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VILLENERVES OF STEEL; When you're going from 0-60mph in two seconds flat on mud and gravel you need.. Formula 1 legend Jacques signs for Scottish rallycross team.

Byline: ANDREW MCNAIR reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

FORMER Formula 1 champ Jacques Villeneuve has signed up with a Scottish racing team. The Canadian will be behind the wheel of Albatec's car in the first FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Villeneuve - a veteran of 11 years on the glamorous Grand Prix circuit - was unveiled at the team's factory on the outskirts of Dumfries yesterday.

The 1997 world champ will be driving Albatec's 600 horsepower Peugeot 208 - going from 0 to 60mph in two seconds.

He said: "It's always good to be at the start of something.

"There is also a race in Canada which is quite cool and the cars are amazing - it's not for the faint-hearted.

"For the past six or seven years I have been jumping into different types of cars all the time and getting used to adapting fast so that should make a difference for me."

Villeneuve, 42, admitted he won't spend much time in Scotland - and will miss some races because of TV work.

He added: "For me, there is not much to do at the factory. It all happens at the racetrack, especially after we get going.

"I see this as a learning year and we'll just have to make compromises. The plan is to do more than one year but we are just getting going."

Team principal Andy Scott will drive alongside Villeneuve.

He said: "He's a legend throughout the world. He's an F1 champion - it doesn't get any better.

"More than that, he's a cool guy - and very fast."

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TESTING At wheel of Albatec's Peugeot

EXCITED Ex-champ Jacques is up for challenge

CHAMP Villeneuve, left, raced for Williams

MAKING A SPLASH Villeneuve puts the Peugeot through its paces, rallycross style

IN THE DRIVING SEAT Villeneuve is big motorsport name

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