Fresh from his August Bank championship success, Clitheroe’s Simon Horton tackled the wet and windy Knockhill Circuit in Scotland last weekend in the British Rallycross Championship.
At the last round at Lydden Hill, the new Subaru Impreza supercar required repairs after receiving severe front end damage. However, the car was in showroom condition at Knockhill.
Simon took to the circuit in dry conditions, in what he felt was the best car he had ever driven round the circuit in eight years of competing.
However, all that was about to change. Heat one saw Simon push extremely hard, and he slightly overstepped the mark on lap three, catching the trail end of the Impreza hard on a barrier as he joined the pit straight, causing him to temporally back off, costing him valuable time, eventually finishing seventh overall.
And in heat two, as a sudden heavy downpour hit the circuit, with semi dry tyres fitted, Simon made a fantastic start before being caught out by a huge river of water running across the tarmac on a bend, causing him to spin out and lose the lead. Despite this, he made a fantastic recovery and claimed fourth overall.
As the day progressed, the weather became worse and Simon only qualified for second place in the B final. There, in horrendous conditions, he had to concede on lap three, essentially driving blind due to the amount of mud being thrown onto his windscreen by the car in front, as he ran out of water in the washers.
However, the hortonracing team scored solid championship points with an official seventh overall finish.
Simon’s next race is a double header at the Croft International Circuit near Darlington in November.