The fifth round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place at the iconic Lydden Hill circuit in Kent next weekend and STARD Racing are looking to improve on a track that they feel should suit them well.
With drivers Timur Timerzyanov and Janis Baumanis placed thirteenth and fourteenth respectively in the Drivers Championship after several Semi-Final appearances this year, its understandable that they are looking to go one further and make an appearance in the Final with a chance of a podium finish.
Team Principal Manfred Stohl sees the World RX of Great Britain as a circuit “That it might suit our 600hp racing cars better, than the technically demanding course recently in Mettet.”
Stohl explains how he can see an improvement from Baumanis, who is in only his second year of World RX Supercar competition.
“Due to collisions, Janis unfortunately recently lost the fruits of his overall good work. If he manages his tactics to avoid tumults, he will be certainly rewarded. In any case, he is fast enough to be upfront.”
Whilst Timerzyanov has been in three Semi-Final races so far this year, Stohl now hopes for more from the former Double FIA European Rallycross Champion and knows that he is closing the gap on the works teams such as Volkswagen, Ford, Peugeot and Audi.
“His distance from the world’s best pilots gets less every time. We analyse our results and achievements exactly and leave nothing to chance. All videos and data are evaluated however we know our starts is still room for improvement.”
The fifth round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place at Lydden Hill, the spiritual home of Rallycross, on May 26 – 28 and The Checkered Flag will be covering all of the action live from the event.