Rus­tad lauds con­ti­nu­ity for Eurorx

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For­mer FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Tommy Rus­tad has been re-signed by Bri­tish team Al­batec Rac­ing for an­other at­tack at the crown in 2017.

The ex-bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship In­de­pen­dents Tro­phy run­ner will drive a Peugeot 208 Su­per­car in the squad for the sec­ond year in a row.

Rus­tad won the Euro RX ti­tle in 2015 driv­ing a Volk­swa­gen Polo, but switched to Al­batec for last sea­son and won the fi­nal round of the se­ries in Latvia. He fin­ished fourth over­all in the stand­ings.

“I’m de­lighted to be stay­ing with Al­batec for 2017 in what prom­ises to be a very ex­cit­ing Euro­pean se­ries on some of the best ral­ly­cross tracks,” said Rus­tad, who will part­ner Fin­nish teenager Jere Kal­liokoski in the team.

“The last round vic­tory in Latvia last year showed that we are now in a strong po­si­tion and I’m con­fi­dent that now with a full sea­son be­hind me we can start the year as a se­ri­ous con­tender for the ti­tle. Con­ti­nu­ity is very im­por­tant; we’ve al­ready built a very good, strong re­la­tion­ship across the en­tire team, and I’m pleased to be able to take that through into 2017.”

The Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship runs at five rounds of FIA World Ral­ly­cross this year. Those events are in Spain, Nor­way, Swe­den, France and Latvia.

Rus­tad has re­joined Al­batec for Euro chal­lenge

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