the fourth round of the season at the Maasmechelen circuit in Belgium.

Tony makes the trip to a venue known as the ‘Devil’s Hill Circuit’ sitting second in the championship standings behind defending champion Dave Bellerby.

This weekend will mark Tony’s second outing at the Maasmechelen circuit although he will be keen to avoid a repeat of the result he gained last season, when an incident on the opening lap of the final robbed him of any chance of victory.

With one victory under his belt already this season – in the opening round of the year at Lydden Hill – Tony and his Team Geriatric-run Suzuki head to Belgian soil knowing that a maximum score this weekend will see him reclaim the championship lead at the mid-way point of the season.

“I’m really looking forward to the trip to Belgium,” he said. “Although we had a disappointing result there last season, it was a great experience and it’s a fun circuit to drive.

“There are 14 cars making the trip this weekend and it’s going to be vital to push hard in the heats to try and secure pole position because it isn’t easy to overtake. The start of the races will be crucial as the first corner is a long right-hander leading into a right-hand hairpin, and with pole position being on the right-hand side of the circuit, it could make all the difference. Last season, Dave was able to get ahead through the first few corners and was then able to just pull away from the chasing pack, which is what I hope to do this time around.

“The boys have worked hard to make sure the car is in the best shape possible and I’m really up for it for the weekend. If I can get a maximum score then I’ll be back on top of the points at the halfway point of the championship and that’s the aim for the weekend. We’ve been quick at every event and a second win of the year would be the perfect way to end the first half of the season.”