2015 FIA European Rallycross Championship winner Tommy Rustad has announced that he will drive for Albatec Racing in this years EuroRX Series. Rustad secured the 2015 title driving a VW Polo Supercar jointly run by Marklund Motorsport and HTB Racing.
Rustad holds an impressive record of experience in motorsport, having won championship titles in Norwegian, Swedish and British (Independent Cup) touring car championships, Renault Sport Spider Eurocup, and Formula Opel Sweden as well as becoming six-time Norwegian Rallycross Champion in 1987-1992. He beat Jerome Grosset-Janin to the EuroRX Title, where the Frenchman drove for the Dumfries based squad last year.
By making the move to Albatec Racing in 2016, Rustad now targets a return to the top step of the championship podium:
“I’m really looking forward to working with Albatec, which I know is very professional and the right team to give me what I need to win the championship again. It’s always exiting to work with a new team, we have the same target and I’m sure we can succeed if we are doing our best together. When my sponsor HTB and I couldn’t join Marklund Motorsport this year it was obvious, as our main opposition last year, who we should go with,” Rustad explained.
“From what I’ve seen I think the Peugeot 208 will be good at all circuits, and we need to take the best out of the car in all conditions. Albatec has experience with the car and I know most of the tracks, so when we arrive at the last race in Latvia I expect our knowledge of each other will be strong enough that we can handle the new track well.”
However Rustad is well aware of the challenge in EuroRX this year:
“The biggest challenge will be the high level of competition this year. It’s never easy to win a European championship, but I’m sure if all of us in the team are working hard it will not be easy to beat us. Of course the target is to win races and the championship again, but I know the target and ambition to win is much easier than it is to get results on the tracks, so we need to work hard.”
Albatec has already announced its BritishRX and FrenchRX programmes for 2016, however Team Principal Andy Scott is confident of the title charge in EuroRX that Rustad will lead:
“I’m delighted to welcome Tommy to the team for 2016. It’s an incredibly exciting time for us, and I look forward to seeing how he performs against what promises to be a very strong and competitive field. Last season we pushed hard to beat him with Jérôme, and came so close to winning the title that we led from the start. Now we will support him in his efforts to retain that title.” Scott explained.
“This year’s Euro RX schedule offers up some great events and tracks, including a brand new circuit in Latvia, where none of the teams will have any race experience, putting everyone on an even keel. Albatec’s commitment to race in British, French and Euro RX, together with our debut season in Karting, and previous success in RX150 ensures we are the only team to offer a route from Karting to Supercars. Although we have another incredibly busy season ahead, I’m confident we can deliver the goods.”