Former Double FIA European Rallycross TouringCar Champion Derek Tohill enjoyed his best result so far as the 2016 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars competed at the Holjes circuit in Sweden last weekend.
Tohill began to build up his pace quietly as he finished Q1 in ninth place overall before his PFCRX Ford Fiesta suffered a puncture in his Q2 race which left the Irishman in 17th place overall at the end of the first day. Tohill was involved in further action as he took to the track in Q3 looking to try and qualify for the Semi-Finals, where he suffered contact with another driver which left plenty of damage to the Fiesta and plenty of repair work for the the team to complete before Q4. The PFCRX driver secured the 12th quickest time in Q4 which confirmed his place in the Semi-Finals. Tohill made a good start in Semi-Final One, however a broken driveshaft on the first lap meant that he was able to finish fifth in the Semi-Final and take 12th place overall.
Tohill was happy that the car had the front running pace to challenge over the event , “The car was working really well this weekend. Everything was working against us though, we had two punctures, a spin, a broken driveshaft and we still got our best result of the year, so if things had been working in our favour then it could have been really good,” He explained.“
Whenever we had a clear track the times were there, between sixth and third. The team did a great job to keep the car going all weekend. We broke a shaft in the final and carried the car home. This is the best rallycross circuit in the world, without a shadow of a doubt, for atmosphere, culture, driver feedback – even with a puncture or three-wheel drive you can’t not enjoy driving the car here. It still gives you a buzz.”
The Irishman has a busy schdeule ahead of him oin the coming months, “Latvia is a new track in the championship and we haven’t tested yet this year, so we’re going to test there. That can only be good. We’ll test then hopefully make it home to Galway for a round of the Irish Rallycross Championship at the beginning of August, then onto Barcelona and Latvia to finish off the European Championship.”