Albatec Racing have confirmed that they have entered three Peugeot Supercars for the second round of the 2016 FIA European Rallycross Championship, that takes place at Hell in Norway this weekend.
The Dumfries based team started the season off with two cars at the opening round in Belgium where Jerome Grosset-Janin dominated Qualifying and his Semi-final to then go on and finish second behind victor Kevin Hansen, whilst 2015 Euro RX Champion Tommy Rustad suffered a difficult weekend but went on to finish fifth in the Supercar Final.
Both drivers will be joined this weekend by Team Principle Andy Scott who will drive the third Albactec Racing Peugeot this weekend. Scott’s last appearance in Rallycross was his full time entry in the 2015 MSA British Rallycross Championship where he took two wins and went on to finish in second place at the end of the season. The original plan was for all three drivers to contest the full season, however due to a shortage of parts, Scott’s entry has now been delayed until this weekend.
Scott explained his happiness to make his season start at one of his favourite circuits:
“I can’t wait to get back to Norway for my first competitive outing of the year. Hell is one of my favourite tracks so what better place to start my 2016. It’s been an incredibly busy start to the season, competing in British, French and Euro RX, and I was disappointed to miss the opening round but delighted that we’ve now finished the third car, and pleased to be joining Jérôme and Tommy for the next race,” explained Scott.
“The competition in Euro RX is incredibly strong this season, and I’m sure the event will be as competitive as the Belgian round proved to be. With three cars in the Albatec camp in Norway, it would be great to have all three in the Final.”
Tommy Rustad is looking forward to his home event:
“I’m really looking forward to my home event. I love the track, because of the elevation changes with various kinds of corners and I like the high speed entry to the joker lap. It’s also nice to have good support on the sidelines, which gives me extra motivation. I had a fantastic weekend here last year, and I will do everything I can to repeat it this year,” explained Rustad.
“We had a good test at Gardermoen Rallycross track this week, where I made a couple of practice starts, so I feel more confident now and am sure the starts will be much better this weekend. Every time I get in to the car I feel more confident and I am sure we will continue to get stronger for every race. This year’s championship is more competitive, there are more cars and stronger teams in Euro RX this season, as a result of development from World championship teams.”
Jerome Grosset-Janin is determined to take his first win of the season:
“I’m looking forward to getting back to race action this weekend. For me Hell is one the most difficult tracks on the calendar, and one which is the most representative of RX tracks. It’s important to have a good strategy there, and the joker and first corner can actually remove some of the pressure. I’ve always had a good feeling there and was actually fifth fastest overall in qualifying in 2014,” explained Grosset-Janin.
“We just need to be consistent across all the elements; drivers, car and the team and if we have all this together we can perform well. The competition in Euro RX this year is much greater than last year, with around 6-8 drivers all capable of winning, but the tighter the level, the higher the pleasure!”