Hubinette Confirms Deal With Scott-Eklund
DALLAS – Scott-Eklund Racing is pleased to confirm the signing of Samuel Hubinette for the remainder of the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship.
Hubinette joined Scott-Eklund Racing on a one-deal drive at the eleventh hour ahead of the opening GRC round at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Crazy Swede only drove the Scott-Eklund Racing Saab 9-3 with ENEOS Motor Oil for the first time in official practice and seeding in North Carolina, yet he seamlessly gelled with both the car and the team.
The two-time Formula Drift Champion and double FD Vice-Champion clearly set-out his series potential by building on his impressive eighth-place qualifying form to seal second in his first GRC heat.
The 2010 X Games bronze medallist then took the team’s first ever heat race win to automatically qualify for the final where he finished fifth, helping to cement a double top-five finish on the team’s debut.
Racing alongside Team Principal and lead driver Andy Scott, the pairing have already proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with this year as they head into the second round at Texas Motor Speedway hunting for Scott-Eklund Racing’s first outright podium.
Hubinette will return to the wheel of his No. 77 Saab 9-3 in practice today ahead of Saturday’s showdown, where competitors will not only be vying for race results but for an all-important place on the grid at the GRC’s flagship event, the X Games June 28-July 1.
“I am stoked to sign with Scott-Eklund Racing for the 2012 GRC season and very proud to bring ENEOS Motor Oil as my partner to the series and the team,” said Hubinette. “To have ENEOS Motor Oil at this level of motorsport, believing in my skills, is just fantastic, while I also have to thank my long-term partners Sparco, MagnaFlow and Replay XD. It’s the start of an exciting new partnership and I look forward to a very successful season.”