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Multiple podiums and a championship win

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BTCC ROUND 9 - Silverstone

Silverstone was again home to the penultimate round of the BTCC series, this round resulting in a controversial one for mountune powered Adrian Flux Subaru Racing's Ash Sutton.  Qualifying resulted in a 10th place start for Sutton, who climbed the grid to take a 5th place finish in Race 1.

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Race 2 saw a battle for 3rd place in the later laps and a bold move by Sutton at Luffield in the final minutes saw him take the final step of the podium.  However, Sutton was penalised for his move on the BMW and after an appeal from the Irishman's team was lost, the final positions were reversed resulting in Sutton taking fourth, and was relegated to the back of the grid for Race 3, also suffering a 3 point reduction in his championship standings.


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The final race of the day saw Sutton work his way up the grid from last to finish 11th, and ended the weekend still holding on to the top spot of the leaderboard, now just 5 points ahead going into this weekends final at Brands Hatch. 


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Round 9 proved a tough weekend for mountune powered Motorbase Performance and although Jackson yet again showed his flair climbing the ranks in both Race 1 and 2, a few knocks to his #3 Focus meant he was out of scoring positions.    Race 3 was a better run seeing Jackson again make his way through the pack to take a top 10 finish. 

GRC ROUND 10 | 11 - Seattle

Round's 10 & 11 of this years GRC championship were held in Seattle over another, and the final, double header weekend.


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With some good finishes in the heats from all three of the mountune powered OMSE Honda Red Bull Team, the drivers all started Day 1's final in good spirits. However car trouble, namely a puncture and inlet shaft break after a 70ft jump meant deJong and Eriksson were to miss out on a top spot, finishing 9th and 10th respectively, with the youngest on the grid, O'Eriksson clinching a more respectable 5th place, his fourth top 5 of the season, and 16th for the team so far this season. 


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Day 2 saw more problems for the team with suspension issues, a second puncture and damage from other competitors, resulting in an 8th, 9th and 10th finish for the team.


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With just LA left to run this season, the Honda Red Bull team currently sit 2nd in the Manufacturer's Championship, with the drivers S. Eriksson in 4th, deJong in 5th and O. Eriksson in 6th on the Driver's table, with one round to go. 

NORDIC RALLY CROSS ROUND 5 | 6 - Sweden

September saw the last two rounds of the 2017 Nordic Rally Cross Championship, with Sweden playing host to both.


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Kinnekulle Ring Round 5 semi-finals saw Thomas Bryntesson take the lead ahead of teammate Ola Fröshaug, however a puncture and some technical issues saw Bryntesson fall back, but still finish thanks to Fröshaug pushing him across the line.


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Chaos amongst the destroyed, wet track on Race Day saw the team go through more tyres due to a second puncture on Bryntesson's mountune powered Ford Fiesta Supercar, with the 21year old finishing 4th, adding points and extending his championship lead.  Teammate Fröshaug however had a better race and took the third step of the podium.


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Last weekend saw the final round of the 2017 Nordic Rally Cross Championship, held this time at the Strängnäs Motor Stadium, Sweden, where mountune powered JC Raceteknik approached the round with confidence, having headed the championship standings for some time, with a 23 point lead going into the final. 


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The race itself saw Bryntesson do well in the qualifying rounds making it to the final race where he crossed the line in 2nd, ahead of fellow mountune powered, and current Global Rally Cross driver, Oliver Eriksson, who returned to the Nordic Championship, where he took his first SuperCar victory.  

JC Raceteknik's Ola Fröshaug missed out on a podium step this round, but finished the race in 7th place, one ahead of mountune powered Mats Öhman.


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As expected, Bryntesson took gold for the 2017 Season, crowned Nordic Rally Cross Champion 2017, his second huge achievement this month having just taken silver at the European Rally Cross event.  

"This really is a dream come true. It feels very awesome, and getting together with the whole team is really fun. We have worked very hard and it has yielded results. The season in Nordic has been so good." - Thomas Bryntesson.

Teammate Fröshaug also saw his goal achieved...
"It has been a very good season. It's my first year in Supercar and the goal was to finish in the top five. I succeeded in that. The team has worked best, we are like a big family and I'm proud." - Ola Frøshaug.


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Mats Öhman completed the season in 6th place, with O. Eriksson sitting in 10th. Our congratulations go to JC Raceteknik on their championship win, and to all mountunepowered teams and drivers who made this year's season one to remember. 

