RGB champ Al­bone steps down

Autosport (UK) - - CONTENTS - JACK BENYON AND GRA­HAM KEILLOH

Two-time RGB cham­pion Billy Al­bone has an­nounced that he will not be rac­ing full-time in 2019, boost­ing the chances of ti­tle run­ner-up Christo­pher We­se­mael, who re­turns for his se­cond year in the series aim­ing to fight for the crown.

Spire GT3S driver Al­bone, who won back-to-back ti­tles in 2017 and

’18, is step­ping back to fo­cus on his busi­ness. “I’ve got too much go­ing on to race full-time this year,” he said. “We have a cou­ple of cars in the C1 Chal­lenge now. We have eight driv­ers signed up, four in each car.

“We’re run­ning a kart­ing team with full fac­tory sup­port in the

Bri­tish cham­pi­onship this year as well. It’s a bit up in the air with what’s go­ing on with kart­ing, so we’re keep­ing our op­tions open.”

We­se­mael grad­u­ated to RGB from kart­ing in 2018, and put his Mit­tell

MC-53 on pole at Don­ing­ton Park in his first-ever ses­sion in a car be­fore the rest of the meet­ing was snowed off.

“We’ll be try­ing to take a cham­pi­onship home,” said We­se­mael. “It’s very im­por­tant to know that the field is very strong. I’m sure there’ll be some new driv­ers who are very fast as well. We just need to keep work­ing really hard.

“We had a few me­chan­i­cal is­sues dur­ing the 2018 sea­son. With­out them a cham­pi­onship chal­lenge def­i­nitely would have been pos­si­ble. With 2018 be­ing a bit of a de­vel­op­ing sea­son, I made a few rookie mis­takes that shouldn’t hap­pen again.”

Al­bone will not race in RGB this year

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