To­hill runs in Latvia to put miles on his car

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

Ir­ish­man Derek To­hill com­peted in the first ral­ly­cross event at the new­est World RX venue near Riga in Latvia last week­end, and had his best event to date in his Euro­pean cham­pi­onship Ford Fi­esta Su­per­car.

Rac­ing in a round of the FIA North Euro­pean Zone Cham­pi­onship, To­hill used the event at the Bik­ernieki cir­cuit for test­ing pur­poses in his Fi­esta, and set the fastest lap times of the Su­per­car field in the open­ing two heats, where he also set the fastest heat times in the Bik­ernieki Cup cat­e­gory.

How­ever, a bro­ken drive­shaft in heat three – a re­oc­cur­ring prob­lem from the most re­cent round in Swe­den – forced him out.

The prob­lem was re­paired in time for To­hill to take part in the first of two of­fi­cial test days at the cir­cuit on Mon­day, when he was joined by a num­ber of Euro RX and World RX teams.

“We were fly­ing un­til we broke a drive­shaft, so I had to sit out the fi­nal,” said To­hill. “We weren’t sure if to come here di­rectly from Swe­den but I’m de­lighted we did.”

The event in Latvia was won by Fin­nish Euro RX cam­paigner, Joni-Pekka Ra­jala.

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