French Formula One Presenter and Rallycross driver Julien Febreau took his second French Rallycross Championship victory, this time at the wheel of an Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 Supercar.
The Canal+ TV Reporter utterly dominated the weekend’s proceedings at the Pont De Ruan circuit by going fastest in Free Practice, taking victory in all of his heat races, taking victory in the Semi-Finals and being victorious in the Final in a display of dominance in the Albatec Peugeot. This win now means that the Dumfries team has taken victory in three different Rallycross Championships during its mammoth 2015 programme.
Febreau was joined by Finnish Rally driver Kristian Sohlberg who was making his Rallycross debut for Albatec. Sohlberg enjoyed a positive start to his weekend by setting competitive times in heats one and two, however a puncture and contact in heat three meant he would miss heat four. However, Sohlberg’s times were quick enough for a Semi-Final place, but further contact halted his progress there.
Team Principal Andy Scott was overjoyed with the performance from both Febreau and Sohlberg during the weekend.
“Julien delivered an absolutely faultless performance this weekend, fastest in timed practice, winning all four heats, his semi final and the final. We always knew that he had the capability from the very first heat in Faleyras, and he’s a deserved winner today. I think he showed everybody that he’s a first class, top level rallycross driver and proved also that Albatec can deliver winners,” declared Scott.
“Kristian also showed great speed all weekend. It’s a big learning curve for him to come from rally to rallycross especially here in Pont de Ruan where the technique is so different to gravel rallies, but he did a very good job. The rallycross gods didn’t look too favourably on him, he had some bad luck along the way, but I think he showed good potential. The British drivers had better watch out when he comes to Pembrey next weekend!”
Julien Febreau was very happy with his victory and praised the team for their hard work.
“For sure it’s been a fantastic weekend for me, for all the team, for Albatec, for all the guys who work so hard. It’s crazy because now it’s over I realise that we won everything this weekend, it’s fantastic, it means that we did our homework well. The car was easy to handle, and when you have an easy car to drive you can go fast and I didn’t make too many mistakes, and in the end that paid off,” explained Febreau.
“It was such a great moment with the team, the spirit was fantastic, as in Faleyras, and although this weekend was a bit different with Kristian joining the team, he’s such a professional driver, he taught me a lot. For his first time in the car, he was very impressive, his driving style is huge! He just needs to adapt to rallycross, but everyone can see how good he is and it was a privilege for me to be with him this weekend.”
Kristian Solberg hailed his debut and is looking forward to his BritishRX debut this weekend.
“That’s my first ever rallycross weekend done. It was a new experience but I enjoyed every minute. It’s obvious I need to learn a lot but after this weekend I know what I need to do for this kind of track. In general I’m happy but of course I’m disappointed not to make the final,” explained Sohlberg.
“We had some issues today with the car and I made a small mistake in heat three so I lost important positions. In the semi final we started sixth, and had quite a good start but it all nearly went badly wrong in the second corner. There were cars fighting for position, and I saw a window to push but a car hit me on the side and I got airborne. I went to the joker lap but lost a lot of time. After that it was all about pushing to the max. I tried really hard but I just went over the limit and could not get to fourth. Finally on the penultimate corner I got a puncture and dropped to sixth.
“All in all, it was a really positive weekend. I’m more than happy to work with Albatec, it’s a super professional team and we found good things to do to the car for the future and managed to do some development. I’m really pleased for Julien, who had a great weekend, with no mistakes and incredible speed. I’m really looking forward to next weekend in Pembrey!”
Albatec Racing continues its 2015 Rallycross programme this weekend where Sohlberg joins Andy Scott at Pembrey for round six of the British Rallycross Championship.