Liam Doran has secured a deal to stay in the FIA World Rallycross championship by switching to JRM Racing with a Mini RX Supercar.
The Monster Energy-backed driver returns for a third consecutive season in World Rallycross having competed for SDRX last year ending the year 16th in the overall standings. The JRM Racing squad entered five rounds in 2015 to gain experience and is now preparing for its maiden full campaign.
The four-time X-Games medallist and European Rallycross championship race winner is relishing the opportunity and is delighted to secure a 'reliable and fast' package with Mini.
“This is something I've been working towards for the last couple of years being able to go at the championship professionally as a driver and with a capable and successful team,” Doran said. “It's exciting for me to have the chance to do that. Being able to focus on my driving is the most important thing for me in 2016.
“One of the main reasons for this whole deal happening is because the car is what it is and the team is what it is. It's going to be a strong, fast and reliable package which is something I need. The sport has also evolved hugely and if we're going to succeed in both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships, we need a reliable package to start with.”
Jason King, JRM managing director, says his squad has worked tirelessly on matching the Mini's two-litre engine and chassis into the World RX regulations and is confident it has discovered a competitive package completed by Doran.
“It's great to have Liam on board for the 2016 World RX season and for him to be at the heart of an all-British team,” King said. “We learned a lot about the series last year and we're ready to make our mark as a full season entrant in 2016.
"We've done a lot of work on the MINI to meet the new two-litre engine regulations and marrying the car's chassis – which handles superbly and gives the driver great stability and feedback – to a more powerful engine is an exciting prospect.”