The JRM World RX Team enjoyed an impressive start to their 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Portugal and are looking to improve on that start as they move to the World RX of Hockeheim.
British driver Liam Doran guided the BMW Mini RX Supercar to one of the vital places inside the top 12, confirming a place in the Semi-Finals. However whilst the British Bomb went on to be classified tenth, what makes this all the more impressive was that the car was using the 1.6 litre turbocharged engine compared to the 2.0 litre turbocharged units used by the rest of the field.
The Daventry based squad already has experience of the circuit as they made their début there in 2015. The late Dave Mirra scored the teams first heat race win and team boss James Rumsey is hoping to put that experience and knowledge to good use:
“Liam’s speed and results in Portugal were extremely impressive and the aim is definitely to try and replicate that level of performance and consistency at Hockenheim. It’s the first track on this year’s calendar that we already have some experience of and that will be useful when it comes to setting the car up and knowing what to expect from the track – that isn’t primarily used for rallycross – in different weather conditions.”
Rumsey also explained how Doran has been working closely with the team since Portugal, “Liam has spent a lot of time at our factory in Daventry since Portugal to continue his work with our advanced engineering team and there’s already a great feeling of togetherness and determination in the camp. That’s exactly what we want because we know it will help us to get results on track.”
Doran himself is looking for another good performance in the car this weekend, “I can’t wait to get back in the MINI RX,” he said. “It was an awesome drive in Portugal and I think our speed and reliability earned us a top result and helped us to put on a great show. Hockenheim will be tough but the potential of the JRM package is massive and I want to make another step at round two.”