Britain's James Grint has filled the second seat at Albatec Racing as it gears up for a run at the FIA European Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. Grint - the younger brother of actor Rupert - will partner Frenchman Jerome Grosset-Janin at the wheel of a pair of Peugeot 208 RX Supercars in the five-round championship, having previously in the British Rallycross Championship RX150 class last year. He will begin testing his new car within the next few weeks, prior to the first round of Euro RX at Mettet in Belgium in mid-May.

"I'm looking forward to taking on the FIA European Rallycross Championship, and I can't think of a better team than Albatec to take me into Europe for this new and exciting phase of my career," the 24-year old commented, "It's going to be a massive year for me, stepping up in to Supercars, but this is a great opportunity for too. I was lucky enough to test with the team in France last year and now I can't wait to get back behind the wheel of the Albatec Peugeot 208."

Grint moved into rallycross in 2013, completing the year with an impressive debut at the season-closing British Rallycross Grand Prix at Croft, where he powered his RX150 to a maiden outright victory. Last year, he was invited to join former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve and team principal Andy Scott at Dreux, where he immediately impressed the team, and sparked his ambition to compete in one of the team's Supercars.

With a two-car team already confirmed in the MSA British Rallycross Championship, alongside the two-car entry into Euro RX, Albatec Racing will soon reveal its plans for the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

"James did a great job in Dreux last year on only his first time in the car and adapted very quickly to the demands of a 600bhp RX Supercar," Scott confirmed, "I think it was only a matter of time before he became part of the Albatec team and, between him and Jerome, I think we have the perfect combination of drivers. It's great to have both British and European line-ups completed, and we've even more news to follow concerning World RX in the coming weeks."