Two-time Euro RX Champion Derek Tohill will embark on his seventh FIA European Rallycross Championship campaign this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain (April 1 – 2).
The PFCRX driver joins a 32-strong field for his second full season at the top level in European Rallycross, Supercar, racing the squad’s OlsbergsMSE-built 600 horsepower, four-wheel drive Ford Fiesta. Having contested a full year in 2016, which included claiming the Irish Rallycross Championship title, the Dublin-based PFCRX squad has built on lessons learnt in its inaugural campaign and began the defence of its Irish crown with a pair of victories earlier this year.
Those outings also helped the team to fine-tune the Fiesta Supercar, working on new developments implemented over the winter months, meaning it enters the opening round of the European season in a stronger position than twelve months ago. Thanks to the support of new and existing partners, Tohill and the team start the campaign ready to take on the five-round series, where each of the events in Spain, Norway, Sweden, France and Latvia are held on circuits that the squad has prior experience of, either in the current Fiesta Supercar or double-title winning rear-wheel drive Fiesta TouringCar.
Keep up to date with the event this weekend via the live timing facility on the FIA World Rallycross Championship website.
Derek Tohill | Driver | Ford Fiesta #111
“We’re on the front foot rather than being on the back foot this year because we’ve been to this circuit before and have some on-board footage we could use prior to the event. I feel ahead of the game before we’ve even started this year in that respect. All other things being equal, we’re in a better place, even if we’d done nothing to the car. We’ve been working hard on the car though as well, but the pace that the cars are being worked on in this championship is very high. We’ve done our best and we will see what the weekends brings.
e have some new guys in the team and additional support, so we’re trying to be more structured and more organised to get the 500 little things right that make for an enjoyable and successful weekend for everyone. It’s extra difficult to make the semi-finals (top 12 after qualifying) with this entry but we’ll just concentrate on ourselves and do our best. The team has done a good job and I’ll just focus on the driving side myself. We have to be as picture perfect as possible to fight with the big list of European and National Champions competing this season. There’s a lot of people working behind the scenes in different ways to make this happen; partners, sponsorship, technical support and of course my family. Many of these are long term relationships and we will continue to work hard to give everyone the best possible value from this championship, which is reaching dizzy levels in its marketing prowess.”