Press Release Date: Thursday 28th April 2011.
Derek Tohill (Dublin, Ireland) entered the opening round of the European Rallycross Championship (ERC) in the South of England near Dover with high hopes of starting his title defence with a strong result. The Irishman had completed a perfect test a few weeks earlier by winning a round of the British Championship at the same venue.
But, the Irishmans weekend ended in the A Final with engine failure in the Ford Fiesta MK.7 and Tohill had to limp home as the last finisher in the A Final and eleven Championship points.
The weekend began well with some beautiful weather and 13,500 spectators. Derek and his Rallycross Rebels team also started well by posting fastest overall time in practice 1, practice 2 and timed qualifying. But as the heats began it became apparent to the team that they were nursing an engine problem.
This did not deter the team too much as the Tohill still managed to qualify the Fiesta for the A final and also on the front row of the grid alongside Lars Enerberg (Norway). Row two was made up of 2006 European Champion Roman Castoral (Czech) and Per Magne Royras (Norway). Row three was made up of Koen Pauwels (Belgium) and David Nordgard (Norway).
Both Tohill and Enerberg made a strong start as the lights went green, Tohill slightly getting the drop on the young Norwegian, Tohill couldn’t quite break free from Enerberg and there was contact at the first corner which ultimately left the Irishman off the racing line forcing him to drop to 3rd place. He then took the joker lap and rejoined the circuit as the remaining field came around, this resulted in the Irishman getting caught up in a further incident and again falling off the main racing line.
These incidents were to have little relevance as on the following lap the engine finally cried enough and fell onto three cylinders and all the Irishman could do was slowly carry the car home last of the A final finishers and sixth overall. The Irishman commented “This was not an ideal start to our championship campaign but it was the same last season and we don’t mind chasing the pack. Sincere thanks must go to Tractive Transmissions, Millers Oils, Teng Tools, Dublin Hampers, partsforcas.eu and the rest of our partners and team for all of their hard work over the past 6 months. We will re-pay their support over the next 9 rounds of the championship”.
The team now prepares themselves for Round 2 in Portugal near Porto, Derek and his team can only look forward to starting their championship campaign in earnest.
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A Final Results:
1. Lars Enerberg – Ford Fiesta ST RWD
2. Roman Castoral – Opel Astra OPC RWD
3. Koen Pauwels – Ford Fiesta MK.7 RWD
4. Per Magne Royras – Peugeot 206 RWD
5. David Nordgard – Ford Focus MK.2 RWD
6. Derek Tohill – Ford Fiesta MK.7 RWD