Tohill crowned British Rallycross 5 Nations Champion

Double European Rallycross Champion and four-time Irish Rallycross Champion Derek Tohill has been crowned as the 2021 Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy Champion.

Over the seven-round 2021 campaign with events in England, Wales and Scotland [rounds in Belgium and Ireland were forced to be cancelled due to ongoing world events but were replaced by double-headers at Lydden Hill and Knockhill], Tohill and the PFCRX team won three times, despite racing in one of the most competitive seasons of British Rallycross competition for some time.

Derek Tohill.

Having scored top five Nations BRX points in round seven at Lydden Hill last month, Tohill left what was planned to be the penultimate round with the standings lead.

Now, with the final round, unfortunately, cancelled amid the ongoing issues the world currently faces, it is now confirmed that Dublin-based Tohill has become the 23rd driver to claim the British Rallycross title in its 46-year history.

PFCRX’s OlsbergsMSE-built, C-Sport run 600bhp Ford Fiesta Supercar continued its development throughout 2021 and that effort by everybody in both the immediate and wider team has now been rewarded, with Tohill finishing in front of several former champions and event-winners in the championship.

The season is not over for the Irish team, however, with the final round of the 2021 Irish Rallycross Championship taking place at Mondello Park on December 12, where Tohill remains in contention to win a fifth Irish Rallycross Championship crown.

Derek Tohill said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be officially confirmed as the 5 Nations British Rallycross Champion. It’s a huge privilege to join the list of previous winners, including multiple champion Dermot Carnegie, Christopher Evans, Helmut Holfeld and Ollie O’Donovan – all Irish competitors who I’m honoured to join as a British Rallycross Champion.

“That’s without mentioning all the famous British winners such as Julian Godfrey, Pat Doran, Will Gollop, John Welch, Mark Rennison, Trevor Hopkins and the list goes on, together with some heroes from Northern Ireland who have won it in the past such as Laurence Gibson and Denis Biggerstaff in their iconic Metro 6R4s. These are all heroes of mine, from a championship stacked with history.”

He added: “We have a lot of fantastic support from our partners and sponsors who never fail to deliver, no matter what time of the day or night it is, including PartsforCars, Mountune and OlsbergsMSE. It’s a big commitment to take on full campaigns in both Britain and Ireland – we have tested and proven our parts and people in the most extreme conditions.”

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