Rallycross stalwart Doran to race at Lydden Hill

Multiple European Rallycross event-winner Liam Doran will return to rallycross Supercar action this weekend at Lydden Hill, having placed a late entry for the second round of the British Rallycross series on Easter Monday. 

Doran will race his LD Motorsports squad’s Citroen C4 Supercar in the event, which will mark the X Games Gold medallists first outing since winning the British Rallycross Grand Prix at the end of 2016. 

The car Doran will race is the C4 he used throughout the 2011 season, driving for Kenneth Hansen’s team in the European Rallycross Championship. 

“I always like driving at Lydden and it’s actually a great track for the C4, it suits the car really well,” Doran told Motorsport News.

“I’m excited to get back behind the wheel, starting off easy in the C4 to see if I can remember how to drive. Joking aside, the C4 is a lot of fun and obviously still has the pace to do well in British RX.” 

Doran ran four Supercars in British RX from his LD Motorsports stable last season and claimed the title with Nathan Heathcote, who won the season-opener at Croft in the same car that Doran will race this weekend. 

The British driver says he hopes the Lydden event, where he will partner Jake Harris in a two-car effort, will be the first of several appearances this season, having acquired the ex-JRM Mini RX project together with Harris’ father Steve at the end of last year. 

“I’m hoping to get something together for more races this season,” he said. “With our DS3s, the Mini RX and the [Ford] RS200s in the works we have been very busy, not to mention my little fun projects. I imagine I’ll be doing some more driving this year; there’s always plans on the back burner at LD Motorsports.” 

Doran has previously achieved success at Lydden Hill in a C4 at the sport’s then highest level. He finished on the podium in the European Championship round in 2010, having won the British RX season-opener at the same circuit, to date his only British RX win in a C4.

He was forced onto the sidelines last season after having his licence suspended at the end of 2016 after an altercation.

Julian Godfrey leads the British RX points after the opening round at Silverstone and will continue to race a Spencer Sport-run Mitsubishi Mirage RX this weekend.

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