Villeneuve Returns To WRC Competition
DUMFRIES, Scotland – Round three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy sees former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve reunited with Albatec Racing for World RX of Norway at Lånke.
Returning from an appearance at the Indinanapolis 500, where after a 19-year absence he averaged 230mph a lap to finish a very credible 14th, Jacques will rejoin Team Principal Andy Scott aboard one of the team’s 600-horsepower, two-litre, 16v Peugeot 208 Supercars.
A frustrating start to his rallycross debut in the season-opening Montalegre round in April saw the former Indycar World Series Champion’s weekend not go entirely to plan, but with two days testing planned ahead of the Norwegian event, hopes are high of a strong result for the French-Canadian this weekend. And with a second consecutive semi-final position secured last time out for Andy, the 2011 British Rallycross Vice-Champion heads to the next event determined to make it three in a row.
The Dumfries-based outfit is one of six permanent World RX teams in the new-for-2014, 12 round series, and is currently the highest placed of the British teams, with Andy the leading permanent British driver of the 39-strong field. Heading into the first of three Scandinavian rounds, the team which made its competition debut last April, has its sights set on a repeat of the form that netted a strong pace at last year’s event.
The Hell track situated in northern Norway is one of the most technically challenging and punishing on the 2014 schedule, but also one of the most exciting for drivers and fans alike. With stunning views across the locality Hell, like Lydden Hill, features a first corner joker, and plenty of elevation changes, offering plenty of opportunities for passing around the 1.1-km track.