|Jacques Villeneuve in his Peugeot 208 at the Trois-Rivieres|
FIA World Rallycross Championship event.
Photo courtesy Albatec Racing Press Office.
Jacques Villeneuve must have thought his luck had finally turned when he placed in a couple of the preliminary heats for last Friday’s FIA World Rallycross Championship event in Trois-Rivieres. He and his Albatec Racing two-litre 16v Peugeot 208 were performing well for the home crowd.
Villeneuve hoped for an equally good result in the third heat, but his fuel tank came off on a heavy landing, and there wasn’t enough time to fix the car before the final heat. There’s no question that he’s capable of driving Rallycross but his maiden season has been dogged by trouble. At least his partner and team principal Andy Scott made it to the final twelve, but at the end of the day, neither had placed.
Villeneuve said, “It’s a very frustrating end to the weekend after we fought so hard in the opening two heats, to put us sixth. The fuel tank was ripped off over a jump, which has never happened before and although the team worked hard to try and repair the damage in between the heats, there just wasn’t time.
“We’ve been here before, we’ve had some bad luck in other races, but to be running so high in front of my home supporters is particularly disappointing.”
Scott added, “It’s been a tough day, where the quick turnaround between the heats really hurt us. For Jacques with a little bit more time we could have repaired his car so it’s particularly disappointing after such a strong start to the day to put him so high up the standings.
“I’m pleased to have made it into the semis, particularly after the tough final qualifying heat, but in the semi I just didn’t get a good start and I was playing catch-up all the way through. But it’s given us a good feeling as we head into the final five rounds that we’re heading in the right direction.”
Patrick Carpentier fared somewhat better in his race, finishing sixth overall in his first ever RX race. His take on the race? “I can’t explain how happy I am to have made it to the final. Before today my only aim was to reach the semis and to be in the final in front of such an amazing home crowd on my RX debut is more than I could ever have hoped for.”
You win some, you lose some.
[SOURCE: Albatec Racing Press Office, FIA World Rallycross Press Office]