Albatec Racing Suffer Fuel Pressure Problems On Day 1

Andy Scott was happy with his performance on the opening day as the team suffered fuel pressure problems robbing them of valuable track time.

Scott would finish the first day of the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship in eight place after an exhaust leak saw him finish tenth in the first race, before salvaging eighth place in the second race.

“It’s been a hard day, with a lot of technical issues,” said Scott. “We traced to a fuel pressure problem, first on Jacques’ car and eventually on mine, which meant I ran out of time before free practice. In the opening race I made a reasonable start, which was pretty good considering I hadn’t tested the car. We had an issue with the exhaust leaking which melted the paint off the tunnel, so I had to drive the last two laps with the door open to clear the fumes.

“In the second heat we made a few adjustments on the suspension, but at the start I had no option but to joker on lap one, and came out behind another car, costing us time. But I’m quite happy overall with eighth fastest time which is encouraging for tomorrow.”

Team-mate and Ex-Formula 1 World champion Jacques Villeneuve suffered a character building day as he rounded out the day in fifteenth place, after solving the fuel pressure problem Villenueve suffered a puncture in second heat dropping him from thirteenth place.

“It’s been a tough learning day but the level of racing was very good, we just need to figure out how to make it work.” said Villeneuve. “We were a bit late running so we didn’t get all the laps in and the car is very different to when we were testing this winter. I made a mistake in the first race and suffered a puncture in the second one, but the aim tomorrow is to make it to the semi finals; it would be a shame to stop after two heats. The atmosphere here is very good, the fans are fun, and it’s good to be part of a championship.”