Tyler McAlpin dominated the recent Motorsport UK Junior Rallycross Championship round at Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard in Holland.
Nine teams made the trip to Holland for the seventh round of the popular junior series, with Will Ovenden and Tyler McAlpin set for an epic battle for the championship lead, following an action packed round at Pembrey circuit in Wales.
The two junior drivers have been closely matched all season, with McAlpin kicking off the season with an outstanding performance at the series opener at Lydden Hill, where he collected both victories at the Easter bank holiday meeting.
However, at Mondello Park in Ireland Will Ovenden wasted no time in getting down to work, leading the pack in the final from the lights to the line, to take his first win of the year. McAlpin responded with two podium finishes to stay just two points clear at the top of the championship table heading for Rounds 5 & 6 at Pembrey.
The Welsh track saw a blistering drive from Ovenden to secure the Race 1 win and McAlpin's hopes for the Championship suffered a blow when the best he could manage was 8th. Race 2 saw McAlpin come back to form with a third win of the season, however Ovenden's second place meant he moved to the lead of the championship heading for Round 7 at Eurocircuit.
Blistering pace from McAlpin saw him win three out of the four qualifying heats in Holland, ahead of Ovenden, who was pipped by McAlpin in the final for his fourth win of the season. Ovendon's consistency and determination rewarded him with three second places and a win in the qualifying heats and he took second position in the final, which was enough to keep him a nose ahead in the championship standings.
With just six points in it and one round still to go, there is certain to be fireworks when the juniors head to Lydden Hill in Kent for the season finale on November 4 & 5.
Carbon Positive Motorsport Co-Founder, Steve Smith, commented "It's been an unbelievable season for these fiercely competitive Junior drivers. With all to play for, I can't wait to see them in action at Lydden Hill in November.
"Carbon Positive Motorsport are incredibly proud to be suporting the newest generation of drivers - they understand that they need to take action on climate change to protect the sport we all love and we hope they will help to lead the way in making motorsport more sustainable."
Carbon Positive Motorsport will be offsetting every single drop of competition fuel for the Junior Rallycross Championship this season.
Launched in 2010, the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship was created to provide a tightly controlled one make championship designed to highlight talented drivers. The competitive championship offers a level playing field for drivers to develop their car control and showcase their driving skills.
2023 MOTORSPORT UK JUNIOR RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 7 Results
1 Tyler McAlpin
2 Will Ovenden
3 Benjamin Bartlett
4 Tighe Wratten
5 Ryan Smith
6 Ben Crossley
7 Teddie Macpherson
8 Cayden Harris
9 Phoebe Cake