Albatec Suffer Poor Mondello Park Weekend


Albatec Racing boss and British Rallycross Championship leader Andy Scott had a poor weekend by his 2015 standards during the double header weekend at Mondello Park which saw rounds four and five of the 2015 Championship take place.

Scott was without a team mate for the first time since the opening round at Croft this season, but saw his points margin wiped out in the MSA Supercar catergory of BritishRX after his rivals Julian Godfrey and Ollie O’Donovan took A Final wins respectively. Despite taking two heat wins and a fourth place in round four, Scott was unable to turn his A Final pole position into a win after a tap from Kevin Procter spun him round. A spirited drive to sixth place whilst Godfrey took the win meant Scott lost the championship lead.

Round five was just as difficult an affair. Looking to claw back the lead or even retake it, the Albatec Racing Team Principal was leading the race in heat three when the race distance was changed from four laps to three, meaning that as he’d not taken his joker lap, Scott was given a 20 second penalty. Again qualifying for the A Final, The Peugeot 208 RX had contact which sent him into a spin with another sixth place finish the result as Ollie O’Donovan took the round five A Final win.

Marc Scott had another exciting duel with RX150 rival Chrissy Palmer as the pair duked it out and left the rest of the class standing in both rounds. In round four he took two heat wins and started on pole, but he lost the lead during the Final after going wide at SEAT corner, handing Palmer the win. But Scott fought back in round five, where he reversed the tables and took the Final win ahead Palmer, helping him to close on the championship leader.

Andy Scott reflected on a luckless weekend:

“It’s been a very disappointing weekend, you could say we’ve had the unluck of the Irish, after what started so well for us. We were unlucky to a large extent and unable to convert the pace we had into results,” he explained. “On Sunday, we had a good run in timed practice and were looking good for a strong result to get me back on track, but in the first heat they cut it short by a lap, just as I was about to take my joker. That gave me a 20 second penalty, which effectively ruled me out of contention for the rest of the day.

“Mondello is all about being on the front row, when you’re not, it’s very difficult to get a top result, and running in traffic meant the times were slower. I’m very unhappy with the whole weekend really, and particularly so as we had one of our sponsors Motis Ireland there, when I’d really hoped to give them a good result.”

Marc Scott looked back on a happier outing for him in the RX150 Class:

“It was a pretty good weekend for me, it would have been nice to get the double, but I made a small mistake in Saturday’s Final, running wide and allowing Chrissy [Palmer] through. In the second it was another close run to the flag, but I had a bit of a gap early on, which helped me pull away. Overall it’s been a great battle with him once again, and I’m looking forward to renewing the challenge at Pembrey.”

The team now prepares for its second French Rallycross Championship outing where the squad fields both of its Peugeot 208 RX’s for Julien Febreau and new signing Kristian Sohlberg at the Pont De Ruan circuit on 11-12 July.