ALBATEC AND ANDY SCOTT TARGET ‘MAGIC WEEKEND’ IN HOLJES
Albatec Racing and Andy Scott are set to make a welcome return to Sweden in round three of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at the Höljes Motorstadion this weekend (1 July). The high-speed track is a firm favorite of the Albatec Team Principal, who will drive his Motis/Rock Oil/Teng Tools supported Peugeot 208RX Supercar in front of an anticipated 50,000 enthusiastic fans.
“I’m very excited to be returning to Höljes," said Scott. "It’s arguably the best driving experience circuit on the calendar and I’m very much looking forward to racing there again. It will be good to see how we compare against the strong level of competition in Euro RX. I’ve won races there before, and when you win it’s like you’ve won the final, the support from the locals is amazing. Add to that the incredible atmosphere with tens of thousands of fans camping out in the forest, it’s truly like running a race meeting at a rock festival.“It’s a track where you have to work hard at every corner to be competitive, with many different elements to take into consideration. Not only is there a good combination of corners, there’s also a blind crest and some adverse camber to consider, so all in all, it’s a track that has everything.” The event will mark Andy’s first appearance at the event since 2016 and is his all-time favourite, and one on which he has had previous success. Last time out Andy comfortably qualified for the semi-finals with consistent top ten performances across the qualifying races, and a scintillating pace in the fourth where he set the fourth fastest overall time. His semi-final was brought to an abrupt halt however after contact with team-mate Tommy Rustad on the opening lap pitched Andy into a roll, and instant retirement. Throughout the weekend changeable weather conditions also added to the challenge however he once again showed his class which he’s determined to convert into solid results this year. The 1.21km track is located deep in the forests of Sweden’s Värmland region and is a popular event on the rallycross calendar. Dubbed the ‘Magic Weekend’, the event is also round six of World RX and is held amid a music festival atmosphere where the legion of fans camp out in the forests all week, adding to the party-style theme. Track action for Supercars begins on Friday with practice at 17:00. On Saturday practice continues at 09:30 with the first qualifying races from 11:00 and the second from 14:00. Sunday sees warm-up at 08.30, followed by qualifying three at 09:45 and four from 11:20 before the semi-finals from 14:10 and Final from 15:00. All times CEST. Additional event information is available at www.holjesrx.com and championship information from www.fiaworldrallycross.com