Formidable French Rallycross team Pailler Competition is looking to hit the ground running with a revised driver lineup for its two entries at the opening round of the 2016 FIA European Rallycross Championship in Belgium.
After starting their 2016 French Rallycross Championship campaign at Essay on May Bank Holiday weekend, the French outift sees their regular driver Fabien Pailler pilot one of the teams iconic Peugeot 208 RX Supercars at the Belgian event, however he will be joined by Super1600 driver Ulrik Linnemann who makes his debut in the Supercar catergory against a very strong field of drivers and teams. Linnemann had a chance to test the Supercar at the French circuit of Druex where he found out the differences between the Peugeot 208 Supercar and the Peugeot 208 Super1600 car.
After the test, Linnemann was eager to get back into racing action, “I’m more impatient with the idea to make my debut in official competition at the wheel of a supercar. This is a dream come true . I had the opportunity to test this car there shortly, and Jean-Luc Pailler proved fully satisfied with my performance.
“The car is really easy to drive, so I can only be happy that such a perspective can finally be realized. However, I think it will be difficult me to reach the finals. I confront myself with the very best on European soil, but I do not despair at the thought of doing this.”
Meanwhile Pailler has clear goals for his performance at Mettet this weekend, “Obviously, there was a bit of frustration in the evening of the first round of the championship of France. However, it allowed us to make adjustments for the start of the European championship. Regarding my goals for this Mettet weekend, it is understood that nothing shall be simple since no less than 30 Supercars are expected initially.
“In other words, it will show intelligent and disciplined knowledge is to achieve pull out of the game in such a context,” Pailler explained, “Avoid problems during the race and finished his four heats up capital presupposed to go win a qualifying among the 12 semifinalists. Once this stage is reached, we know that anything can happen in Rallycross. To us not to rush while ensuring doing things in the right order “