This month saw the latest rounds take place across British and China Touring Cars, plus Global, European and Nordic Rally Cross. Eight of our mountune powered drivers took to the podium a staggering number of 16 times in total, including a podium lock-out at Race 3 of the latest BTCC round, involving both Ford and Subaru powered teams.
BTCC Round 5: Croft
Croft saw mountune powered teams take several podium wins, including a podium lock-out at Race 3, involving both Ford and Subaru powered teams, making it the most successful round for us so far this season.
Adrian Flux Subaru Racing's golden boy, Ash Sutton saw a lights to flag victory in Race 1, holding off 'King of Croft' Turkington to take the win at the North Yorkshire circuit in his mountune powered Subaru Levorg. Sutton went on to finish second in Race 2, and again in Race 3 ahead of team mate Plato, who took to the podium for the first time this season.
Sutton said: “We’re having a fantastic weekend so far. We’ve bounced back from having a car that didn’t look in the best shape after qualifying yesterday to this – full credit to the team.”
The weekend also took a more positive turn for mountune powered Mat Jackson, who looked right at home as he took his first podium finish of the season, crossing the line third in Race 1, which he later backed up with an emphatic drive, taking the chequered flag in Race 3.
Mat described the win as "a great result", and dedicated it to new team member, Luke Davenport who had been injured in the Saturday's qualifying multi-crash collision, but who is now on the mend. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery, as we do Aron Taylor-Smith and Jeff Smith who were injured in the accident.
GRC ROUND 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 - New England | Ottawa
This months Global RallyX Championship saw four rounds take place in two locations with Honda Red Bull taking to the podium more than once in their mountune powered / Oldsberg developed 2.0L engines.
Rounds 3&4 in New England saw Seb Eriksson take the 3rd and 2nd spot respectively in qualifying, with teammates deJong and Oliver Eriksson also finishing in the top 10 on both days.
Round 3 saw deJong lose his battle for 2nd place but held on to third to become the first Supercar rookie to crack the podium in 2017. Teammate Oliver won Saturday’s Heat 1A to become the first Supercar rookie heat winner of 2017.
Round 4 the following day saw deJong again battle at the front end, this time being kept off a podium step finishing in 4th, with Seb in 6th, and Oliver in 10th, who again added another heat victory.
Round 5 in Ottawa, the series’ inaugural event at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, saw deJong start Saturday's race in 3rd and battled throughout the race to keep that position, taking the 3rd podium step, with Seb taking 6th position and Oliver, 8th.
Round 6 on Sunday saw him climb the grid on the first few corners, losing his position on the final straightaway, but still taking another 3rd podium spot, with Seb and Oilver taking 4th and 5th respectively.
Three certainly was the lucky number for deJong this month with three, 3rd podium finishes, and was dubbed the first American driver to stand on the podium for Honda in Red Bull GRC competition.
CTCC Round 2 | 3 - Guangdong | Guiyang
June hosted rounds 2 & 3 of the China Touring Car Championship 2017 series and again saw mountune powered Changan Ford Racing Team take to the podium on more than one occasion.
Round 2 saw Rainey He, Andy Yan, Martin Cao, and new addition UK's James Nash take to the demanding track of Guangdong with ease, showcasing their skills as experienced drivers, gaining valuable places from their starting positions in their mountune powered turbocharged EcoBoost Ford Focus 2.0T hatchbacks.
After qualifying in 4th, Race 1 saw team leader Rainey He battle in the early stages but secured solid points with a 3rd place podium finish.
Race 2 saw newest team member, and previous BTCC and WTCC driver James Nash, emulate his UK wild card predecessor, Daniel Lloyd by taking a podium step, this time for a 1st place finish after taking over the leader on the first turn and holding the lead all the way to the chequered flag. Teammate Cao joined Nash on the podium with a 3rd place finish.
After the race, Nash said, "It's great to take the lead in my first CTCC race at a challenging track such as Guangdong International Circuit". CTCC officials added, "The manufacturers battle is strong this season and the fact that more foreign drivers take part in CTCC helps the international influence and vision of the series".
At round 3 the team went one step further with Cao, after a 2nd place step in race 1, led the team to a 1-2-3 finish in race 2 at the Guizhou Chun Chi circuit, with teammates James Nash & Rainey He coming in 2nd and 3rd.
With the points gained this month, the mountune powered Changan Ford FRD Team are now leading the table by 31 points.
EUROPEAN RALLYX SUPERCAR ROUND 2 - Norway
Round 2 of the 2017 SuperCar European RallyX was held in Hell, Norway this month, with five mountune powered Ford Fiesta's competing.
JC Raceteknik's reigning RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites Champion, Thomas Bryntesson and multiple Supernational rallycross champion, Ola Frøshaug battled through wet, dry and mixed conditions to make the semi-finals. Bryntesson was fastest in Free Practice one, second in Q2 and fastest in Q4 to put him in a prime position for making it into the final, but gearbox issues while fighting for victory in the semi-finals meant he just missed out. Frøshaug set a best time of sixth in the qualifying stages and achieved his weekend objective by making it into the semi-finals, where he finished fifth, culminating in ninth overall.
Double FIA European Rallycross Champion, Derek Tohill made it into the semi-finals after a tricky stage in qualifying with a transitional period between wet and drying surfaces. Knowing he needed a top-three finish to qualify for the final, Tohill attempted an early overtake on another car but the Fiesta Supercar hit a kerb, puncturing the front-left tyre and putting the Irishman out of the race. Tohill finished 10th overall, which further strengthened his position in the Championship standings, currently equal 7th.
Hell was the right word for Martin Kaczmarski who, with a combination of the weather conditions and technical problems wasn't able to make it to the semi final. There were glimpses of winning the race in Q3 but the elements were against him, and after solid results in the last 2 World RallyX rounds over recent months, Kaczmarski was disappointed to finish in 24th place.
Mats Öhman also struggled to make progress at this round not making it to the semi finals, and finishing 17th overall.
NORDIC RALLYX ROUND 2 | 3 - Sweden
Both Rounds 2 & 3 of the Nordic RallyX Championship were held in Sweden this month with three mountune powered drivers competing.
At Round 2 Arvika, JC Raceteknik's Thomas Bryntesson and Ola Frøshaug, and independent driver, Mats Öhman all made a lot of noise in the qualifying rounds and semi final heats, taking 2nd, 4th and 3rd respectively in the final race.
Whilst qualifying in Round 3, Solvalla wasn't as good, Bryntesson upped his game in the semi's and ended the day crossing the line in 1st position, taking his second podium spot of the month. Mats Öhman finished the race in 9th, and Frøshaug 12th.
Bryntesson now leads the Nordic RallyX Championship, with other drivers sitting in 5th 8th and 10th.