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JRM Racing impress with P5 finish at World RX of Hockenheim

JRM Racing impress with P5 finish at World RX of Hockenheim

Hockenheim, GER – 8.5.16:  The all-British team of JRM Racing and Liam Doran has completed an impressive display at the second round of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Hockenheim by finishing P5 in today’s event final.

The result means the ‘British Bomb’ has moved up to eighth place in the latest championship standings after two events in Portugal and Germany.

A series of strong qualifying races on Friday and Saturday ensured Liam and his MINI RX Supercar comfortably reached the semi final stages of the competition at Hockenheim this morning. And a stunning drive from the Monster Energy Athlete in SF2 enabled him to win the race and qualify on the front row of the grid for the final.

Liam produced a perfect performance to come out on top in SF2. He leapt into P4 on the first lap and then set about hustling the leading trio as the frantic race unfolded. On lap 4, his clean and fast drive was rewarded as he shot through into P2 and then he went one better on the last lap as he passed reigning world champion Petter Solberg (below) for the lead – and victory.

Top points in the semi final put Liam on the front row of the grid alongside EKSRX driver Topi Heikkinen for the final. Liam made another fantastic get away from the hot and sticky Hockenheim start line in the MINI RX and held a promising third place on the first lap.A strong semi final put Liam on the front row of the grid for the final race

However, he was pushed wide heading into the hairpin and then subsequent contact with Solberg as everyone tried to regain track position pushed Liam out wide for a second time and he couldn’t avoid dropping to P6.

Liam set about chasing Robin Larsson’s Audi on lap 2 and when the Swede rolled just before the entrance to the Joker lap, Liam was there to capitalise and move into P5.

But the gap to the leaders proved too much for Liam to make up as he battled with a car that had steering damage from the opening lap contact. He crossed the finish line in P5 – a fantastic result given 21 Supercars entered the World RX of Hockenheim event.

“It’s been an absolutely incredible weekend,” Liam said. “The MINI RX worked great and that allowed me to drive as hard as I could across all three days.

“I literally wrung every little bit of performance out of the car and, by keeping my driving nice and clean and staying with the leaders, I was in the right place to pull off some great passes and capitalise on other people’s mistakes when they happened.

“The semi final win was probably one of my best races for a long time. The final was frustrating because the steering damage we picked up meant I couldn’t push and that put the leading pack just out of reach. But P5 is still a mega result at only our second event as a team. I can’t wait to get to Belgium next week and do it all over again.”