EUROPEAN RALLY CROSS FINAL ROUNDS - France | Latvia

The penultimate round of the 2017 European Rally Cross Championship saw JC Raceteknik's Bryntesson in action, and success in the qualifying and semi-final rounds saw him start the final race quick with great pace and take the top step of the podium, a long-awaited victory in Euro RX in the heavyweight Supercar.   Bryntesson sits 2nd in the table going into the final race of the series. 

"This feels so nice! During the Sunday I had a bit of a struggle to find the speed in the rain, but in the finals everything worked perfectly. Lohéac is also a really cool place, it was really fun to win here." Thomas Bryntesson.

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France also saw multiple European and Irish Rallycross Champion Derek Tohill equal his best-ever finish in the FIA European Rallycross Championship in Loheac in France, finishing fifth overall.
 
A difficult start saw Tohill have a limited free practice run but won his opening two races of the weekend in his mountune powered Ford Fiesta Supercar, and went on to maintain his 100% semi-final qualifying record in this season's championship.

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Wet conditions didn't improve for the final and despite a challenge against the championship leader, the team took a strong fifth position, equalling their previous best result in Barcelona back in April.  The points earned moved Tohill up to seventh in the standings.

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The final round of the 2017 European RallyCross Championship saw the teams head to Latvia's capital city, Riga.   Both JC Raceteknik drivers made good progress in the qualifiers and semi finals however Fröshaug took a fifth in Semi-Final 2 meaning he didn't make it to the final. 

Bryntesson on the other hand made it to the final race and although didn't take a podium finish this round, he held his Driver Standing's position to finish 2nd overall and take Silver in JC Raceteknik's European RallyCross debut season, a great accomplishment for the Swedish team, with Fröshaug coming in 10th overall. 

"When I was standing in a tire train during the semifinal in Barcelona, ​​I understood that the championship was going to be tough. Then it went even worse in both Hell and Höljes. But I was fighting back and standing on the podium in the end. I really want to thank everyone who supports me. The whole team does an incredible job and without all the sponsors I had not managed to run a single race. And not least thanks to my supporters." - Thomas Bryntesson

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Derek Tohill once again qualified for the semi-finals at the very competitive final supercar race of the year, not making the final on this occasion due to a suspension failure after a jump in his 600bhp mountune powered supercar.  However his strong performance this season saw him finish in 7th place overall in the championship standings. 

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“This season has been mission complete really. We wanted to be in the semi-finals last year and the finals this season, and made the semi-finals every time and the final in two rounds. We’ve been comfortably inside the top ten, and consistently in the top six, so the focus is for sure on getting podiums next year." - Derek Tohill

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After a 3-month break, mountune powered Martin Kaczmarski returned to his European RallyCross 2017 challenge after a summer of training with a WRC pilot in Lithuania.

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Heading into the final event with a fighting attitude, Saturday saw him finish both qualifying rounds with good times.  However, Sunday the team received news that Kaczmarski was to be disqualified from Q2 following a tyre issue, and a good result in Q4 was still not enough for him to proceed to the final. 

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Kaczmarski and the team go home to prepare for the World RallyCross event at the famous Estering track in Germany.

"I am going to fight.  World RX is the biggest challenge in this discipline and the competition is very strong.  It's brilliant fun and it's hard to catch up with the world's top teams but if I manage to overtake one of them, I will be happy."  - Martin Kaczmarski

BRITISH RALLY CROSS ROUND 7 | 8 - Pembrey

Rounds 7 & 8 of the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship were held at Pembrey Circuit last weekend where mountune powered Kevin Procter and mountune supported O'Donovan looked to increase their leaderboard points in the penultimate race weekend. 

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O'Donovan started round 7 on Saturday in 2nd position on the grid and battled well for 2nd place but crossed the line in third still taking a well deserved podium step.  

O’Donovan didn't make it to Round 8 after crashing out in Free Practice, sliding off the road and impacting a tyre barrier, missing out on vital championship points as he sits in 4th on the Championship board.

The 2007 British RX Champion was taken to hospital and returned to the paddock later the same day, with damage to his shoulder, two ribs and his right hand.  We wish him a speedy recovery. 

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After some technical issues in qualifying, Procter started Round 7 in 5th on the grid and held his spot crossing the line in the same position.  The Home of Welsh Motorsport circuit was switched to run clockwise for Sunday's Round 8 which saw Procter start in 4th, but further issues meant his challenge for a podium place was jeopardised, and he took 7th place. 


Procter currently sits 5th in the standings, with just the season finale at Croft Circuit next month to conclude the 2017 Championships. 

 

 

 

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