After providing plenty of thrilling action as a curtain-raiser event ahead of the 2017 24 Hours of Spa, the 308 Racing Cup is back in France this weekend to showcase the car’s performance potential at another world-class venue, namely Nevers Magny-Cours.
- After scoring wins at all the circuits the competition has visited since the start of the season, Julien BRICHÉ has a ‘match ball’ in hand and could well become the inaugural 308 Racing Cup champion if he succeeds in harvesting two top results this weekend.
- However, his chasers Teddy CLAIRET, Gaetan PALETOU and Nicolas MILAN will be intent on maintaining the suspense until the 2017 308 Racing Cup’s finale at Le Castellet, France. Teddy CLAIRET is also eyeing the Junior crown.
- Nevers Magny-Cours will see two newcomers join the series, namely lady driver Marie BAUS COPPENS and Christian GOURE, both of whom previously competed in Peugeot Sport’s RCZ Racing Cup.
- Actor Tomer SISLEY – who is no stranger to the world of motor racing – will be making his debut in the PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup as a guest of PEUGEOT SPORT.
Laurent GUYOT (Customer Competition Manager, PEUGEOT SPORT)
“The visit to Nevers Magny-Cours will see 308 Racing Cup action resume after the summer recess and could well prove decisive in the fight for the 2017 title. Julien Briché could potentially wrap up the series by Saturday evening if he produces a perfect run and finishes the day 44 points clear of his nearest threat. For this season’s last two meetings, including this weekend’s visit to Nevers Magny-Cours, we will have a grid of 20 cars and their drivers will have a chance to show their skills around two F1-class tracks. That’s a big positive and fulfils the pledges we made ahead of the championship’s inaugural season.”
THE 308 RACING CUP FIELD AT MAGNY COURS
> In hot pursuit of Julien BRICHÉ !
With victories at Nogaro, Pau, Dijon and Spa-Francorchamps to his name already, Julien BRICHÉ (JSB Compétition) travels to Nevers Magny-Cours with a lead of 51 points over his closest threat, who is Junior pace-setter Teddy CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport).
Julien BRICHÉ stands to secure another Peugeot Sport single-make title at Nevers Magny-Cours, to add to his Coupe 206 CC (2002) and Coupe 206 RCC (2005) crowns.
The outcome could even be settled as early as Saturday evening if Julien BRICHÉ takes the day’s win and claims bonus points, as long as Teddy CLAIRET fails to finish in the top five. That’s a scenario we have seen twice previously this year already.
In addition to the battle for title honours, several drivers will above all view the trip to Nevers Magny-Cours as a chance to taste victory.
Their numbers include Jimmy CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport), winner at Dijon, his brother Teddy CLAIRET, who has finished six times on the podium but not yet on the top step, Nicolas MILAN (Milan Compétition) and last year’s RCZ Racing Cup champ David POUGET (GPA Racing) who is only sixth in the provisional 308 Racing Cup standings.
> A new face in contention for Junior podium honours
Teddy CLAIRET has claimed no fewer than five Junior victories to date, compared with two for Gaëtan PALETOU, but both drivers admit they were surprised by the speed of Maxime POTTY (JSB Compétition) at Spa-Francorchamps. Buoyed by his maiden Junior success of the season at his home round, the Belgian has claimed two other top-five finishes so far. Another youngster to watch is Amaury RICHARD (GPA Racing) who was competitive at Pau earlier in the year.
> Denis GIBAUD, the best-placed Gentleman Driver
Christian GOURE is the latest addition to the Gentleman Driver entry, alongside Switzerland’s Christian JAQUILLARD (JSB Compétition), the class’s provisional leader Denis GIBAUD (Milan Compétition) and Thierry BOYER (GPA Racing).
> Attractive end-of-season prizes!
At the end of the season, in addition to earning Peugeot Sport factory status, the winner of the 308 Racing Cup will be presented with a Perfo TCR 2018-specification 308 Racing Cup. The Junior and Gentleman Driver winners will be invited to contest the TCR Benelux race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
ENTRY LIST AND INFORMATION
Friday, September 8: 9:55am and 3:05pm, Free Practice
Saturday, September 9: 10:40am, Qualifying Practice 1 / 4:40pm, Race 1
Sunday, September 10: 10:40am, Qualifying Practice 2 / 5:05pm, Race 2
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after 4 of 6 rounds)
1, Julien BRICHÉ (99 points). 2, Teddy CLAIRET (74) (1st Junior). 3, Gaëtan PALETOU (61). 4, Nicolas MILAN (43). 5, Jimmy CLAIRET (41). 6, David POUGET (40). 7, Xavier GUYONNET (31). 8, Amaury RICHARD (30). 9, Xavier FOUINEAU (25). 10, Maxime POTTY (22). (1st Gentleman Driver: Denis GIBAUD).
Entry list and classifications: www.peugeot-sport.com
PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup technical data: http://www.peugeot-sport.com/fr/308-racing-cup-voiture/