Albatec Racing’s Jacques Villeneuve is well placed to qualify for tomorrow’s World RX event of Finland after another strong pace in the opening two heats puts him joint 12th in the intermediate standings.
The fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, held at the stunning Kouvola track, saw the former F1 World Champion power his two-litre, 16v Albatec Peugeot 208 to second place and the 13th fastest overall race time in heat one.
In the second round of heats held in changeable conditions, the Canadian took fourth, and a respectable race time, however as track conditions improved the subsequent heat times tumbled, pushing the Indy 500 winner back to 14th.
The joint results are enough to see him in joint 12th place though, with the results of tomorrow’s two final heats helping to determine the final grid line-up for the two six-car semi finals.
|Jacques Villeneuve (Photo: Toni Ollikainen / Tonigraphs.com)|
"This Kouvola track is great," said Villeneuve.
"Unfortunately we didn’t get the best results from the two heats and so that’s a little frustrating. The car is good, there are no major problems there, we just need to get better starts and find an easier way to get past the slower cars out there.
"Lying joints 12th overnight means we need another two clean, strong races tomorrow, but the car is quick, so I’m confident we can move up the order and progress to the finals."