Albatec Racing say they are ‘delighted’ with their performance at the Lydden Hill round of the 2014 FIA World RallyCross Championship, despite only one of their cars making into the Semi’s.
After a heat win and one second place, Team Principle Andy Scott reached the semi-final in his two-litre 16v Peugeot 208 for the second consecutive time, but despite his best efforts couldn’t reach the final after contact with another car lost him time and drop just outside of the top three.
For Davy Jeanney it was a different story, however, with the Frenchman missing his second heat due to a technical problem, with the 2013 Vice-Champion then showing good pace in the last two qualifiers, but falling short of the semi’s, leaving the Frenchman optimistic for furtherer outings this year.
“Heat three was always going to be difficult as we had some strong charging drivers in it,” said Scott. So I decided to take the joker off the start and managed to get second place, and was very happy with the car. For heat four I lined up on pole and, well there are no slow cars here anymore, so it was a bit of a fight into turn one, but I managed to come out in the lead with no mistakes and the time was sufficient to give me tenth and qualify for the semis.
“From the back row the best place I could expect to get was second into the first corner which we managed to achieve, but in the run down to Devil’s Elbow I outbraked myself, went wide and allowed two cars to pass me, then got involved in a tussle at the top of the hill.
“After that the car lost power slightly, through damage to the intercooler sustained in the hit I suspect. This is a new team we’ve pulled together this year, without the benefit of big budget sponsors, although we continue to work towards that, but every race we get better, the team’s performance this weekend proves that.”
“In heat three it was very difficult because I lost the power steering but still got a good result anyway,” said Jeanney, who was standing in for Jacques Villeneuve. “Heat four was better, ninth fastest was a good result, but you need four strong finishes to progress to the semi-finals. But overall we improved each time and got better and better.
“I’m sure if I had a little more testing in Essay we could have been better, but bad weather prevented us from running too much. It’s great to be back racing in rallycross though as I like the environment here. I would very much like to come back into World RX, maybe in France and Sweden as they are both very good tracks, so if the opportunity arises, then naturally that would be very good for me.”