Davy Jeanney will join Albatec Racing for the Lydden Hill round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, filling in for Jacques Villeneuve who is on Indy 500 duty that weekend.
Jeanney, who was vice-champion last year in the European Rallycross championship racking up six finals and four podiums, will drive the #25 600bhp Peugeot 208 in the Supercar class, with Team Principal Andy Scott in the #26 as normal.
“This is not something we have just decided as we always had an interest in Albatec as we see the 208 as a good compromise in terms of the length of the car, this is what I like to drive and the technology inside is impressive thanks to the people working at Albatec,” said Jeanney. “I have a really good relationship with Andy (Scott) as we know each other well since we have been racing against each other for quite a while now; there was really no reason not to join Albatec.
“Not being able to compete in the whole championship gives me extra motivation, it’s like a bonus for me towards next year, and it’s giving me a good opportunity to work on getting really good results, I am really going to be 200% committed.
“Lydden Hill is a track that I know very well where I have always had great results so hopefully we can get a good result, being in the top five or even a podium is the target for now. For sure the greatest opposition will come from (Petter) Solberg, Timur (Timerzyanov) and Timmy (Hansen) as well of course but I would also expect drivers like (Alexander) Hvaal and (Toomas) Heikkinnen to be really strong.”
Scott also commented on the news, saying: “I am delighted to have secured Davy for our home event at Lydden Hill and look forward to welcoming him into the Albatec family. We have always had a very good relationship with him so I am extremely happy that he will be joining us and confident that he is strong enough to challenge for a podium finish if not an outright victory.
“Davy’s strengths lie not only in his outright speed but also his technical knowledge and his cool-headed approach which enables him to consistently run at the front. Hopefully we can offer him the opportunity to kick-start his 2014 season in the best possible way, with a strong performance in front of our home crowd.”
The Lydden Hill round of the championship takes place on the 24/25 May.