Albatec Racing had a positive result on its debut in the French Rallycross Championship last weekend as French Formula 1 reporter Julien Febreau guided the squad’s Peugeot 208 RX Supercar fourth place in the Final.
Febreau began the weekend well after setting the fastest time in Free Practice ahead of a strong field of French Rallycross competitors that included Jean-Baptiste Dubourg and WRC ace Francois Duval. He carried on his strong form into the heat stages by finishing with the fourth fastest time in heat one and sixth in heat two leaving the French driver in fifth place overnight in the intermediate standings.
Overnight rain at the Faleyras circuit mixed things up on Sunday for heats three and four. Heat three saw several cars roll during the heat races and Febreau himself slide into the sand at the first corner during his race. However he fought back in heat four to take the race win, meaning that the Frenchman finished in fourth place overall and qualify for the semi-finals. Febreau guided the Peugeot to third place in his semi-final and went on to finish in fourth place in the eight car Final after starting at the back of the grid.
Team Principal Andy Scott was overjoyed with Febreau’s performance and the teams debut in the French Series: “What an amazing weekend it’s been. Julien has been an absolute pleasure to work with, he’s very professional, committed, fast and it’s great to have seen him reach the final here in Faleyras. The track conditions today were exceptionally difficult, but he overcame them well with three solid drives in the qualifying heats to put him easily through to the semis. In the final, he drove very well, from the back of grid, we really couldn’t have asked for better and I’m really excited to see how he goes at the next event, in Pont de Ruan next month.”
Julien Febreau was very happy with his performance in the team and the event: “First of all I want to thank Andy and his wife Aud for the way they welcomed me into the team. I felt at home immediately and as a driver that is very important. A big thanks to all the mechanics and to Cédric my Chief Engineer too, they were great all week-end in a great atmosphere. Finally I would like to say a big thank you to Jérome Grosset-Janin who was my coach and spotter all week-end. It was not an easy task but he did so well! I wanted to make him happy and I think I achieved that target with fourth place and the fastest time in the final! I learnt so much with the team during these two days… I’m really looking forward to the next race in a month!”
Albatec Racing is now preparing both of its Peugeots for this weekend’s FIA European Rallycross Championship encounter at the Estering in Germany where Jerome Grosset-Janin will be looking for his second win and James Grint is looking to progress into his first Final.