Megennis’ face pace unrewarded in Nitro RX Europe season-opener
Lydden Hill, UK, June 18-19 2022
All results from Nitro Rallycross in Lydden Hill here: Nitro RX Next – Nitro RX
American driver George Megennis and the #YellowSquad team set the pace in the opening two rounds of the NRX NEXT support category within the Nitro Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill (UK), but mitigating circumstances meant the speed wasn’t reflected in the final results.
On a brand-new circuit to 17-year-old Megennis – where rallycross was first created in 1967 – the young driver topped the standings in the opening free practice session of the weekend on Saturday morning and later won his Semi-Final on track. However, a post-race penalty for hitting a course marker meant he had to race in the Last Chance Qualifier to secure a good grid position for the final.
Winning the LCQ was damage limitation for the team and Megennis, before the 2021 NRX NEXT event-winner pushed hard throughout the final, using an early joker lap strategy in a bid to climb the order, and eventually finished fifth.
The second round of the series took place on Sunday, where Megennis was again fastest in practice. He then won his heat race to claim a front row start in the semi-final, a race which he led from the start. However, a mistake landing from the circuit’s large jump while leading by over three seconds meant Megennis again had to progress to the final via a strong victory in the LCQ.
In the main event he got caught in the melee of a dramatic race and was forced to retire with damage sustained from an off-track excursion while battling for the podium. Megennis was classified sixth by virtue of his qualifying performance, and lies seventh in the series standings.
The next two rounds of the Nitro RX Europe series take place at Strangnas in Sweden on July 30-31, where #YellowSquad and Megennis will push hard to return to the podium.
“Overall it was an okay weekend at Lydden Hill. I was definitely fastest but unfortunately due to a couple mistakes on my part and a whole lot of bad luck we weren’t able to convert that to a good final finishing position.
Now we need to re-group, re-prepare and come back stronger. I’m very hopeful looking towards the next round. I’ve already driven at Strangnas in Sweden so I really think that’ll be to my advantage there.”
“It has been such a positive weekend at Lydden, the ‘Home of Rallycross’.
George was the fastest on track all weekend, but some mistakes here and there cost us shot at a better result both days. We are so excited as a team by our potential so working hard on improving will be a joy.”