Albatec Racing were made to work hard during the fifth round of the 2016 MSA British Rallycross Championship which took place at Maasmechelen in Belgium as they endured a tough weekend of competition.
James Grint led the charge in the MSA Supercar class as he looked to improve on a difficult weekend at Pembrey. The former British Rally championship driver had a difficult start in Q1 after contact with Mark Flaherty led to mechanical issue which left Grint in 13th place overall. This was further compounded in Q2 as contact with the wall during his race led to a damaged intercooler for the Peugeot 208 RX. After frantic work from the team, Grint showed some excellent speed to go sixth quickest overall, which led to a place in the Semi-Finals. Despite his best efforts, Grint did not manage to qualify for the Supercar Final.
Grint was happy overall with his performance from the weekend, “It was certainly an eventful weekend in Belgium and it felt great to be back behind the wheel again, it’s been far too long! We had two bad heats including a hefty crash into a wall in Q2, which caused substantial damage to the front of the car. After a superb job by the team to repair it, we did well to make it into the semis after finishing sixth overall in Q3. I managed to find some decent pace in the end, but unfortunately wasn’t able to get through to the Final.”
Marc Scott sowed that despite a year out of racing he had lost none of his talent as he went fastest in practice in the RX150 class, before going fourth fastest overall in Q1. Scott suffered suspension damage in Q2 but he bounced back in Q3 to go second fastest which allowed him a spot in the Final alongside rival Chrissy Palmer.
The former double champion would chase home Palmer in the Final to finish in second place and declared himself happy with his weekends work, “It was great to be back racing after such a long time away and I’m pretty happy with my pace right from the start and the results we achieved. In the Final Chrissy was just on it, he’s obviously been racing all year and has that much more track time under his belt, but overall I’m happy I was able to keep with him and not lose too much time at the flag.”
Team Principle Andy Scott reflected on a weekend that was both rewarding and difficult for the Dumfries-based team, “It’s been a very disappointing weekend for James after the promise of a good result following his practice performance. The team worked hard to repair his badly damaged car in time for Q3, in which he drove well to put him in a semi-final position. It was great to have Marc back with us and despite not racing since Croft last year he demonstrated the form that earned him back-to-back titles so I’m happy to leave Belgium with a podium finish.”
The next round of British RX competition takes place at Lydden Hill on 29th August.