Monster Energy WorldRX Team tough it out at Lydden Hill

The Monster Energy World RX Team showed grit and determination  at last weekend’s round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Despite pushing themselves, and their 600bhp Monster Energy liveried Citroen DS3 Supercars to the limit, the team was unfortunately forced to come away empty handed at end of second round of the season.

Hosted at the birthplace of Rallycross - Lydden Hill - where the sport was born in 1967, Liam Doran and Krzysztof Skorupski took on a huge grid of 35 Supercars, which included wildcard entries from champions in British Touring Cars, Formula Drift, Snowcross and British Rallycross.

Showing blistering pace over a single lap in open practice meant the Monster Energy backed drivers were set to take the qualification heats by storm. Changeable weather conditions on Saturday saw a wet and dry first two heats, however an unlucky puncture and an overheated turbocharger left Liam and Krzysztof in 27th and 33rd place respectively.

Spurred on by the cheering crowds on Sunday, the final two heats gave glimpses of things to come in the season ahead. Krzysztof and Liam romped to a dominant 1-2 finish in their qualification race for heat three, and while Krzysztof went on to place seventh overall in the same heat, Liam battled his way to fifth overall in heat four.

Even with the impressive shows of speed in the third and fourth heats, the deficit in points after the frustrations of Saturday proved too much to overcome by the time the intermediate ranking was published. The final result ranked Liam in 20th and Krzysztof in 27th.

“I can honestly say I drove as hard as I could, and I’m sorry to the team and fans that I couldn’t get the result we all wanted.We’ve had an incredibly difficult start to the year, and there’s no getting around the fact that things haven’t exactly picked up yet.

“It does go to show how competitive the level is now, which is great for the sport. Even a single bad heat result can cost you a place in the finals. There’s a lot to look forward to though; and I’m staying focused. Our cars are fast, the team is working so hard, and we’ve got a lot of races ahead of us.

“If you keep performances like heat three and four in mind, then there’s no reason we can’t repeat them and be on the podium in the next races.  I’m looking ahead to Norway now - I won there last year, so I’m feeling good about it.  I’m also racing at X-Games in between then, so it’s time to fight back.”

Krzysztof added: “It’s unbelievable how much bad luck we’ve had in the first two rounds, I’m 100% sure that we have the car to be in the top three. We had a really bad Saturday, Liam had a problem with his turbo, and then I got the puncture in heat two. In heat three we were so fast and finished 1-2. Even when I lost time behind Hedstrom going through the joker lap, I still managed to stay in the lead and win the race. I was seventh overall in the ranking for that heat, so it just shows what we can do if we get in the lead.

“We can’t afford to make any more mistakes. We haven’t scored in two rounds, and that needs to change in Norway. The cars are fast, and if we can just have a weekend without any bad luck, we’ll be fighting for the top positions.”

The FIA World Rallycross Championship continues with round three and the World RX of Norway in Hell on the 14/15 June.

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