Dumfries based Albatec Racing enjoyed visits to the podium during the penultimate round of the 2015 British Rallycross Championship, which took place at Lydden Hill on August Bank Holiday.
Andy Scott lies in second place in the drivers championship for the MSA Supercars class and he was looking to take another victory to follow up the wins he had taken at Croft and at Lydden Hill on Easter Monday. The Albatec Racing Team Principal has guided his Peugeot 208 to four podiums this season and the slippery and damp conditions offered a new challenge.
After making his way through the heat stages, Scott found himself on the front row for the A Final, alongside polesitter Kevin Procter and Championship leader Julian Godfrey. Scott took his joker lap immediately after the start with Godfrey and Flaherty and he began working on trying to pass Godfrey to outscore his rival whilst others ahead took their jokers. On the last lap Scott made his pass stick and he crossed the line in third behind A Final winner Ollie O’Donovan and second placed Procter. This means now that the MSA Supercar title will be decided at Croft.
In the RX150 Class, double champion Marc Scott faced stiff opposition from championship rival Chrissy Palmer and a one off visit by FIA World Rallycross driver Reinis Nitiss. After leaving Pembrey behind Palmer in the championship, Scott held off Nitiss in the A Final to close the gap to Palmer to two points.
Andy Scott was happy to get a podium finish and close the gap to Godfrey ahead of the finale at Croft.
“It was a good race, a good weekend all round actually. We had no problems with the car all weekend, and although it was great to finish ahead of Julian, a bigger margin would have been better! I’m happy though, it was a close race in the end and it’s great for the championship to have it go down to the final race. We’ve got a busy time before then, with World RX at Loheac next weekend and of course our Euro RX campaign in Spain, but we’ll come back fighting for Croft.”
Marc Scott was happy to take the win in RX150 and take the title fight to the wire.
“I knew before we came here what my plan needed to be, and we managed to pull it off. I felt a lot more focused, more positive and determined this weekend and of course it’s great to beat someone like Reinis Nitiss. We had a little problem in the practice but otherwise everything went well, with a strong result across all three heats. In the final Nitiss got the drop on me at the start, but I was well lined up on the inside of the track and managed to take the lead into the first corner. It was a great race and I’m really happy with the result, now it’s all down to the final round.”
The final round of the 2015 British Rallycross Championship takes place at Croft in Yorkshire on October 10.