WOOTTON, England – Jacques has begun preparations for his 2014 campaign in the all-new FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, testing his Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 at Lydden Hill over the weekend.
Villeneuve, a former Formula One world champion, Indianapolis 500 winner and IndyCar Series star, completed 40 laps round the home of British rallycross, vital seat-time to perfect the car’s set-up.
After a debut run in the team’s Supercar in France last month, Villeneuve joined British Rallycross Championship teams for the one-day test at Lydden Hill in Kent. Once a power steering issue early in the day was resolved, the car ran faultlessly completing around 45 miles, with Villeneuve immediately setting an impressive pace.
“It’s been a fun experience working with the team, with Andy Scott who stands out because of his passion for the sport, and in particular the engineers, to get the best out of the 208,” Villeneuve said. “I’m really looking forward to going head-to-head with the other drivers in Portugal.”
Martin Anayi, managing director of World RX for IMG Motorsport spoke about the test.
“I’m pleased to hear that Jacques Villeneuve and the Albatec team had a successful test at Lydden, which will form round two of this year’s Championship,” said Anayi. “Hopefully this will set a precedent for the remainder of the season which has all the ingredients in place for a memorable inaugural year. Since Jacques confirmed his World RX plans for 2014 earlier this month, we’ve received some fantastic coverage for our championship from media across the globe.”
Andy Scott, team principal at Albatec Racing was delighted with his new team-mate’s performance behind the wheel of the 600bhp Peugeot 208.
“As expected, Villeneuve was immediately fast once we’d addressed the power steering issue this morning, and just got quicker and quicker as the day progressed. We will test again before the season starts, but where and when has not yet been decided,” Scott said.