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Jacques Villeneuve describes rallycross as ''pure racing''

Rallycross is pure racing.

That is the view of 1997 Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who announced last week he would take part in the new World Rallycross Championship (RallycrossRX).

"(Rallycross) is pure racing back to its roots," the French Canadian told shortly after he signed his deal with Albatec Racing.

"It's not artificial – which I like – and it's rough and tough. It's challenging."

Jacques Villeneuve, Albatec Racing Peugeot 208
Jacques Villeneuve, Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 (Photo:

Villeneuve even compared rallycross with NASCAR, which he has raced on and off since leaving F1 during the 2006 season: "The feeling I got from rallycross was a little bit more of the NASCAR aspect of it.

"It's a family of races where racing is a passion and it's not the politics that come with it. So I like that, that's why I got in to racing in the first place years and years ago."

The 42-year-old even liked the 600-horsepower Peugeot 208 he will drive in the RallycrossRX, which he tested recently.

"(The car) actually drove like a proper race car! That was a positive surprise for me," also quotes him as saying.