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 Citroen DS3s, in the Supercar category, and racing for the LD Motorsports World RX Team.
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 presented by Monster Energy (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’.
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.
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.
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.
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,” said Anayi. “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.”