EX F1 DRIVER VITALY PETROV TESTS RX SUPERCAR
The action at Franciacorta in Italy didn’t end for Albatec Racing on Sunday, where it claimed second in the FIA European Rallycross Championship with France’s Jerome Grosset-Janin.
On Monday, while the FIA World Rallycross Championship teams were preparing for their cars and equipment to be loaded into containers and head to Argentina for the final round, Albatec welcomed former Formula One driver Vitaly Petrov to the team, and undertook a day-long test with the Russian star.
Driving the Peugeot 208 Super used by Grosset-Janin this season, Petrov got progressively faster throughout the day, and set competitive lap times, in dry conditions. The 2014 DTM driver is assessing a move to World RX for next season, and is understood to be speaking to a number of the World RX teams. Petrov spent time over the Italy RX weekend in the paddock with Albatec to sample a World RX event atmosphere. “This was my first time at a World Rallycross event. I came just to see how things are for real - it is very cool, and the racing is very close. It’s interesting,” he said. “We have started to discuss next season with different teams. It was my first time driving this type of car, with a lot of horsepower. It was very interesting to drive.”
Albatec Racing has a history of bringing high profile names into top level rallycross, including Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke, Canada’s Jacques Villeneuve and France’s Yvan Muller. The team also tested with Finland’s Mike Salo in 2013. Team principle Andy Scott is targeting progress for Albatec next season.
“If somebody had offered us second place in the European Championship at the start of the year, we probably would have taken it. But, we’re really hungry and we want to come back and win a championship. For sure we’ll have cars in the European Championship next year, maybe with a view to escalating beyond that in 2017. We’ve had to go back, find some performance, get some results and we’ll build on that going forward,” Scott added.
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