Liam Doran had a difficult 2015 season in his partnership with Petter Solberg, so in a last minute move, the British Bomb left his Citroën DS3 RX behind with the all the problems it had and joined the famous JRM squad for the full 2016 season.
In fact, Doran is returning to a car which brings good memories to him, which is the Mini Countryman RX, in which he took a mighty win in the 2013 X Games München, dealing with rain, Toomas Heikkinen, Ken Block and a flat tire. The Mini RX he will drive now is somehow a heritage of that time, as JRM acquired from Prodrive the rights and materials to produce the machine, which also includes the machines.
JRM brought Minis in 2015 season in a part time basis with several drivers, and got various chances to get in the points zone, with Guerlain Chicherit, Louis-Philippe Doumoulin and the former IndyCar driver Patrick Carpentier, although the high point was with the stellar day that Guy Wilks had at Lydden Hill, as he made into the final, finishing sixth only because of problems in the car.
The Mini Countryman RX is one of the cars in the competition to use the custom 2.0 engine that is offered as an alternative to create something based in the stock block, and it will be probably the only full time car in the grid to use this regulation on its favor. For Doran it's the first time since 2010 with Hansen Motorsport (currently Team Peugeot-Hansen) that he enters as part of a team instead of an effort on his own, which a few guys do succeed.
With JRM having a driver to concentrate their efforts and Doran having a team to help him in the sidelines, this combo may appear as a top player during the season.
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