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Albatec All Out To Secure Semi Final Place In Sweden
Posted by: newsla on Jul 06, 2014 - 06:06 AM
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Albatec All Out To Secure Semi Final Place In Sweden


Albatec Racing will pull out all the stops in tomorrow’s final two qualifying heats in World RX Of Sweden as it bids to take a semi final position with former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve. Jacques faces an uphill struggle after broken suspension sustained in a first lap incident caused a right front puncture to his two-litre, 16v Peugeot 208 in heat two, however the Indy 500 winner has vowed to give it everything he’s got to net a fast overall heat win tomorrow in his attempt to qualify for round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Höljes.

 

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A solid run in the opening four-lap heat put the 1995 Indycar World Series Champion 15th fastest of the 38 runners and a great start to the second saw the French-Canadian challenging for the lead going into turn one. Running second, heavy contact with Andreas Bakkerud while looking to pass the Norwegian broke the Peugeot’s suspension, however it was a few corners later that the compression strut broke, piercing the tyre, and leaving Jacques to limp home in fifth.

The incident was particularly unfortunate as the heat, race six of eight, was the second fastest overall with heat winner Sebastian Ericksson’s race time less than three seconds off the fastest time. Had Jacques escaped damage in the early stages, his position would doubtless have elevated him up the order, and put the Lochfoot team in a stronger position ahead of tomorrow’s two final qualifiers.

Sunday’s track action begins with an hour-long warm-up at 08.45, followed by two further heats, which get underway from 10.00 and 12.30. The semi finals and finals for support races are due to start at approximately 15.30. Additional event information is available at www.rallycrossrx.com

Andy Scott, Team Principal, Albatec Racing:

“We came here with high expectations of a good result so it’s naturally very disappointing to be heading into the second day where we are after so much promise. We had two good days testing here last month, but we have been unable to transfer that into times today, however I am confident that Jacques has the potential to reach the semi finals..

“Although there was quite a bit of damage, the team has worked to fix it, and we’ll be back out determined to give Jacques the best possible chance of progressing.”

Jacques Villeneuve, Driver, Albatec Racing #25:

“It’s going to be very tough to qualify tomorrow after today’s results however as always I’ll give it my best shot. I’m not sure we’re quick enough to win a heat outright, however if we can have two quick, and more importantly clean races then we stand half a chance.

“It’s just disappointing that once again a good start in heat two could not be converted into a good result, and it’s particularly frustrating to see the overall times of that race be so quick, as without the contact I could have been running up there with the leaders and potentially got a good time myself.”


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