Albatec Racing’s James Grint is looking for more podiums after his third place at Lydden Hill, as the 2016 MSA British Rallycross Championship heads to Pembrey in Wales for its double header meetings over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Grint made his British RX debut in 2015 at Pembrey and impressed immediately in the Peugeot 208 RX Supercar. After recent testing at the Faleyras circuit in France last month, he is full of confidence in looking to score points and gain further ground in the drivers championship. The Englishman lies in fourth place on 41 points whilst Dan Rooke leads the championship on 57 points.
The double header event at the Welsh circuit not offers the chance to score a good haul of points in both events, it will also challenge all of the British RX competitors as the circuit will be run in opposite directions as well. This will offer up more of the exciting spectacle and close racing that the series is known for as Grint joins the other MSA Supercar competitors in trying to close the gap on the championship leader.
The young British driver is confident of a good showing this weekend, “I’m feeling really great going into Pembrey, I know the car is fast I just need to steer it cleanly through the qualifying. Testing in Faleyras was great and the car is 100% ready for battle.” explained Grint.
“The new dampers from Exe-tc are amazing and it was fantastic having the guys come along to the test to help dial them in. The setup just keeps improving and the car really is amazing to drive, I feel privileged to be part of such a professional and hard-working team,
“Pembrey is a great track, the longer gravel sections will suit me and the car for sure. I think the reverse direction is a good move and it will make it seem like two separate events, which will definitely mix up the racing. I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes.
“It’s hard to predict the outcome, although we are certainly fast enough to challenge for another podium, and hopefully the top step too! We have a couple of extra modifications that I’m sure will be a big step forward in performance, so I can’t wait to get back out there and show everyone what I can do.”
Team Principle Andy Scott is hopeful that his young charger will come out on top this weekend, “We’re looking forward to returning to Pembrey, where I’m sure James will give a good account of himself as he bids for another podium and a maiden race win. We had a successful test at Faleyras recently, and make some good progress, and although the entry is again a strong one, I have every confidence that we can continue to move forwards.
“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing how the reverse track direction works for the opening race on Saturday, it will certainly only up a whole load of new challenges for the drivers and team, but will I’m sure produce an equally exciting race for the spectators and drivers alike.”