Albatec and Grint Return to Lydden Looking for Repeat Performance

Dumfries, Scotland (UK) — Friday 26 August, 2016; European, British and French rallycross outfit Albatec Racing and Briton James Grint head to Lydden Hill on Bank Holiday Monday (29 August) for round six of the 2016 MSA British Rallycross Championship in association with Odyssey Battery. The Dumfries-based team and the Kimpton racer return to race action after a lengthy break in the rallycross schedule, which allowed the Peugeot 208 RX Supercar to take pride of place at the recent IGNITION Festival of Motoring in Glasgow, and the Dumfries Motor Show.

Now the team embarks on back-to-back races starting with this weekend’s British RX event, where James looks to repeat his performance of round two at the Kent track. Back in March, the 26 year-old secured a podium position with a spirited drive to third place, and heads into Monday’s race determined to leave with another strong finish.

The British Rallycross Championship celebrated its 40th anniversary last month, with this weekend’s race at the ‘spiritual home of rallycross’ the first since that inaugural event on 25 July 1976.  James will once again go head-to-head with a number of former champions including five-time winner Julian Godfrey, four-time winner Pat Doran and 2007 Champion Ollie O’Donovan among the 13 car entry.

Practice gets underway at 09.00 before Q1, Q2 and Q3, with the semi-finals and finals taking place that afternoon. Admission starts from £15 and accompanied children aged 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

Andy Scott, Team Principal, Albatec Racing:

“We return to Lydden Hill on Bank Holiday Monday looking for a return to the form that allowed James to take a podium finish in round two. He knows the track well and has already proved his potential there, while our Peugeot 208 RX Supercars have proved consistently fast across European, French and British RX and are more than capable of securing a podium finish.
“I have every confidence that James and the team can produce the results.  We just need a good run in the qualifying races to ensure we can convert our race-winning potential into results as we look to move back up the championship standings.”

James Grint, driver Albatec Racing #27:

“I’m excited to be back at Lydden. I know we have the pace to get a result there and with no pressures of salvaging any kind of championship it’s all about the enjoyment now. The car is very quick so we shouldn’t have any worries about making the finals as long as I do a decent job in the qualifying races.

“Lydden is a strange track in a way; it looks very simple but it’s actually a tough circuit to drive! You really need to be the perfect circuit driver on the tarmac and a full-on gravel ace on the loose. I do love firing the car into Paddock Bend and pulling off overtakes around the outside at Chessons Drift and our car is great on the loose so I will put all that traction to good use.”

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