This weekend saw several motorsport series kick off, including both the European RallyCross Championship, plus the British Touring Car Championship.
Ireland’s most successful RallyCross driver ever, Derek Tohill, achieved a career best international result at the opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship also in Barcelona, in his mountune powered ex-OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta Supercar. The reigning Irish Rallycross Champion made a great start in the final to move around the outside of the pack and climb to fourth, and pushed hard through the race, ending up in fifth place.
Also in the European RallyCross, in rainy and muddy conditions, mountune powered Martin Kaczmarski took 2nd place in one of the two qualifiers in his Ford Fiesta STRX, and reached 6th in the first semi-final before a collision knocked him out, finishing 12th in the final standings.
Elsewhere, the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) got underway at Brands Hatch, where mountune powered Mat Jackson of Team Shredded Wheat Racing proved to be a constant threat, coming through the pack from P14 in qualifying to finish race 1 in 8th position, before taking a hard-fought 5th in race 2.
Starting race 3 from 4th after a reverse grid draw, there were hopes of a podium before the day was out, and despite a heroic first corner move to go round the outside at Paddock Hill, he couldn’t quite make it stick, subsequently dropping to near the back of the pack, before fighting back one more time to claim 13th place.
Fortunes were mixed for the rest of the teams’ powered by mountune, with the Adrian Flux Subaru Levorg GT's seemingly off the pace, hindered further by a substantial crash involving Jason Plato in race 2, thankfully seeing him walk away relatively unscathed, something that couldn’t be said about his Levorg.
Josh Cook also had a strong start to his championship piloting the mountune powered Maximum Motorsport Focus ST to a front row start in race 3, despite being in the mix and clearly showing some great pace, Josh was forced to pit after picking up a puncture, ending up a lap down.
We look forward to seeing all the mountune powered teams back out on track over the coming weeks.