Albatec Racing’s Jacques Villeneuve lies just outside the top 12 qualifying positions ahead of today's sixth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy in Belgium.
The former F1 World Champion powered his two litre 16v Albatec Peugeot 208 to second and third places in Saturday morning’s opening heats to place 13th overall in the overnight intermediate standings.
A first corner incident in heat two badly affected the former Indycar World Series Champion’s chances of a strong result, when after making a good start, he was held up by the collision, which cost the French-Canadian a certain top ten position.
|Jacques Villeneuve, Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 (Photo: Albatec Racing)|
A determined drive allowed him to push hard over the remaining three laps, but left him frustrated with the 16th fastest heat two time.
“I struggled to get off the line in both races which is very frustrating, and the team is looking to see if there’s a problem with the turbo. The day hasn’t gone as I’d planned, I’d hoped the track would suit my driving style and offer a more level playing field, however it’s pretty rough out there, and we’re struggling in the rutted area particularly.
“It’s very frustrating to have lost all that time in the second heat too, as we were on for a quick time if I hadn’t got caught up in someone else’s accident. It’s not over yet.”
Making a welcome return to World RX action at the new Circuit Jules Tacheny, was Team Principal Andy Scott.
The 2011 British Rallycross Vice-Champion is currently 20th of the 32 runners and knows that two strong results today are necessary to elevate him in the points standings and allow him to return to the form that netted semi-final slots in the opening two rounds.