Greinbach European Rallycross: Doran leads after day one in Austria

British driver Liam Doran sits on top of the order after two heats at the eighth round of the European Rallycross Championship, held at Greinbach, Austria

Greinbach European Rallycross: Doran leads after day one in Austria

Doran drove to race victory in both of the first heats to land the top spot.

Championship leader Timur Timerzyanov is second, one place ahead of Anton Marklund, who had his best first day of the season to date in Austria.

Frode Holte makes his return to the sport this weekend following a year-long sabbatical, but that clearly has not slowed the young Norwegian, who is fourth overnight.

Alexander Hvaal was fastest in heat one but a poor start in heat two caused him to suffer the first corner squeeze, from which he was unable to recover, finishing his race last and with eleventh fastest time.

Petter Solberg had a terrible start to heat one, missing the start lights and giving the rest of the field a half-lap lead. Heat two went better for the 2003 World Rally champion, who set fastest time to pull himself up to sixth overall, just ahead of Timmy Hansen, who had a big moment on the first lap of heat one.

Double event winner Andreas Bakkerud set the fourth fastest time in heat two, but is down in eleventh overall having failed to finish heat one after a spin and stall at the hairpin.

Super1600 is headed by Reinis Nitiss overnight and will take the championship spoils in Austria if he can win both qualifying and the event.

Irish driver Derek Tohill is in the same position in the TouringCars championship, and like Nitiss is currently on course, he tops TouringCars at the end of day one.

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