Competing in the PartsforCars sponsored 600bhp Ford Fiesta Supercar, Irish driver Tohill set progressively faster lap times over the course of the four qualifying races to end the event 17thoverall, the position not representative of the performance that both the driver or car proved they were capable of over a single lap in the highly competitive division.
12th fastest in Q3 highlighted that the team had the pace to qualify for the semi-finals at the Lanke circuit, but small driving mistakes on day one were compounded by being stuck in the dust of other cars on day two, where the team set sector times comparable to the top six in the category.
The next round of the Euro RX championship takes place at Holjes, Sweden in three weeks time (July 1 – 2), a circuit at which Tohill and the team have won at before in the TouringCar category.
Derek Tohill | Driver | Ford Fiesta #111
“It was a tough weekend in Hell. We found some good pace from the car, but I made a couple of mistakes in Q2 on the first day. We were very happy with our sector times in Q3 and Q4, but the overall lap time wasn’t great because we got caught in the dust. If we were in clear air, we could have been in the top six based on those times. That was a disappointing end to the event, but we have made progress.
This is extremely high level, things are moving forward all the time. We need to move forward with everyone else. We did a lot of work on the car overnight before Q3 and found some pace. We’re learning and moving forward, infact we learnt more this weekend than we’ve learnt all year.
The car’s in reasonable shape and we’re looking forward to the next event at the ‘mecca of rallycross’ in Sweden. We’ve got the right colour car for Sweden so that can only help. We’re excited by the way things are going and looking forward to making more progress there. It’s an epic event to be part of and I love that track.”
2 Tord Linnerud (Volkswagen Polo)
3 Tamas Pal Kiss (Peugeot 208)
4 Peter Hedstrom (Ford Fiesta)
5 Jerome Grosset-Janin (Peugeot 208)
6 Fredrik Salsten (Peugeot 208)
17 Derek Tohill (Ford Fiesta)
2 Jerome Grosset-Janin 45
3 Tord Linnerud 43
4 Tamas Pal Kiss 37
5 Tommy Rustad 33
6 Joni-Pekka Rajala 31