DUVAL TO COMPETE AT METTET RX WITH ALBATEC RACING
Belgium’s Francois Duval will contest his home round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship next month.
The former World Rally Championship driver will race an Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 RX Supercar at Mettet, where he qualified for the final 12 months ago and challenged for a podium finish, but was slowed by a puncture.
“I am very happy to drive for Albatec Racing at my home event. Albatec is a serious team; the infrastructure is very good and they are also very sympathetic, which I appreciate a lot. They have shown that they have the motivation. This is a car I very much look forward to discovering and will have my first test in early May,” he said. Duval remains the only Belgian to take victory in the FIA European Rallycross Championship, in 2010. “We will race effectively the same car as Sebastien Loeb, this is great! I have seen the Albatec car in competition and I am very confident that the work they have undertaken over the winter will put us in a strong position to challenge for a good result. It will be the first time ever that I drive a Peugeot, so it's again something new for me. Big thanks to Gordon, Valvoline and Jardipark, without them it would not be possible. I can't wait to race at Mettet!"
The Albatec Racing team enters the event alongside it’s two-car 2017 programme in Euro RX. “I’m delighted to welcome François to Albatec for the Mettet World RX event and very much look forward to working with him,” said team principal, Andy Scott. “François is without doubt a very talented driver, I’ve watched him race successfully in rallycross many times with the highlight being his performance in the European championship in 2010. I’m really pleased to have this opportunity to work with him in Belgium, where he has a fanatical following.”
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