Racer, team boss, and four time X-games medallist; Liam Doran is Rallycross. Shredding harder than most drivers can even dream about, the 27 year old has built up a reputation as a fearsome competitor both on and off the track.
Growing up in the shadow of Lydden Hill meant that Liam has been slaying tyres ever since he was 14 years old. However, while his heritage in Rallycross runs deep – with his family having been involved in the sport since its inception – the British driver has worked hard to build up a world class team from the ground up, at the same time as clawing his way to the sharp end of the grid as driver on the international stage.
Most will already know about his meteoric rise through the ranks, locking in early successes in British and European championships, as well as his shock victory at X-Games 17 in Los Angeles, but fewer will know about Liam’s work as a team boss.
Alongside his driving duties, Liam also heads up the UK-based LD Motorsports squad, and oversees the race preparation of no less than eight cars. Having competed in both the European and World FIA World Rallycross Championships, as well as selected events in the USA, Liam’s outfit takes on a level of in-house build and fabrication that rivals most manufacturer backed factory teams.
“It’s all about getting your head down, and pushing to where you want to be” smiles Liam. “When I first started out, I think a lot of people just saw my dad and the family name. But now, 10 years down the line, we’ve come a long way.
“There’s no getting around the hard work, if you want to win. If you started counting the hours you’d be in trouble. Of course I love driving, but it’s always been a dream of mine to have my own team and run ‘works’ cars. Being progressive with the engineering and finding the edge over the competition is what it’s all about.
“We ran two cars in the European Championship in 2013, and had an amazing year; we won more than any other team. Unfortunately 2014 went a little bit differently. It was the first at a world level, and there was a lot to learn, but because of some real bad luck and circumstances it didn’t go how I wanted. That’s all behind us now though.
I want to bounce back in 2015, and take back the leading place in the sport that I love. Rallycross is growing, and I’m for sure going to be leading the way.”