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By Lewis Irons
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Rally team roll out supercar

A RALLY driver is taking to the wheel of a new supercar for the first time this weekend at the French Rallycross Championship.

Frenchman Phillipe Maloigne from Dumfries rally group Albatec Racing is heading to Essay in France where he will take the wheel of the team’s #21 Peugeot 208 RX Supercar for the first time in competition.
The Frenchman joined the team for two days testing in Faleyras, France recently, where he completed a number of successful runs ahead of his Albatec debut.
No stranger to the top level of rallycross, having reached the semi-finals twice in his two FIA European Rallycross Championship outings last season, Philippe joins the Albatec team at a track he knows — where a strong qualifying position is key to securing a good result.
Philippe said: “Of course I’m very excited about racing with Albatec this weekend, I know we have one of the highest performing cars, operated by the best technical team.
“The only issue will be to avoid any additional pressure for the driver.”
He added: “The test in Faleyras was very helpful and I learned so many things during the two days with the Euro RX champion and vice champion; what more could I expect from a learning session.
“The engineer’s performance level is amazing, the mechanics are cool and professional, and Andy and Audrey were as always completely involved and I really appreciated that.”
Team Principal Andy Scott said: “I’m delighted to be a part of the prestigious French Rallycross Championship this season.
“Having contested selected events before with Julien Fébreau and Kristian Sohlberg, it’s proved to be a very competitive, and incredibly professional series, and I’m sure the weekend will be equally exciting.”
He added: “Philippe has proved to be a very competent, fast and professional driver and I’m delighted to welcome him into the team and excited to see how he performs this weekend.
“We had a very successful test recently and he acclimatised well, so I’m certain he’ll be competing for a place on the podium.”

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