As the season draws to a close, Albatec Racing bring in some great results in the Euro, French and British Rallycross championships.
Croft, North Yorkshire, UK - James Grint finishes a great season off with Albatec by securing a sixth place in the final round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship.
Consistently setting times within the top six, and against very strong opposition, Grint has shown his ability to hold his own - even against some of the best drivers the championship has to offer.
The imperfect conditions made it difficult for everyone to find the grip, especially with the 600 hp supercars!
“On Saturday we had a half decent run across the first heat but were held up a little by another driver, in the second I made a couple of mistakes, and the third was pretty average. We managed to get through to the semis and everything was going well for a place in the Final until we had to retire. Across the weekend though the car was great to drive, and our lap times were fast, a decent end to the year.” - James Grint
“I’m delighted for James that he could end his season with a solid result, against a quality field in the British Rallycross Grand Prix. He posted some respectable lap times throughout the weekend, both in the series finale and the Grand Prix, which allowed him to demonstrate his potential. It’s disappointing that we didn’t get the result he deserved on Saturday, but that’s rallycross, sometimes you have good luck other times bad luck.” - Andy Scott, Team Principal
We can't wait until next season to see what James has to offer! Certainly be one to watch.
Lessay, Normandy, France - Albatec's second result of the weekend came from Philippe Maloigne in the final round of the French Rallycross champonship.
Maloigne was showing a great pace throughout all of the qualifying rounds, netting a win in Q1 and fourth fastest overall. Q2 saw his pace increase, allowing him to sit at seventh overall for the final two qualifiers.
Maloigne took the fourth and third in Q3 and Q4 respectively, allowing him to comfortably reach the semis.
Unfortunately in the semis, Philippe made contact with the concrete barrier, bringing an end to his racing for the weekend.
Although an unlucky result after a promising weekend, Philippe managed to secure fourth overall in the championship.
“On a positive note, I was very happy with the car; we had great pace all weekend, the set-up was good, the atmosphere in the team is great, and my confidence and starts are improving all the time. I need to learn from my mistakes, as that will make me stronger for next year.” - Philippe Maloigne
“Unfortunately a small mistake in hitting concrete wall, where there is no room for error, meant his race was over. But it will make him stronger, it’s only his first full season in Supercars and I’ve been very impressed with how he’s handled himself all year, in both dry and difficult wet conditions, against some of the toughest opposition out there. He will I’m sure be a genuine contender for the title next year.” - Andy Scott, Team Principal
Unlucky Philippe, but again, we'll make sure we keep an eye on your results next year.