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JRM Racing take a different kind of victory at World RX of Norway

JRM Racing take a different kind of victory at World RX of Norway

Hell, NOR – 12.6.16:  JRM Racing may have missed out on qualifying for the semi finals at World RX of Norway today but the fact that Liam Doran’s MINI RX Supercar was able to take to the track at all was a victory for the British team and driver.

After a promising start to the qualification rounds in Hell yesterday, Liam’s point-scoring progress was cut short when his #33 MINI RX Supercar was tipped into a spectacular roll at the start of his Q2 race.

The incident caused the race to be red flagged and Monster Energy Athlete Liam was forced to watch the restart from the sidelines as the JRM Racing squad assessed the damage to his car – and their chances of getting it repaired in time for today’s Q3 and Q4 races in Norway.

The damage was extensive. But that only spurred the JRM Racing technicians and engineers on as they set about trying to get the MINI RX ready for two more qualifying rounds.

After spending 12 hours repairing the car and working through the night until 04.30 this morning, the team of five technicians, two engine technicians, three engineers and Team Manager Calvin Cooledge replaced an extensive number of parts including dampers, front and rear uprights, brake discs, drivers’ door and repaired almost all of the damaged body panels.The team worked on into the early hours of the morning to get the MINI RX ready for two more qualifying rounds

The team managed to get a couple of hours sleep before returning to the track at 07.30 this morning to give the car a final safety check and satisfy the event stewards it was fit to race in Q3.

It marked the completion of an impressive turnaround and ‘British Bomb’ Liam was able to return to the driving seat this morning and race the car to a brace of P2 finishes in his Q3 and Q4 races. He eventually finished qualifying in P17.

JRM Racing Team Principal James Rumsey said: “The guys in the team did an incredible job to get the car back out on track because it was far from certain that we’d be able to repair everything yesterday afternoon.

“Thankfully, we carry pretty much a full complement of spare parts to World RX events and we had everything we needed to get the job done. It was just a question of the techs and engineers digging in, firstly to identify all of the damage that needed repairing, and then fixing everything professionally and within the timeframe we had.

“The Q2 accident effectively ended our chances of making the semi finals but the victory for us this weekend was getting the car back on the grid and doing everything in our power to score as many points as possible.”

Liam, who stayed with the JRM Racing team until 03.00 this morning to support his crew, said: “The boys have done a great job. The last roll that looked really slow and boring did a load of damage to the car but thankfully the chassis and roll cage were all fine so it was repairable – even if it did take pretty much the whole night.

“But these are the challenges you have to face in a really tough world championship and I’m glad I’ve got an experienced and talented team behind me. The boys were faced with a massive job last night but they did the business and we raced on.”