Rus­tad joins up with Al­batec for Euro bid

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Reign­ing FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pion Tommy Rus­tad will switch from his ti­tle-win­ning Mark­lund Mo­tor­sport Volk­swa­gen Polo to an Al­batec Rac­ing Peu­geot 208 for the se­ries this sea­son.

Last year, Rus­tad won the ti­tle in a fi­nal-round de­cider against French­man Jerome Gros­set-janin, who was driv­ing for the Al­batec team.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Al­batec, which I know is the right team to give me what I need to win the cham­pi­onship again,” said the Nor­we­gian. “I’m sure we can suc­ceed if we do our best to­gether. When I couldn’t join Mark­lund Mo­tor­sport this year it was ob­vi­ous, as our main op­po­si­tion last year, who we should go with.”

The Euro RX cham­pi­onship is run at five of the Euro­pean rounds of World RX.

“From what I’ve seen, I think the Peu­geot 208 will be good at all cir­cuits, and we need to take the best out of the car in all con­di­tions,” said Rus­tad.

“The big­gest chal­lenge will be the high level of com­pe­ti­tion this year. It’s never easy to win a Euro­pean cham­pi­onship, but I’m sure if we work hard, it will not be easy to beat us.”

The Euro­pean con­test starts in Bel­gium on May 14/15.

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