Tohill impresses in Supercar prize test!
October 7, 2013 by Annie Richmond
FIA European Rallycross Champion Derek Tohill successfully completed his RallycrossRX Supercar prize drive at the Kinnekulle Ring in Sweden yesterday (October 6) where he drove a VW Polo Supercar run by Marklund Motorsport.
A part of the prize package for winning his championships, Tohill (TouringCar champion) took part in the Supercar test, a valuable and rare chance to drive a top class Supercar. The test initiative is part of the improved prize package introduced this year by new championship promoter IMG Motorsport, part of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company.
Derek received tuition from FIA European Rallycross Championship regular Anton Marklund before taking the wheel of the VW Polo Supercar for 16 laps of the demanding Swedish track, the laps split into four runs, each of four-laps, with further debriefs and coaching from Marklund and his team engineers between each drive.
The Irish rallycross star completed his allocated laps without incident and impressed Marklund with his pace and ability in the car.
“I drove some laps at the end of the day and I have to say that Tohill did really well today because the loose sections of the track were very rough and dusty, and that made driving the car extremely difficult,” said Marklund.
“It was a tough test for them so I am actually even more impressed with the way that he drove. It’s a big step to drive a Supercar at those speeds on a track like this and to do that without damaging the car shows how good a driver he is.”
Tohill (37) took four event wins on his way to the 2013 TouringCar championship and had his first taste of driving a Supercar at the prize test.
“Time in the car is everything, 16 laps in the car today is brilliant, it’s given me a great insight into what driving a Supercar is all about and how I need to prepare for next year,” said the Irishman. “It’s a great opportunity to drive a Supercar. Any driver in TouringCar or Super1600 who wants to make it in rallycross should be clear now that they have to prepare to win in RallycrossRX and at the end of the year you can get the best prize in the world.”
Tohill hopes to race Supercars in 2014 when the series will become a FIA World Championship for the first time. Additionally, the champion will receive his trophy and cash award at the official FIA prize-giving in London in January.
RallycrossRX is the FIA European Rallycross Championship, promoted since 2013, by IMG Worldwide. Rallycross combines all the best aspects of motor racing in one. It’s fast, competitive and spectacular. It’s bold, authentic and relatable. Within it are all the elements of four-wheel racing that you love; and RallycrossRX is the pinnacle.