Albatec Racing‘s James Grint will take on the famous Hillclimb Challenge in the team’s BritishRX and EuroRX Championship leading Peugeot 208 RX at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Every year the Festival holds a different theme to celebrate motorsport and allow the fans to be close up to the action as well as meet the drivers, teams and cars that are on display and attempt the Hillclimb and the theme for this years Festival suits Rallycross down to the ground: ‘Flat-Out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge’.
Whilst a former Formula 1 driver holds the record in 1999 for the fastest hillclimb time in his McLaren MP4/13, it is well known that despite the speed of a current Formula 1 car, a Rallycross Supercar such as those used in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the FIA European Championship and the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship as well as other domestic series around the world, can out accelerate the top flight single seater cars going from 0 – 60 mph in under two seconds, making the start in any heat race, Semi-Final or Final crucial.
Add in the flame spitting exhausts from the 2 litre turbocharged 600bhp engines used in the Supercar catergory and the iconic sideways action that is a part of Rallycross and the fans at Goodwood are in for a treat. This year will be the first time a Rallycross car has gone up the hill since Liam Doran drove up the course in 2013.
However, whilst EuroRX driver James Grint attempts to take on the 1.16 mile hillclimb challenge in the Peugeot Supercar, Team Principal and BritishRX Championship leader Andy Scott will be looking to return to his winning ways as the British series has rounds four and five at Mondello Park in Southern Ireland.
Andy Scott is very pleased to see the team and James Grint taking part at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: “It’s fantastic to have our Albatec Peugeot 208 RX at Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. I would love to be there myself to watch it, however I’m busy competing in the double-header British RX round at Mondello Park. I’m sure James and the rest of the team will represent Albatec in the best possible way though, and have a great weekend.”
James Grint is looking forward to the challenge of the hillclimb in his Peugeot Supercar: “I’m really excited to be part of Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. I’ve been going to the show since I was about six years old and I have always dreamt that I would be one of the racing drivers screaming up the famous Goodwood hillclimb, now my dream is becoming a reality. It’s almost more exciting than the next Euro RX race in Germany! I’m going to be concentrating pretty hard behind the wheel, as I really don’t want to be the one that stuffs the car into the Flint wall!!! I hope to put on a good show for all the rallycross fans.”