23 February 2014
RX: Villeneuve completes Lydden Hill test
Jacques Villeneuve completes a successful test at Lydden Hill ahead of the 2014 World Rallycross Championship season
Jacques Villeneuve has completed his first proper test in the Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 that he will use for his maiden assault on the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
The former F1 racer completed ten four-lap stints at the wheel of the car during a test at Lydden Hill, giving him the chance to also sample the circuit that will play host to the British round of the championship later in the season.
“To come to Lydden Hill is great,” he said. “It's fast, a real fun track, quite high speed and after testing in Dreux it's great to finally drive on a proper FIA World Rallycross Championship track with a combination of asphalt and graveI. It's a nice track, it's how tracks used to be made, and follows the lay of the land.
“It's been a fun experience working with the team, with Andy who stands out because of his passion for the sport, and in particular the engineers, to get the best out of the 208. You don't rallycross because of the jet set you do it because of the racing, so now I'm really looking forward to going head-to-head with the other drivers in Portugal.”
Team-mate, and Albatec boss, Andy Scott said he was impressed by the way Villeneuve had performed behind the wheel.
“Jacques proved his speed straight of the box during the test in France, but it is vital that he gets as much track time as possible, on different circuits, to help him acclimatise to a world rallycross car,” he said. “We chose Lydden Hill, the home of rallycross in the UK as it is the perfect circuit for this, providing a good mixture of challenges, requiring very fast and precise lines and braking points.
“It was also good for him to drive on a rallycross circuit that's on the world championship schedule as it gives him the chance to experience the whole atmosphere of racing in an amphitheatre circuit. As expected, he 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.”
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