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27 Mar 2014

WRX: Tohill & Skorupski to Doran

Category: ERC, News Posted 27.03.14 17:00 by

The British LD Motorsports Team of Liam Doran signs Irishman Derek Tohill and Pole Krzysztof Skorupski for the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

 

The LD Motorsports World RX Team has confirmed that double European Rallycross champion Derek Tohill and Polish national Super1600 Champion Krzysztof Skorupski will be joining its team for the 2014 season. Both Tohill and Skorupski will be driving LD Motorsports prepared Citroën DS3s in the Supercar category.

LD Motorsports is based in the south-west of England and builds and prepares competition cars in-house to compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX), FIA European Rallycross Championship (Euro RX) and X Games series. LD Motorsports staffs and runs two separate teams; the ‘LD Motorsports World RX Team’ and the ‘Monster Energy World RX Team’.

 

Tohill testing the LDM Citroën DS3 SuperCar at Essay in France. © LDM/ERC24

Tohill testing the LDM Citroën DS3 SuperCar at Essay in France. © LDM/ERC24

 

LD Motorsports Team Principal Liam Doran was full of enthusiasm following the  announcement: “It’s shaping up to be an absolutely huge year, and signing Derek and Krzysztof is exactly what we need for the LD Motorsports World RX Team; the right mix of experience, speed and talent,” said Doran.

 

Former TouringCar Rallycrosser Derek Tohill. © LDM/ERC24

Former TouringCar Rallycrosser Derek Tohill. © LDM/ERC24

 

Having started his Rallycross career in 2004, Tohill brings a wealth of experience to the team. In addition to his two European Touring Car titles, the 37-year old from Dublin has finished inside the top three in the European championship for the last four seasons, as well as sitting on the Irish national Rallycross committee board.

 

Skorupski pictured during recent test drives in France. © LDM/ERC24

Skorupski pictured during recent test drives in France. © LDM/ERC24

 

Strapping into a 600bhp Supercar for the first time is a daunting prospect for any driver but 24-year old Skorupski from Poland, is incredibly focused on making the most of his graduation from Super1600, in which he finished second in the 2012 European championship. “It’s such a big opportunity, my main goal is to get used to the Supercars as quickly as possible, and adjust to the team,” said Skorupski.

 

Former Super1600 Rallycrosser Krzysztof Skorupski. © LDM/ERC24

Former Super1600 Rallycrosser Krzysztof Skorupski. © LDM/ERC24

 

Martin Anayi, Managing Director of FIA World Rallycross Championship for IMG Motorsport, welcomed the Championship’s latest arrivals: “Both Derek and Krzysztof have demonstrated huge potential in Rallycross – they are both very competent drivers and their recent test in France demonstrated just how quick they are behind the wheel. It’s also fantastic to see young drivers such as Krzysztof being given this opportunity and of course it’s brilliant to add a Pole and an Irish driver to our multi-national line-up this year.”

 

Top photo: Pole Skorupski (in car) and Irishman Tohill have joined LD Motorspoorts for the WorldRX series. © LDM/ERC24