Al­batec miss out on fi­nals

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

Al b at e c Rac­ing en­dured a dif­fi­cult week­end at the World RX of Great Britain at Sil­ver­stone.

The Lochfoot-team had been hop­ing for success with British Ral­ly­cross Cham­pion Mark Hig­gins once again be­hind the wheel of the team’s Peu­geot 208 RX Su­per­car.

How­ever, con­tact in Sun­day’s fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing race ended what hope they had of mak­ing it through to the fi­nal.

Te a m prin­ci­pal, Andy Scott, said: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing to have the week­end and our hopes of pro­gress­ing ended with con­tact in the fi­nal race. It was al­ways go­ing to be a tall or­der to re­cover from the dam­age sus­tained in the open­ing two races.

“Mark, as al­ways, drove well, in Q3 par­tic­u­larly with some im­pres­sive pace that net­ted a strong over­all po­si­tion.

“If we could have re­peated that in Q4 we could have had a shot at the fi­nals which was our aim be­fore the week­end. All credit to him and the team for get­ting the car re­paired and ready so quickly.”

Satur­day’s ac­tion started badly for Al­batec as Hig­gins suf­fered a bro­ken drive­shaft as he came over a jump on his first prac­tice lap.

The team’s me­chan­ics, as well as stu­dents from the Na­tional Centre for Mo­tor­sport En­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Bolton, did a fine job to re­place it be­fore the sec­ond ses­sion.

How­ever, con­tact with other cars saw Hig­gins suf­fer dam­age in the first qual­i­fy­ing race, leav­ing him 15th over­all on Satur­day night.

He set the ninth fastest over­all time in Sun­day’s first race but was squeezed into the tyre bar­rier in the next race, end­ing his week­end.

Hig­gins said: “We were chas­ing a han­dling is­sue on day one and seemed to be get­ting on top of it for the start of day two.

“Once this was re­solved we seemed to find a lot more pace. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the car and to come back into it at this level with lim­ited prepa­ra­tion was never go­ing to be easy.

“I en­joyed qual­i­fy­ing three and it’s been great be­ing back in the car and with the team.

“With a lit­tle bit more time and prepa­ra­tion, let’s hope for bet­ter things next time out.”

Flying high Mark Hig­gins at the World RX of Great Britain at Sil­ver­stone

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