Mixed Emotions for Liam in Holjes

Having won 2 of his past 3 events and finishing a close 2nd in the third, Liam Doran arrived in Holjes ready to continue his dominance of the podium. Having missed the Swedish stop last year, Liam was pumped to be there for one of the best rounds of Rallycross.

The Monster Energy DS3 went to the line for heat one having only completed a few laps of practice due to 
a small electrical error. Doran shot off the line taking the start and headed straight into the joker lap. 
Alexander Hvaal, hot on Doran's tail over the jump, managed to sneak by the inside. Doran was not going 
to let Hvaal off easy and it was a battle-filled race until lap 3 when white smoke filled the air behind the 
Monster fuelled supercar and the blown-up engine caused the number 33 to pull off the track.
 
As the new rules system regulates that any engine change during the heats means suffering a 15-point 
penalty to the championship points, the tough decision was made to retire from the event. Changing the 
engine would have also meant missing heat two, and two uncompleted heats make it practically impossible 
to qualify for the final. Doran made the call to not continue and not damage his championship-pointsstandings.
 
“The stupid points structure meant it was better for us to retire from the event after the first heat than to 
change the engine and fight our way back. It’s ludicrous really, the fans come to see us battle it out on 
track, not just have the car sitting in the garage. I don’t come to these events to sit and watch, I wouldn’t
bring my car if I weren’t going to drive. I’ve never forfeited from an event before."
 
While Doran sat out, his teammate, Andreas Bakkerud took home his first ever supercar win.
 
“It’s been a really mixed weekend if I’m honest. We’ve won more events now than any other team in the 
championship - three out of five - which proves we are the best. I’m really happy for Andreas - it’s his first 
win, and it’s a big thing for all of us all. But at the same time I don’t come to these events not to drive.
We’ve done a lot of good work to help Andreas win though. We’ve got the best cars, the best guys and the 
best team.
 
 
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