Puncture robs Doran of #WorldRX showdown in Hell

The Monster Energy World RX Team raced through a rollercoaster two days at the third round of the FIA World Rallycross championship in Norway last weekend.

Competing at the Hell circuit, near Trondheim, both Liam Doran and Supercar rookie team mate Krzysztof Skorupski showed huge leaps forward in overall race pace in comparison to the previous round of the championship held at Lydden Hill on the 24/25 May.

Just under a week after competing at the US-based 2014 Summer X Games in Austin, Texas, Liam Doran stormed through his early practice runs in Hell, securing second quickest in the opening session of official practice in an extremely competitive and closely matched field of 35 cars.

Scorching through the qualification heats, the 27 year old recorded two overall victories (heats two and three) as well as a second place and seventh place in the first and last heats respectively. The solid results netted him a season first result P1 qualification at the intermediate result, and a pole position front row start in the first semi final.

Unfortunately, while battling with Timur Timerzyanov in the 6 lap semi final, a combination of contact and an impact with the edge of the kerbs resulted in a puncture and a broken wheel. Although Liam salvaged fifth position from the race, the result left him outside the cut for promotion to the main final.

“It’s been a real weekend of highs and lows,” said Liam. “I wanted to win, and for sure we had the speed to do it this weekend. It makes it all the harder to try and accept, knowing you could be up the front fighting for the podium. I really enjoy coming here to Norway - the track is aggressive and technical - and I get a lot of support from the fans. I must admit that in the heats I was being a bit cautious and playing it safe. I don’t really like doing that, but I wanted to make sure I got the finishes and the points in the bag.

But the car was so dialled in, that after two fastest heat times and qualifying first overall for the semi finals, I figured we were in with a good shout. There isn’t a whole load you can do about racing on three wheels here - and I couldn’t hold the cars behind me for long. Well done to Ken for the podium, I would have liked to have been out there and giving a run for his money, but that will have to wait until Loheac now!”

Fellow Monster Energy World RX Team driver Krzysztof Skorupski, outdrove the competition in his qualification race for heat four, scoring his second Supercar race win of the year. Despite the positive result, the Krzysztof was hampered by a 13th, 15th and a DNF result in the first three heats, meaning he was ranked 19th in the Intermediate classification after the heats, and outside of the cut for the semi finals.

“It’s been another big learning weekend for me,” saidthe Polish former Super1600 champion.“It was great to win my qualification race for heat four, but I made a few mistakes in the race, and knew I could have been quicker. Not finishing in heat three because of the contact on track and damage to the car really cost me. The good thing is that we were really bringing things together this weekend - the car is really fast. I’m working really hard with the team to try and fight back at the next race.”

The World Rallycross Championship continues in a fortnight at the fast and technical Kouvola circuit in southern Finland on the 28/29 June.

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