Following a two-month summer break, the 208 Rally Cup resumes with next weekend’s Rallye Terre de Lozère - Sud de France which will kick off what promises to be an exciting second half of the season, with the likelihood of a fierce fight for the 2016 title and four events in the space of just three months.
♦ Round 4 of the 208 Rally Cup (Rallye Terre de Lozère - Sud de France) has attracted a bumper entry of 24 crews!
♦ Since the beginning of the year, the Juniors (under 23 years old) have tended to rule the roost, and Pepe Lopez, William Wagner and Jérémie Toedtli currently sit at the top of the points table.
♦ The Terre de Lozère has not figured on a Peugeot Sport single-make championship calendar since 2012. It will therefore be new territory for everyone and a particularly close contest is to be expected.
With four rounds still to come (Lozère, Vosgien, Cardabelles, Var), it will be important to come away with a big points haul this weekend since the remainder of the year is likely to favour the competition’s asphalt experts. The 24 Peugeot 208R2 crews entered for the Rallye Terre de Lozère – Sud de France face a menu of 11 stages totalling 143km, including ‘Le Born’ (23km), one of the event’s traditional highlights.
After winning the Causses and Langres rallies respectively, Pepe Lopez (Sainteloc Racing) and William Wagner (PH Sport) are split by just one point at the top of the order ahead of this weekend’s Mende-based fixture. Both drivers naturally figure amongst the favourites this time round, as does Jérémie Toedtli (CHL Sport Auto) who has made consistent progress since the beginning of the year. Other Juniors to watch are newcomer Quentin Ribaud (CHL Sport Auto) who has scored at every event to date, and the ever-quick Jean-Baptiste Franceschi who has failed to finish the last two fixtures.
Meanwhile, Finnish gravel specialists Aki Sahila (CHL Sport Auto) and Tade Lario (CHL Sport Auto) will be keen to build on the first points they scored just before the summer break, while Guillaume De Ridder (Pit Stop), Guillaume de Mevius (PH Sport), Joachim Wagemans (Triman) and Efren Llarena (Raceseven) all look strong at the moment, too.
Antibes victor Andrea Carella (Power Car Team) will be out to make his mark on dirt and build on his position in the 208 Rally Cup standings. He is currently equal fourth with Nil Solans (Mavisa Sport). Other likely front-runners include Patrick Magnou (Pit Stop), who came second on the Terre de Langres, and Jean-Paul Monnin (JPM Sport Auto), always a strong contender on the loose.
Expect good performances, too, from Thomas Baudoin (Chazel Technologie Course), Yann Clairay (PH Sport), Joël Guerrero (GC Motorsport), Ashley Haigh-Smith (Pit Stop), Alexandre Mollard (PH Sport), Jose Luis Pelaez (Raceseven), Olivier Ramiandrisoa (CHL Sport Auto), Antoine Rocard (PH Sport) and Sam Taveneau (PH Sport) who will all be eager to notch up their first points.
Saturday, August 27
♦ 7:00am: Start of recce loop (Place du Foirail, Mende)
♦ 9:45am: Regroup (Place du Foirail, Mende) (20 minutes)
♦ 10:15am: Service (Hyper U Coeur Lozère, Mende) (25 minutes)
♦ 11:03am: SS1, Ville de Mende (10.4km)
♦ 11:46am: SS2, Le Born (23.0km)
♦ 12:49pm: SS3, Goudard (8.0km)
♦ 1:29pm: Regroup (Place du Foirail, Mende) (30 minutes)
♦ 2:09pm: Service (Hyper U Coeur Lozère, Mende) (45 minutes)
♦ 3:17pm: SS4, Ville de Mende (10.4km)
♦ 4:00pm: SS5, Le Born (23.0km)
♦ 5:03pm: SS6, Goudard (8.0km)
♦ 5:43pm: Service (Hyper U Coeur Lozère, Mende) (45 minutes)
♦ 6:38pm: End of Leg 1 (Place du Foirail, Mende)
Sunday, August 28
♦ 7:00am: Start of recce loop (Place du Foirail, Mende)
♦ 9:22am: Regroup (Place du Foirail, Mende) (20 minutes)
♦ 9:37am: Service (Hyper U Coeur Lozère, Mende) (25 minutes)
♦ 10:30am: SS7, Allenc (14.2km)
♦ 10:58am: SS8, Belvezet (13.5km)
♦ 12:06pm: SS9, Bête du Gévaudan (2.5km)
♦ 12:21pm: Regroup (Place du Foirail, Mende) (30 minutes)
♦ 1:01pm: Service (Hyper U Coeur Lozère, Mende) (45 minutes)
♦ 2:14pm: SS10, Allenc (14.2km)
♦ 2:42pm: SS11, Belvezet (13.5km)
♦ 3:42pm: Finish (Place du Foirail, Mende)
Pepe Lopez / Borja Rozada (SAINTELOC JUNIOR TEAM) – Junior
William Wagner / Antoine Paque (PH SPORT) – Junior
Jérémie Toedtli / Alexandre Chioso (CHL SPORT AUTO) – Junior
Nil Solans / Miquel Ibanez (MAVISA SPORT)
Andrea Carella / Enrico Bracchi (POWER CAR TEAM)
Quentin Ribaud / Benoît Balme (CHL SPORT AUTO) – Junior
Patrick Magnou / Benoît Manzo (PIT STOP)
Jean-Baptiste Franceschi -/Valentin Salmon – Junior
Jean-Paul Monnin / Franck Gilliot (AFC RACING)
Aki Sahila / Rami Suorsa (CHL SPORT AUTO) – Junior
Guillaume De Ridder / François Geerlandt (PIT STOP) – Junior
Guillaume de Mevius / Lois Louka (PH SPORT) – Junior
Taisko Lario / Sami Ryynänen (CHL SPORT AUTO) – Junior
Llarena Efren / Sara Fernandez (RACESEVEN) – Junior
Joachim Wagemans / Andy De Baeremaeker (TRIMAN) – Junior
Yann Clairay / Frédéric Goupil (PH SPORT)
Jose Luis Pelaez Olivares / Enrique Velasco Alonso (RACESEVEN)
Joël Guerrero Seuma / Xevi Moreno Balzquez (GC Motorsport)
Ashley Haigh-Smith / Niall Burns (Pit Stop)
Olivier Ramiandrisoa / Thomas Santiago (SAINTELOC JUNIOR TEAM)
Sam Taveneau / Clément Point (PH SPORT) - Junior
Thomas Baudoin / Arnaud Cubizolles (CHAZEL TECHNOLOGIE COURSE) – Junior
Alexandre Mollard / Nicolas Eymin (PH Sport)
Antoine Rocard / Romain Garel (PH SPORT) – Junior
1, Pepe Lopez (Junior), 41 points. 2, William Wagner (Junior), 40. 3, Jérémie Toedtli (Junior), 24. 4, Nil Solans and Andrea Carella, 22. 6, Quentin Ribaud (Junior), 17. 7, Patrick Magnou, 16. 8, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi (Junior), 15. 9, Emmanuel Gascou, 14. 10, Jean-Paul Monnin, 9. 11, Bruno Riberi, 7. 12, Aki Sahila (Junior) and Stéphane Cosnani, 6. 14, Guillaume De Ridder (Junior), 4. 15, Guillaume De Mevius (Junior) and Tade Lario (Junior), 3. 17, Efren Llarena (Junior), 2. 18, Joachim Wagemans (Junior), 1.
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