For­mer rally man signs a deal to race for Al­batec con­cern

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James Grint will con­test the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship Supercar cat­e­gory this sea­son in an Al­batec Rac­ing Peu­geot 208.

Ex-rally driver Grint made his Supercar de­but for the squad in the Bri­tish se­ries last sea­son, be­fore step­ping up to the Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship, qual­i­fy­ing for the semi-fi­nals three times.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to be stay­ing with Al­batec in 2016,” said Grint. “I’ve known the team for a while now and I’ve got two amaz­ing me­chan­ics, who I get on very well with. My en­gi­neer, Gra­ham Moore, is also in­cred­i­bly clever, he’s en­gi­neered cars for some of the big­gest names in mo­tor­sport.”

The 25-year-old Grint ac­cepts that he is lack­ing in ex­pe­ri­ence com­pared to some of his ri­vals in Bri­tish RX, but thinks he can fight for the ti­tle in 2016.

“Al­though I’m still a rel­a­tive new­comer to ral­ly­cross com­pared to some of the Supercar driv­ers in Bri­tain, with the Al­batec car be­ing as fast as it is, I should be a cham­pi­onship con­tender for sure,” said Grint.

“It looks like the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship will be very fair and pro­fes­sional this sea­son, and bring­ing it into line with the for­mat of World RX is cer­tainly a good thing.”

Al­batec team prin­ci­pal Andy Scott, who has yet to an­nounce his own driv­ing plans for the up­com­ing sea­son, has wel­comed Grint’s de­ci­sion to con­tinue with his squad.

“There is no doubt that con­sis­tency is im­por­tant for both team and driver, and I’m cer­tain there’s a lot more to come from James,” said Scott.

“He proved last sea­son that he could mix it with the cat­e­gory front-run­ners. His pre­vi­ous rally ex­pe­ri­ence meant he was very quickly up to speed on the gravel as­pect of ral­ly­cross tracks, and he’s done some driv­ing this year which he feels will help him on the Tar­mac sec­tions too.”

Grint will be back in a Peu­geot

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