A rain affected European Rallycross Championship round in Germany saw Liam Doran retaking his third place in the championship standings, but in frustrating fashion.

The event at Estering, south-west of Hamburg, provided crews with some tough conditions for the weekend.

The qualifying heats were all run in dry conditions, and rain which had been forecast for later in the day, duly arrived early, having an instant effect on proceedings.

In the “A” final Doran started from second on the grid behind pole sitter Sverre Isachsen, but a first corner incident left both drivers in the barriers.

At the restart Doran’s Citroën C4 ERC didn’t hold up past the second corner.

Speaking of the incident Doran said “The engineers have not had a chance to look at the car yet, but I think something broke, or there was some damage left after the crash in the first start, when I braked for the second corner the car just spun and I was off the track”.

The youngster from Sittingbourne was clearly disappointed, and felt a lot more could have come from the weekend in Germany.

Concluding, Doran said “There was good chance to win here but when it rained it changed everything, it’s the first time I’ve driven the Citroën in the wet. My starts were not great, but I was up there the first time before I got pushed and then ended up in the barrier”.

With two rounds remaining in the 2010 European Rallycross Championships, things could not be closer at the top.

Isachsen leads the way on 124-points, with Kenneth Hansen in second on 104-points. A single point behind Hansen, Doran is tied for third with Michael Jernberg.