Liam Doran charges 20th anniversary of X-Games
World Rallycross Championship driver and four time X-Games medallist Liam Doran has wrapped up an action packed weekend at the 2014 Summer X-Games in Austin, Texas.
Racing at the home of the US Grand Prix - the Circuit of the Americas - which had been completely transformed into a twisting dirt and asphalt Rallycross track, Liam piloted his Monster Energy LD Motorsports Citroen DS3 to a dominant semi-final win, and a commanding front row start in the grand final.
The show-stopping eight lap final proved to be a true race of two halves, punctuated by a dramatic red flag timeout caused by a car blocking the hairpin at turn three. Running in second position, and within 0.2 seconds of eventual winner, Scott Speed, Liam looked all set to charge to a fifth X Games medal after the first two opening laps. However, after the red-flag restart, a spectacular full-throttle entry into the first corner sent the gravel flying high, and opened the door for Bucky Lasek and Nelson Piquet Jr to narrowly slip past.
Pushing himself and his car to the limit, Liam regained the lost ground and ran back in the medalling positions until the penultimate lap, when a drive shaft on his 600bhp Citroen DS3 Supercar sheared in two. This left him without four wheel drive traction, and forced to concede to fourth position.
“I’ve had an awesome weekend racing out here in Austin. The car was great, and my team did an incredible job. I gave it my all, and I think I put in a pretty clean performance.
“It’s a unique challenge with X Games, as it’s not part of a championship round for me, so hanging on for Bronze or Silver was never part of the plan. The car was so fast, and I felt like every time I got a clear run on track, I was easily one of the quickest drivers out there.
“Rallycross has always been fast and extremely aggressive, but I have no problem in calling out guys like Rhys who pushed it a bit too far in the quarter final; taking me out twice in a row was just crazy.
“My mind-set coming into the event, was pretty much all or nothing - I wanted to go all out for the gold, and not settle for anything less. That’s pretty much what happened. Winning my semi final race was an awesome feeling, and you could hear the crowds from inside the car. It was insane.
“In the grand final I was up to second before the red flag. I was pushing so hard to get past Bucky at the restart that I over-jumped the dirt kicker and landed with full throttle pinned. It broke the drive shaft, so I only had two wheel drive. These cars are pretty much uncontrollable with just power going through the rear wheels on a dirt surface. I just couldn’t get to the line in time!
“Even without medalling, being in America and Racing at X Games has definitely given me a boost looking ahead to the next round of the World Championships - we’ve not got long to get the car back to the UK, prepared, and then back out to Norway. I want to say a huge thank you again to my team for doing another awesome job. See you all in Hell!”
Next up Liam will be competing in round three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship which is to be held in Hell, near Trondheim, in Norway. Follow his progress on social media via: https://www.facebook.com/LiamDoranUKand https://www.facebook.com/MonsterEnergyWorldRXTeam« News listing