Albatec Racing has signed Finnish rally driver Kristian Sohlberg to its growing roster of Rallycross drivers during its mammoth programme of Rallycross action during 2015.
Sohlberg has been competing in European and World Rally events for the past 15 years and in 2002, the former works Mitsubishi driver finished runner-up in the Production World Rally Championship, with wins in Sweden and Rally New Zealand. However he is now turning his focus to the growing sport of Rallycross where he will make his debut in three different Rallycross championships this year.
Sohlberg will first drive one of the Dumfries based Team’s Peugeot 208 RX Supercars alongside Frenchman Julien Febreau, who makes his second appearance in the French Rallycross Championship at the Pont de Ruan circuit over the weekend of 11-12 July. He will then join Team Principal Andy Scott as the team fields both of its cars at Pembrey in Wales for round six of the British Rallycross Championship, which Scott leads overall. Finally Sohlberg will then make his WorldRX debut as the team will field him in the Turkish round of this years FIA World Rallycross Championship in Istanbul.
Team Principal Andy Scott is excited to have Kristian Sohlberg join the squad: “I’m delighted to welcome Kristian to the team, as we’ve been in discussion with him for some time now but were previously unable to agree a mutual calendar of events. His rally expertise I’m sure will be a great help on his rallycross debut, and I’m certain he will prove a valuable asset to the team. Albatec Racing is undergoing a very busy time across the four championships, with the emphasis naturally on continuing our championship leading performances in both Euro RX and British RX. The opportunity to contest select rounds of the French and World RX was simply too good to miss, as we look to build on that success.”
Sohlberg is excited to sign with Albatec Racing, ahead of his Rallycross debut: “I’m very happy to have finally organised a contract with Albatec Racing. I have been trying to get a chance in rallycross for some time and finally it worked. It is something totally new for me, but I know the team is very professional and the Peugeot 208 RX Supercar is very competitive. I’m really looking forward to the first test and race in France. These two events, in France and England are a build up for World RX of Turkey where I hope we can achieve a really good result and show what we can do. I want to thank Andy and all my sponsors for this possibility. It will be a heck of a ride!”