British Rallycross star Tristan Ovenden will make his Supercar debut driving an LD Motorsports Citroen DS3 in the Titans RX Europe support race at Lydden Hill Race Circuit on July 27 – 28.
A familiar face in rallycross events at the Kent Circuit, Canterbury driver Ovenden is a double Swift Sport Rallycross Champion and has won the last two Supernational rallycross championship titles in the UK with a rear-wheel-drive V6 Renault Clio. “To run a Supercar at our home circuit will be a dream. We’ll just take it slowly, it’s a fairly long weekend so we can build up slowly then on Sunday hopefully come the final we can have a go and see what happens,” said Ovenden.
He will race a Citroen DS3 built and developed by World Rallycross Championship driver Liam Doran’s LD Motorsports team, but his own mechanics will run the car at the Titans RX support race. “We’re looking at our options for next year and Pat Doran has given us as chance to have a go with this car, so it’s the ideal opportunity for the team to assess what it’s like to run a Supercar over a whole weekend, which will give us a better idea of what we can and can’t do next year,” he explained.
As international rallycross returns to the home of rallycross this month with Titans RX, the British Rallycross Supercars will join Junior RX, Retro Rallycross and Group B machines on the supporting line up. Ovenden has raced at Lydden in an international event before, when he raced in the single-make RX2 series in 2015 and he has also tested a Supercar in Kent too. “It’s left hand drive, but I’ve driven a Supercar at Lydden a couple of years ago. I had a test in another LDM DS3 so I’ve been round there a few times, and the Lites (RX2) car was a similar sort of thing, although not as powerful, so hopefully it won’t be too alien when I get in it next week.”
Titans RX will hold round three of the series on Saturday and round four on Sunday, but the Supercar support class will be run in a two day format, with practice, Q1 and Q2 on Saturday and Q3, Q4 semi-finals and final on Sunday. “Whether it works out for me or not in the future, this is a fantastic chance. I’m really looking forward to it,” said an excited Ovenden.