Solberg, Eriksson and Doran in trouble

by Hal Ridge |

Kevin Eriksson makes his rallycross debut here at Lydden Hill this weekend. So far it has been a rollercoaster of massive highs and incredible lows for the 16-year-old Swede. Second fastest in the first heat was followed by fastest time in the second heat, to head the timesheets overnight.

However, the start of heat three spelt trouble the youngster. A fast start was immediately followed by contact with Eric Faren. As Erikssons Renault Clio left the ground it carried momentum, rolling over and hitting Vadim Makrov in the process, the car eventually coming to rest on its side. Eriksson was unhurt in the incident, but his Set Promotion run Clio looks a little worse for wear.

Back in the paddock the car has been inspected by FIA technical delegate Carlos Funes who has declared it safe to run again, as long as the Set engineers can fix it.

“Kevin is fine, hopefully the car is ok too” Said Andreas Eriksson, father of Kevin and team chief at OMSE.

Supercar too produced drama. Liam Doran made a good start in his race, but followed it with an optimistic move around the outside of Chessens Drift, hitting the barrier. Doran continued the race until he was stopped by technical problems on the final lap, flames licking from the DS3’s bonnet.

Petter Solberg’s weekend gets no better, an amazing start preceded a half spin in the first corner, getting collected by Timmy Hansen and stopping in his tracks. Solberg eventually got the car running again but was over a lap down as he slowly toured around.

Tanner Foust is making up ground after his puncture yesterday, setting fastest time in heat three.


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