208 RALLY CUP: LAURENT PELLIER MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT!03/04/2017 - 12:07

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Rallye Terre des Causses 2017 (1/7) 31 Mar. - 02 Apr. 2017
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Laurent PELLIER (Easy Rally), who was making his debut appearance in the 208 Rally Cup, made a big mark in his PEUGEOT 208R2 which he steered to victory in the competition at his first attempt. He pocketed three bonus points by claiming the highest number of fastest stage times, helped by a judicious tyre strategy. “It was a superb weekend for me and my first time out in the PEUGEOT 208R2 which is a reliable, really competitive car! Along with my team, we managed to find a fantastic set-up and we also managed our tyre allocation well, keeping two new tyres for the final loop.”

 

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After improving consistently in the course of his first 208 Rally Cup campaign in 2016, Quentin RIBAUD showed that he is likely to be a regular front-runner this time round. A score of three stage wins helped the CHL Sport Auto driver to score overall second position and first junior, and also to appear at the top of the French Rally Championship’s two-wheel drive class. “It was a great way to kick off the season. I am so happy to emerge first in the junior category!”

 

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Indeed, this year and with support from EUROSPORT, Peugeot Sport is introducing a new feature known as the ‘Junior Experience’. The driver who tops the Junior standings at the championship’s midpoint will be treated to three individual coaching sessions for three rounds of the 2017 European Rally Championship (ERC).

 

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Taisko LARIO (CHL Sport Auto) was frequently quick in 2016 and this year he seems to have added consistency to his strengths since he was the third man on Sunday’s podium, ahead of Diogo GAGO (Raceseven) who enjoyed a successful comeback to the French scene.

 

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Belgium’s Guillaume DE MEVIUS (PH Sport), who was one of the pre-start favourites, appeared momentarily in front but was side-lined by an ‘off’ on SS3. François-Xavier BLANC (LTB), who has a habit of going well on the loose, was eliminated by mechanical trouble on the same stage.

 

208 Rally Cup – Event 1 Rallye Terre des Causses (March 31 – April 2)
Rallye Terre des Causses Classification (1/7)*
1. Laurent Pellier - Benoit Neyret-Gigot 1h39m03s4 (meilleur performeur)
2. Quentin Ribaud - Benoit Balme + 12s9
3. Taisko Lario - Sami Ryynänen + 39s7
4. Diogo Gago - Rodolfo Del Barrio + 48s2
5. Efren Llarena - Sea Fernandez + 1m15s2 6. Aki Sahila - Rami Suorsa + 1m51s2
7. Karl Pinheiro - Franck Le Floch + 2m27s4
8. Florentin Bosch - Jean-Paul Lazzarini + 3m27s2
9. Joachim Wagemans - Diederik Pattyn + 3m57s0
10. Sam Taveneau - Clément Point + 4m08s5
11. Sébastien Rambaud - Brice Ricou + 7m08s2
12. Ashley Haigh-Smith - Veronica Engan + 8m24s5
13. Jérémy Jamet - Mickaël Secache + 9m44s0
208 Rally Cup Classification - After Rallye Terre des Causses (1/7)*
1. Laurent Pellier 23 points
2. Quentin Ribaud 15 points
3. Taisko Lario 12 points
4. Diogo Gago 10 points
5. Efren Llarena 8 points 6. Aki Sahila 6 points
7. Karl Pinheiro 4 points 8. Joachim Wagemans 3 points 9. Florentin Bosch 2 points 10. Sam Taveneau 1 point

*Classement subject to the last technicals check and the ‘’FFSA Officials’’ approval

208 RALLY CUP Média Contact : Clément RULLIÈRE - clement.rulliere@orange.fr - +33 6.77.28.55.13
Sport Manager : Jean Marc VINATIER – jeanmarc.vinatier@mpsa.com - +33 6.73.48.43.39

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