Double FIA European Rallycross Champion Derek Tohill will compete at the opening round of the RallyX Nordic Championship this weekend at Skovde, Sweden, where he will look to develop his PFCRX Ford Fiesta Supercar further.
Tohill has elected to take part in the opening round of the Swedish Championship after the Galway event that was to be part of the Irish Rallycross Championship was cancelled. This move also means that he will gain valuable assistance form the Olsberg MSE Team from whom Tohill purchased his 2016 spec Fiesta. With the Fiesta upgraded to its lastest specification, this will also allow for the Irishman to compete on even terms at FIA World Rallycross Championship rounds this year as well as keeping an eye to competing in Euro RX and Irish RX events.
Tohill is looking forward to taking on the competition in Sweden, where some of the entries are also regular Euro RX competitors as well:
“I’m really looking forward to racing in Sweden this weekend. It’s all a bit last minute and unexpected, we had planned to race in Galway but with that event being cancelled we’ve made the decision to race at Skovde, after arranging flights for the lads to get out to Sweden. I’m impressed with the level of organisation of the RallyX Nordic Championship and the level of competition in the Supercar field is high. It will give us a good measure as to where we are before we get our European Championship campaign underway in Belgium,” he explained. “At the same time, we’re not in a position to damage the car this weekend because Belgium is just a couple of weeks away, so we will be taking a cautious approach and doing our best to stay out of trouble.”
With regards to preparing his Fiesta for what will be a busy season ahead, Tohill has praised the support of OlsbergsMSE and his own team PFCRX
“The Fiesta is still in an interim livery, we had hoped to wrap it in its fresh 2016 design before racing in Galway, but as it now won’t be coming home to Ireland it will get its new clothes before Mettet. OMSE has been a great help in making our participation this weekend feasible so thanks to them and the RallyX Nordic organisers for their hospitality and the invitation to myself and the PFCRX team.”