April was a busy month for motorsport with the mountune Racing Track Team supporting drivers in various championships across the globe.
BTCC: Round 2 - Donington Park
Round 2 of this years BTCC saw Adrian Flux Subaru Racing's newest driver, Ash Sutton, take two 3rd place podiums driving his mountune powered 2.0 turbocharged Levorg.
After being excluded from qualifying due to a technical infringement, and starting from the back of the grid in Race 1, Sutton went on to climb up to finish the first race of the day in 13th place. Race 2 saw him gain 10 positions to finish 3rd and he held the same podium position in Race 3.
Sutton was awarded Dunlop's #ForeverForward award after producing such a strong result and stand out performance.
Our thoughts have been with Billy Monger this month following his crash at Round 2, and we continue to send our support to him and his family.
WRX: Round 2 - Montalegre
European RallyX driver Martin Kaczmarski made his World RallyX debut this month in Montalegre, Portugal, driving his 2.0 Ford Duratec mountune powered Fiesta STRX. The Polish driver managed jump in front of some of the factory drivers to secure a spot in the second qualifying round, but it was not enough to advance him to the semi-finals.
After the race Kaczmarski said, "The first World Championship behind me and I'm happy. The result could of course been better but I learned a lot, I kept pace and with that had a lot of satisfaction. We are constantly moving forward."
RallyX Nordic: Round 1 - Grenland
The 2017 RallyX Norway championship kicked off this month which saw several mountune powered teams make the podium. 19 year old Olsbergs driver Oliver Eriksson took the lead immediately in the final race, running his older brother, Kevin Eriksson's RallyX Nordic 2016 winning car, and kept his position to take the top step of the podium in his inaugural round.
A close second was JC Raceteknik's Thomas Bryntesson, reigning RallyX Nordic Lites Champion who began with the fastest time in practice in his mountune powered Ford Fiesta Supercar. A slow start in the final left Bryntesson fourth at the second corner, but by using his pace and a tactical lap strategy, he took the second podium step.
Team mate Ola Fröshaug had a more challenging event. After driveshaft and suspension failure early on, he fought back to end 5th in semi-final two, going on to finish 11th overall. The JC Raceteknik Team will test with Fröshaug ahead of his next encounter to give the experienced driver additional Supercar seat time.
Rallycross legend and now RallyX Norway driver, Mats Öhman finished the event in 6th place in his specially adapted mountune powered Ford Fiesta.
British RallyX: Round 2 - Lydden Hill
Round 2 of the British Rally Championship at Lydden Hill saw mountune powered Kevin Procter start the final race on pole thanks to a consistent pace through the three qualifying stages, where he finished in 1st, 3rd and 2nd place. After losing the lead on the first turn, Procter finished the race in 5th position in his 2.0L Ford Fiesta Supercar.
Irish RallyX: Round 3 - Galway
This weekend saw Ireland’s most successful RallyX driver ever, Derek Tohill take part in the third round of the 2017 Irish RallyX Championship. Following his win at round 2, Tohill's hopes were high to continue his success at the event running his ex-OlsbergsMSE mountune powered 2.0L turbocharged Ford Fiesta Supercar, pushing 600bhp.
A wet Round 3 saw Tohill take 1st, 2nd,1st in the three heats, 1st in the Supercar final, and another 1st in the Super final despite a restart after a red flag 2 laps in to the race. This successful win for Tohill and his team helps with their preparations for the next European RallyX round in Norway, 9-11th June.
GRC: Round 1 - Memphis
This weekend also played host to the opening round of the 2017 Global RallyX Championship, being held in Memphis, USA. The event saw a three car grid for the Olsbergs MSE Supercar team running their mountune powered Honda Civic's, piloted by former RallyX champion Sebastian Eriksson, RallyX On Ice champion Mitchell DeJong and this months RallyX Norway winner, Oliver Eriksson.
After qualifying saw the drivers take positions 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively, they were in a good position to start the final race. Dejong, who was named top performing Rookie at round 1, ran in podium position for a good part of the final race despite damage sustained after an early knock in turn 2, and finished the race in 4th place, with Oliver taking 5th, and Sebastian 7th.