The inaugural 308 Racing Cup was dominated by Julien BRICHE who collected seven wins and four other podium finishes from 12 starts. However, despite enjoying success at all the venues visited up to and including Magny-Cours, he failed to notch up a victory at Circuit Paul Ricard.
•Both races in the south of France were won by Jimmy CLAIRET who added to his earlier victories at Dijon and Magny-Cours to come third in the final overall standings. And to prove that PEUGEOT SPORT’s approach to its customer competition activities is often a family affair, he was joined on the year’s final podium by his younger brother Teddy CLAIRET who came a brilliant second.
•17-year old Maxime POTTY made an impact by earning a front-row start for Sunday’s dice followed by a top-four placing, his best result of the campaign. Teddy CLAIRET – who was already sure of 2017’s Junior honours – took both wins in the class, in addition to finishing twice on the overall podium.
•Denis GIBAUD crowned his strong end to the season in highly satisfying style by securing the inaugural 308 Racing Cup’s Gentleman Drivers’ prize with two class victories at Circuit Paul Ricard.
Bruno Famin (Director, Peugeot Sport):
“This first 308 Racing Cup has been a real success. We were extremely pleased to see the grids get bigger round after round and the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup lived up every bit to our expectations in terms of the performance, reliability, level playing field and driving enjoyment it ensured. The races themselves delivered plenty of exciting action in every class. We are proud to have succeeded in providing a car and a competitive framework that gave drivers of all ages and levels of experience a chance to indulge their passion at the wheel of a Peugeot. We have every confidence that the 2018 308 Racing Cup will feature even bigger grids. The same prizes will be up for grabs and the calendar will be extended with the addition of Barcelona.”
Julien Briché, (JSB Compétition) – 1st, 2017 308 RACING CUP:
“Along with my team, we finished on the podium at every meeting. Sure, it would have been nice to have ended the year with a win but I faced some stiff competition from Jimmy and Teddy for whom I have a great deal of respect. They both made good progress over the season. I am proud to have won the opportunity to race as a works Peugeot Sport driver. I can’t wait to drive the new PEUGEOT 308 TCR.”
Teddy Clairet (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) – 1st Junior class:
“I had a good season. Along with my brother, we were consistently competitive, with several top-three finishes and a number of one-two results to show for our efforts. I’m thrilled to have bagged the Junior title. We lacked a little experience over the year, especially at Spa-Francorchamps, but we finished strongly. The only thing I failed to achieve was an outright victory. I learnt a great deal during 2017 and I’m really looking forward to contesting a TCR race, at Spa, with Denis Gibaud next year.”
Denis Gibaud (Milan Compétition) – 1st Gentleman Driver class:
“My season didn’t get off to the best of starts. I wasn’t competitive at Nogaro, then I was overly cautious at Pau. I had problems at Dijon where I also picked up a drive-through penalty, and I missed Spa. Things went better at Magny-Cours, though, and I won both races at Circuit Paul Ricard to clinch the title. I’m really pleased with the outcome which is a great reward for all the hard work put in over the year.”
HOW THE WEEKEND UNFOLDED…
•Julien Briché (JSB Compétition) topped both Friday’s free practice sessions and was the only driver to lap in under 2m20s. Teddy Clairet (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) and Jimmy Clairet (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) were next in the order, split by just three-thousandths of a second, followed by Julien Gilbert (Malti Compétition) and David Pouget (GPA Racing).
•Saturday morning saw Junior driver Teddy Clairet post the best time of the first qualifying session, pursued by Julien Gilbert, Jimmy Clairet and Xavier Fouineau (JSB Compétition). The top six was rounded out by fellow Juniors Amaury Richard (GPA Racing) and Maxime Potty (JSB Compétition). Julien Briché was eighth.
•On the opening lap of Race 1, Jimmy Clairet leapt into the lead from third on the grid, while his brother Teddy tucked in just behind. Julien Briché moved up from eighth to sixth spot on Lap 1 and continued to make up ground to appear in third place and put pressure on the Clairet brothers by Lap 3. Jimmy went on to take the win ahead of Teddy and Julien Briché who were split by less than seven tenths at the flag. Julien Gilbert, Xavier Fouineau, Nicolas Milan (Milan Compétition) and David Pouget rounded out the day’s top seven. Amaury Richard and Maxime Potty joined in the Junior class’s podium festivities and Denis Gibaud (Milan Compétition) won the Gentleman Drivers’ fight.
•On Sunday morning, Julien Briché posted a new 308 Racing Cup lap record for Circuit Paul Ricard (2m18. 774s) to claim pole position, ahead of 17-year old Junior Maxime Potty, David Pouget and Amaury Richard. Jimmy and Teddy Clairet qualified on row three.
•The season’s ultimate clash saw Julien Briché get away to the best start, chased by Maxime Potty, Jimmy Clairet and Teddy Clairet. Frédéric Caprasse (JSB Compétition) span on the opening lap and re-joined at the back of the field. Jimmy Clairet found a way past Maxime Potty, imitated soon afterwards by his brother. On the last lap, he succeeded in overtaking Julien Briché to win both races at Circuit Paul Ricard. Julien Briché and Teddy Clairet also took part in the podium celebrations. Maxime Potty ended up fifth, ahead of Nicolas Milan, and Julien Gilbert and David Pouget. Victory in the Gentleman Driver class enabled Denis Gibaud to clinch the title.
RACE RESULTS AT CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD (ROUND 6 of 6)
Race 1: J. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport), 11 laps. T. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) (J), +0.421s. J. BRICHE (JSB Compétition), +0.627s. J. GILBERT (Malti Compétition) +3.267s. X. FOUINEAU (JSB Compétition), +3.678s. Etc.
Race 2: J. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport), 12 laps. J. BRICHE (JSB Compétition), +1.781s. T. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) (J), +1.946s. M. POTTY (JSB Compétition), +2.144s. N. MILAN (Milan Compétition), +13.176s. J. GILBERT (Malti Compétition), +4.767s. Etc.
FINAL 308 RACING CUP STANDINGS (AFTER 6 ROUNDS)
Overall: J. BRICHE (208 points). T. CLAIRET (144). J. CLAIRET (136). N. MILAN (78). G. PALETOU (71). Etc.
Junior: T. CLAIRET (144 points). G. PALETOU (71). M. POTTY (58). A. RICHARD (56). M. BOULIN (5). Etc.
Gentleman Drivers: D. GIBAUD (16 points). C. JAQUILLARD (10). T. BOYER (9). R. VILLANUEVA (8).
Teams: Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport (305 points). JSB Compétition (283). Milan Compétition (160). GPA Racing (139). Malti Compétition (54). DRM by GPA Racing (28).
Detailed reports from the weekend: http://www.peugeot-sport.com
Selected video footage (from 10:30pm CET): www.youtube.com/peugeotsportofficial/
Entry list and results: www.peugeot-sport.com
PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup technical data: http://www.peugeot-sport.com/fr/308-racing-cup-voiture/
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