SCOTT KICK­STARTS EURO AS­SAULT

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge Photos: Colin Casser­ley, Hal Ridge

Al­batec Rac­ing team owner Andy Scott will re­turn to the driv­ing seat when he con­tests this week­end’s round of the FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in Hell, Nor­way.

De­spite the squad run­ning 2015 ti­tle ri­vals Jerome Gros­set-Janin and Tommy Rus­tad at the open­ing round of the series in Bel­gium last month, Scott missed out on the event due to a sup­ply of parts is­sue for the team’s third Peu­geot 208.

“I can’t wait to get back for my first com­pet­i­tive out­ing of the year. Hell is one of my favourite tracks so what bet­ter place to start my 2016 cam­paign,” said Scott. “It’s been a busy start to the sea­son for the team, com­pet­ing in Bri­tish, French and Euro­pean cham­pi­onships, and I was dis­ap­pointed to miss the open­ing round but de­lighted that we’ve now fin­ished the third car.

“With three cars in the Al­batec camp in Nor­way, it would be great to have all three in the fi­nal.”

Also mak­ing his first Euro­pean ap­pear­ance of the sea­son at the event will be for­mer Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Ol­lie O’dono­van, who will race the Ford Fi­esta Su­per­car he used in 2015, the car hav­ing un­der­gone a full re­build fol­low­ing a sub­stan­tial roll at the fi­nal round of the Euro­pean series in Italy last sea­son.

O’dono­van be­came the first Ir­ish driver to ever make a Euro­pean cham­pi­onship Su­per­car fi­nal when he took part in Nor­way last year.

Scott will re­turn for Nor­we­gian round

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