Tohill wins in France and extends his ERC lead!
September 2, 2013 by Johnny Loix
(Lohéac) – TouringCar racer Derek Tohill (Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD) won the seventh round of the 2013 FIA European Rallycross Championship – RallycrossRX – this weekend (August 31-September 1) when the European series resumed at Lohéac in France after an almost two month summer break. For the PartsforCars.ie supported driver from Dublin in Ireland it was his third victory of the season after earlier wins in England and Sweden.
Apart from the first qualification heat, the TouringCar class was clearly dominated by the Ford driver. ”I was unlucky with the draw for the first heat as I had to start from the outside of the grid,” he said.
“Then there was the small incident with Robin Larsson that resulted for the both of us in a spin. However, in order to prevent Robin [Larsson] from retiring from the event PartsforCars.ie provided him with two front hubs and wheel bearings and therefore he was able to continue racing.”
Setting fastest times in the remaining qualifying runs on Saturday and Sunday placed the Irishman on top of the so-called intermediate classification. Next he won his semi-final from Swede Robin Larsson after having led it from start to finish. It was the same story in the final where he made a brilliant start from pole and eventually came in first ahead of another Swede, Daniel Lundh. With this maximum points haul, he extends his championship lead to 27 points over Roman Castoral who is currently second.
The next event for Derek Tohill and the team is the penultimate round of the 2013 RallycrossRX series which takes place at Greinbach in Austria in two weeks time (September 14-15).
TouringCar – 6 laps: 1. Derek Tohill (IRL), Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD; 2. Daniel Lundhl (S), Volvo C30 RWD; 3. Roman Castoral (CZ), Opel Astra G RWD; 4. Roger Enlund (S), Ford Fiesta Mk6 RWD; 5. Koen Pauwels (B), Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD; 6. Robin Larsson (S), Skoda Fabia Mk1 RWD; etc.
Championship (7/9): 1. Derek Tohill (IRL) 162; 2. Roman Castoral (CZ) 135; 3. Koen Pauwels (B) 120; 4. Robin Larsson (S) 116; 5. Daniel Lundh (S) 114; 6. David Nordgaard (N) 98; etc