A record field of 21 PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cups will line up at Le Castellet (Paul Ricard), France, for the final meeting of the inaugural 308 Racing Cup. Although Julien BRICHÉ and Teddy CLARET have already sewn up the overall and Junior championships, the fight for the Gentleman Driver crown remains to be settled in the south of France.
•Thanks to a score of 7 victories from 10 races, Julien BRICHÉ sewed up the 2017 title after Round 5 of the 308 Racing Cup at Magny-Cours. He will consequently be able to focus on enjoying himself at the year’s finale at Le Castellet. The Frenchman’s reward for winning the inaugural series is a brand new TCR-spec PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup, along with factory driver status in the colours of PEUGEOT SPORT in 2018.
•Teddy CLAIRET has emerged as the season’s most prolific Junior (under 25) thanks to no fewer than 7 podium finishes. He is also sure of collecting overall silver honours and will be invited to contest the opening clash of the 2018 TCR Benelux series in a PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup TCR along with the winner of the Gentlemen Driver class.
•The best-placed Gentlemen Driver since the year’s midpoint has been Denis GIBAUD, but rivals Thierry BOYER and Christian JAQUILLARD are still in the chase.
QUOTE, UNQUOTE …
Laurent Guyot (Manager, Customer Competition Department, PEUGEOT SPORT)
“The first year of the 308 Racing Cup, PEUGEOT SPORT’s new single-make racing series, draws to a close at Le Castellet. We have every reason to be pleased with the competition’s inaugural season. The cars have delivered great reliability and speed, and we have been treated to plenty of entertaining action, plus an interesting fight for the title! We are also delighted with the turnout, since we have met our target of having more than 20 cars at the last round. Julien BRICHE and Teddy Clairet wrapped up the overall and Junior championships at Magny-Cours but we are looking forward to seeing the Gentleman Drivers title and other battles up and down the order settled this weekend.”
PEUGEOT SPORT RACING FORMULA
From the 208 Racing Cup to TCR action…
•PEUGEOT SPORT organises two circuit racing formula, namely its Rencontres Peugeot Sport meetings (featuring the PEUGEOT 208 Racing Cup) and the PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup-based 308 Racing Cup.
•Within the framework of its Rencontres Peugeot Sport programme, PEUGEOT SPORT provides the winner of the 208 Racing Cup with a new PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup for 2018. The best-placed 208 Racing Cup youngster (under 21) wins a budget of €10,000 to contest the 2018 308 Racing Cup.
•The 308 Racing Cup champion wins a 308 Racing Cup TCR and PEUGEOT SPORT factory driver status. The 2017 308 Racing Cup Junior winner (under 25) gets to pair up with the best-placed Gentleman Driver for a TCR Benelux race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, in a 308 Racing Cup TCR.
Friday, October 13: Free Practice (10:40am and 3:10pm)
Saturday, October 14: Qualifying 1 (10:50am) / Race 1 (5:30pm)
Sunday, October 15: Qualifying 2 (9:00am) / Race 2 (11:50am)
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after 5 of 6 rounds):
1, Julien BRICHÉ (178 points). 2, Teddy CLAIRET (116) (1st Junior). 3, Jimmy CLAIRET (96). 4, Gaëtan PALETOU (71). 5, Nicolas MILAN (64). 6, David POUGET (60). 7, Amaury RICHARD (49). 8, Maxime POTTY (45). 9, Xavier GUYONNET (40). 10, Julien GILBERT (38). Etc.
Points-scoring system: 20/15/12/10/8/6/4/3/2/1, plus one point for pole position and one point for the fastest race lap.
21 ENTRIES FOR PAUL RICARD
N°1: Mathieu SENTIS (VIP), Peugeot Sport / N°3: Denis GIBAUD (G), Milan Compétition / N°4: Julien BRICHÉ, JSB Compétition / N°6: Matthieu DE ROBIANO, DRM by GPA Racing / N°7: Xavier FOUINEAU, JSB Compétition / N°11: Xavier GUYONNET, Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport / N°15: David POUGET, GPA Racing / N°20: Teddy CALIRET (J), Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport / N°21: Jimmy CLAIRET, Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport / N°23: Amaury RICHARD (J), GPA Racing / N°26: Nicolas MILAN, Milan Compétition / N°27: Frédéric CAPRASSE, JSB Compétition / N°29: Thierry BOYER (G), GPA Racing / N°44: Julien GILBERT, Malti Compétition / N°51: Laurent RICHARD (G), GPA Racing / N°54: Sylvain PUSSIER, Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport / N°55: Christian JAQUILLARD (G), JSB Compétition / N°58: Christian GOURE (G), Saintéloc Racing / N°81: Stéphane VENTAJA, Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport / N°88: Maxime POTTY (J), JSB Compétition / TBA: Salim BOUZIANE, Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport.
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Results and live timing: https://www.its-results.com/
PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup – technical data: http://www.peugeot-sport.com/fr/308-racing-cup-voiture/
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