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Mika Salo Tests RallycrossRX Machine

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Former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo joined Albatec Racing in a private test at Premier Park in Porvoo.

Salo drove Andy Scott‘s 600bhp, two-litre, 16v four-wheel-drive Peugeot 208 alongside Scott as Albatec Racing prepared for the fourth round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Kouvola, Finland.

The former Ferrari driver took the wheel of the re-built #26 Albatec Peugeot 208, having returned from the third round of the RallycrossRX at Nyirad, Hungary.

Salo completed several runs around the purpose built rallycross circuit at the Rudus facility, even treating some of the Finnish media to laps around the course.

“The car looks nice,” said Salo. “It’s well prepared and I was surprised how easy it is to drive. I took a little bit of time to know the engine, where the power band is to keep the turbo boost up, but that was all. It handles so nicely; it goes exactly where it should, when I want to go left it goes left. But the best part is without doubt the start, it’s amazing, it’s just really good. The start should be like that in every racing car.

“It’s hard to compare F1 to Supercar, they’re very different – this car is so easy to control and easy to drive, but it’s the same with both, you just need to learn your car and take it to the limit. But this is just so much fun, I can’t stop smiling. And you never know maybe I’ll be out in a rallycross event this year, you never know.”

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