Monster Energy World RX Team completes season WorldRX season opener

The Monster Energy WorldRX Team pairing of X-Games medallist Liam Doran and 2012 Super1600 vice-champion Kryzsztof Skorupski broke cover today, and completed the first round of the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Despite a difficult weekend, which left the both drivers without a slot in the finals, the team have gathered valuable race data, and are feeling confident going forward to round two at Lydden Hill on 24/25 May.

Capacity crowds swarmed into the 1.5km circuit in northern Portugal to witness Liam and Kryzsztof pitch themselves against the rival entry of 17 Supercars, and debut their LD Motorsports prepared 600bhp Citroen DS3s clad in black and green Monster Energy livery.

Non-scoring positions in heats one and two on Saturday piled the pressure on for the remaining two qualification heats on Sunday. Kryzsztof finished fourteenth in heat three, and put in a blistering drive to win his final heat race, classifying him eighth overall. Liam charged to second in his heat three qualification race, meaning a 7th place finish in the rankings. Unfortunately a misfire pushed him to fourth in heat four, and 13th overall in the final rankings. The points shortfall left both drivers outside of the semi final cutoff in the intermediate rankings.

“We have to count this weekend towards testing and experience for the rest of the season,” said Liam Doran.“Over a lap our outright speed was good, but there is still a lot of work to do. The altitude gave us issues with power, but that’s no excuse.

“We want to win the first rallycross world championship, and we have definitely shown in previous years how well we can come back from a tough start. The team worked around the clock to get the cars out here and work through the issues we had, so I want to say a big thank you to them.

“The fact that I haven’t won a major race at Lydden – my home circuit- and, it’s up next, just makes me even more motivated to come out fighting at the next round.”

Kryzsztof Skorupski added: “It’s been an extremely difficult weekend. At this stage I want to build up my time in the car. We had some very small electric issues, that cost us running time in the heats on Saturday.

“I took all the opportunities for open practice on Sunday morning, and that definitely helped. It was a great feeling to win my race as part of heat four, but I still want to improve. Racing with Monster and with Liam as a team mate has been a crazy experience so far, and I’m looking forward to the next races. We were fast at Lydden in testing and during the British Rallycross, so I hope we can go even faster at round two.”

Round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will be hosted at Lydden Hill on the 24/25 May. This is followed by rounds in Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Turkey. The season finale is scheduled to be held in San Luis, Argentina on 28/29 November.

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