GRINT TO BID FOR THE BRITISH TITLE
Former rally man signs a deal to race for Albatec concern
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.”