Irish rallycross squad PFCRX will compete in the opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship this weekend at Mettet in Belgium [May 13 – 15] with a brand new look to the team.
Double European Rallycross Champion Derek Tohill is returning to international rallycross this weekend in a 600bhp Ford Fiesta Supercar after a sabbatical last season. The team acquired the OlsbergsMSE-built Fiesta at the end of 2015 and have spent the winter testing at events in Ireland and Sweden, upgrading both the car and infrastructure to return to full-time international rallycross competition this season.
Ahead of a season of events in both the FIA European Rallycross Championship and FIA World Rallycross Championship, the PFCRX team are delighted to launch the brand-new look for not only the eye-catching Fiesta Supercar, but also the team’s transporter, which proudly displays the team colours and range of partners that are involved in the start of this long-term programme with the goal of achieving success at the highest level in rallycross.
The team recently completed pre-season testing by racing at the opening round of the RallyX Nordic Championship at Skovde in Sweden, where Tohill qualified on pole position for the final and finished fifth overall.
The first round of the Euro RX series this weekend runs alongside the third round of the World RX calendar. 49 Supercars are set to take part across both championships, with no less than 30 of those in the Euro RX field.
Derek Tohill | Driver | Ford Fiesta #111
“It’s two and a half years since we had our own team running in international rallycross, so it has been a challenge for us to get on the road again for this season. It will be a victory to be there on the startline in Belgium but I’m really looking forward to it. This year we’re rebuilding and we’ll do our best. A lot of work has gone into the new look and livery, we have a lot of great partners on board. The whole outfit looks really well. Big thanks to Fish Graphics recently for their efforts in working with us on the livery. We learnt a lot at Skovde. We ran into issues but got on top of them all by the end of the weekend. It was a good exercise and good preparation for the year ahead. We have parts coming to meet us this weekend, but we’re in a pretty good place now. The goal is to make the semi-finals in Belgium and go from there, but to be honest if that doesn’t happen it’s not the end of the world on our first proper event back. We’ll take it as it comes and try to build momentum as the year goes on.
This is a year of rebuilding and about getting a good infrastructure in place for the next few years. We’ll compete in a selection of European and World Championship rounds. This is a long term project and this is just the beginning.”