JRM Racing‘s Liam Doran impressed this weekend in Montalegre, Portugal, as the opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship got under way.
Driving the Mini RX, Doran finished the opening day in thirteenth place, just one position away from qualiying for the finals. The British Bomb was denied a victory in the qualifying races on the opening day after a team error saw him miss his joker lap in the race, the result meant a penalty would be applied post-race, dropping him down the order.
As the weather cleared on Sunday, Doran continued to build on his pace, securing second place in Q3 before going on to take victory in Q4 and guaranteeing a place in the semi-finals. While Doran would only manage fifth place in the semi-finals, it was a promising weekend for the British driver and the JRM Racing team.
“It’s been an enjoyable weekend and it was great to be on the pace and to be able to fight at the front in my first event with the JRM Mini RX,” said Doran. “The World RX competition is insane this season so making the semis at round one should give us a lot of confidence.
“The MINI RX was fantastic to drive and the team, both in Portugal and back at the factory in Daventry, have worked hard to give me a car that was so strong and reliable. I’m looking forward to building on what we’ve achieved here when we travel to Hockenheim for the next round.”
JRM Racing Team Principal, James Rumsey was happy with the work put in by the team and by Doran himself, “The deal with Liam was only agreed less than a month ago so an incredible amount of work has gone into making sure we would be on the pace in Portugal.” said Rumsey.
“I think we can be immensely proud of what we’ve achieved this weekend and it’s been great to work with a driver of Liam’s calibre. Like us, he wants to be successful in World RX, and if we continue to develop and grow like we have, our first full season as a World RX team should be exciting and rewarding.” he added.