Liam Doran heads in to round four of the FIA World Rallycross Championship ready to push for the win after a positive showing last time out in Norway.
The track at Tykkimäki is a favorite with many of the World RX drivers and for Doran it is no different.“Finland has always been a good track for me, and it’s one of my favourites to drive” explained the British Bomb.
Doran has another reason to favor the track, “I’m looking forward to it, more than I have looked forward to any other round this year so far. I won my very first high-level FIA event there, and I’ve been fast there on pretty much every visit.
“It’s a very ballsy track – you’ve got to be brave to get the best time. Confidence is probably the biggest factors to getting a good lap time. The first corner is flat out, then it’s flat out up the hill, a blind corner flat out, big jump, and then into a technical hairpin. It’s a really demanding track to get right.
“The more confident you are, the faster you’ll go and the more it’ll flow for you. I think that’s why it’s worked for me in the past – because I’m not scared at all and don’t hold back.
“It’s got a bit of everything, – good elevation changes, tight corners, long fast corners, a jump. It’s got a really good loose surface and grippy tarmac.”
Doran’s year started with technical problems but he has been slowly building and is now knocking on the door of the finals.
“The car is good and getting quicker at every round now. Since Portugal, we’ve been getting quicker and quicker. In Norway we proved we have the pace, so now it’s just a case of tying it all together. I’m pretty confident we can get a good result.”
While Doran is confident of a good performance he is realistic on his championship hopes, which have been damaged by the early season problems.
“From the championship point of view, it’s a tough situation now because of where we’re at, but like I’ve insisted before, we just have to keep calm and take it race by race. I’ll just keep pushing to win every event as it comes, and if that ties together at the end of the season for the championship, then even better.”