The 2017 Peugeot 308 Racing Cup is poised for a weekend of exceptional action as it crosses the French border for the only time this season to visit Belgium’s Spa- Francorchamps. In addition to taking place at one of the world’s finest circuits, the competition’s seventh and eighth races will serve as curtain-raisers to the legendary 24 Hours of Spa.
♦ Over the years, this fast, selective and picturesque circuit has provided the backdrop to some of motor racing’s most glorious moments.
♦ With a score of four wins from six races to his name so far, Julien Briché kicks off the second half of the season at the top of the provisional standings, chased by Juniors Teddy Clairet and Gaëtan Paletou.
♦ Amaury Richard, Matthieu de Robiano and Maxime Potty will all be on home turf at Spa-Francorchamps.
♦ 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.
Laurent Guyot (Customer Competition Manager, PEUGEOT SPORT)
“After a great start to the season, this weekend takes drivers and teams to the place where the 308 Racing Cup made its first public appearance. This time round, a grid of 19 Peugeots, including three driven by Belgians who are registered for the Cup, will contest two curtain-raiser races ahead of the famous 24 Hours of Spa. The battle promises to be extremely fierce therefore because the others will obviously be keen to prevent this trio from taking the spoils on home soil! We have a car entered in the TCR Benelux Series which won twice last weekend in the hands of Aurélien Comte.”
THE 308 RACING CUP FIELD AT SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS
308 horsepower for a legendary circuit
It was a little more than a year ago that the 308 Racing Cup made its first public appearance within the framework of the TCR International Series clash at Spa-Francorchamps as part of its development programme. This time, a field of 19 cars will be at the Belgian venue for the weekend’s two races. For the 308 Racing Cup drivers themselves, this one-off trip outside of France will allow them to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the 24 Hours of Spa, a classic that Peugeot has won three times: in 1926 (with a 174S) and, more recently, in 1999 and 2000 (306 GTi).
After claiming victories at all the circuits visited since the start of the season, Julien Briché (JSB Compétition) tops the provisional order with a cushion of 25 points, which is more than the score awarded for a single race win (22 points). His closest chasers are currently two Juniors, namely Teddy Clairet (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) and Gaëtan Paletou (Milan Compétition).
All the races so far have been very open affairs and the likes of Nicolas Milan (Milan Compétition), whose speed has escaped nobody, Dijon winner Jimmy Clairet (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport), and David Pouget (GPA Racing), who is still hunting for his first 308 Racing Cup win after an unbeaten run in the 208 Racing Cup, all stand out as potential victors.
The provisional top nine includes numerous other likely protagonists in Belgium, including Xavier Guyonnet (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport), Amaury Richard (GPA Racing) and Xavier Fouineau (JSB Compétition).
Two Juniors with rosy futures
With a tally of five podium finishes from six starts so far for Teddy Clairet, and a race win for Gaëtan Paletou, the competition’s top Juniors are clearly on form and have even emerged as challengers for the inaugural 308 Racing Cup crown. In the Junior classification, Teddy Clairet is just 13 points safe of Gaëtan Paletou, while Amaury Richard and Belgium’s Maxime Potty showcased their determination to take the battle to the top two at Pau and Dijon respectively.
Denis Gibaud, the Gentleman Driver to beat
DID YOU KNOW? PEUGEOT WINS AT SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS...
2011: Peugeot 908 HDi FAP / 1,000km of Spa-Francorchamps (Le Mans Series)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
2017 308 Racing Cup entry list and classifications: www.peugeot-sport.com
PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup technical data: http://www.peugeot-sport.com/fr/308-racing-cup-voiture/
3 Denis Gibaud (G) / Milan Compétition
4 Julien Briché / JSB Compétition
5 Matthieu De Robiano / DRM by GPA Racing
7 Xavier Fouineau / JSB Compétition
11 Xavier Guyonnet / Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport
15 David Pouget / GPA Racing
20 Teddy Clairet (J) / Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport
21 Jimmy Clairet / Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport
23 Amaury Richard (J) / GPA Racing
26 Nicolas Milan / Milan Compétition
29 Thierry Boyer (G) / GPA Racing
44 Julien Gilbert / Malti Compétition
54 Sylvain Pussier / Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport
55 Christian Jaquillard (G) / JSB Compétition
64 Gaëtan Paletou (J) / Milan Compétition
81 Stéphane Ventaja / Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport
88 Maxime Potty (J) / JSB Compétition
- TBA Milan Compétition
- TBA GPA Racing
FORMAT AND REGULATIONS
Two qualifying sessions / Two races at each round
Two sealed engines for the season /Four new tyres for each round
Junior classification (maximum age 25 in the year) / Gentleman Driver classification (over 45 in the year)
Top 10 finishers score points / Pole: 1 point / Fastest race lap: 1 point / The two least good results to be deducted at the end of the year