NOGARO (April 16-17): The inaugural round of the PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup, PEUGEOT SPORT’s new single-make racing series which formed part of the SRO-organised Championnat de France des Circuits programme at the 50th anniversary Coupes de Pâques Easter-weekend meeting at Nogaro, was a resounding success.
The fastest drivers in the PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup provided eloquent evidence of the new one-make competition’s level by posting lap times that would have earned them a mid-grid position in GT4. The opening clash of PEUGEOT SPORT’s new series attracted an entry of 17 drivers run by six different teams at Nogaro’s traditional Easter-weekend meeting, and the standard of performance, reliability and driving enjoyment lived up every bit to expectations!
Julien BRICHÉ (JSB Compétition) emerged as the man to beat at the competition’s opener thanks to back-to-back victories. Teddy CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) was twice the best-placed Junior and he even added second overall to his tally in the first race, while Spaniard Rafael VILLANUEVA (Milan Compétition) collected both wins in the Gentleman Drivers’ class.
Laurent GUYOT (Customer Competition Programme Manager, PEUGEOT SPORT):
“There was a grid of 17 cars for this weekend’s two races and all 17 reached the finish! That’s exactly what our target was and we are delighted with the result of the hard work that went into the new PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup. Hats off to Julien BRICHÉ who had the edge over his rivals, and we are also thrilled with the level of our new series which I think will reveal some talented young drivers. The six fastest cars were blanketed by just seven-tenths of a second in the first qualifying session, and that’s highly promising for the rest of the season.”
Julien BRICHÉ (winner of the two 308 Racing Cup races):
“I’m delighted to have topped both qualifying sessions. I got away to two poor starts, but I managed to recover the lead both times. Tyre management was important in order to benefit from good traction over the full duration of each race. We used the basic set-up which was recommended when we took delivery of the car and it worked very well.”
After topping the meeting’s first qualifying session, winning the opening clash and posting the fastest lap during Sunday’s race, Julien BRICHÉ (JSB Compétition) put in a repeat performance on Easter Monday by claiming the second race as well. The 308 Racing Cup’s early pace-setter shrugged off pressure from the two CLAIRET brothers (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) who got away to good starts. Junior runner Teddy CLAIRET completed both races on the podium, beating the experienced David POUGET (GPA Racing) on Sunday, then his younger brother Jimmy the following day. The RCZ Racing Cup champion David POUGET kicked off his 2017 campaign with third and sixth places at Nogaro.
Teddy CLAIRET has lost no time in setting out his stall as a potential overall winner. Strong performances earned him the Junior spoils at the end of both races, ahead of the ex-GT Academy winner Gaëtan PALETOU (Milan Compétition) who has got his 308 Racing Cup programme off to a good start, which means Amaury RICHARD (GPA Racing) and Maxime POTTY (JSB Compétition) face a tough task this season.
Spain’s Rafael VILLANUEVA (Milan Compétition) warded off competition from some of France’s most battle-hardened campaigners to win the Gentleman Driver’s class both times out at Nogaro, while the duel between Denis GIBAUD (Milan Compétition) and Thierry BOYER (GPA Racing) is well and truly back on!
>>> Next round: Grand Prix de Pau meeting (May 20-21).
J. BRICHÉ (JSB Compétition), 19 laps
T. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) (J), +2.952s
D. POUGET (GPA Racing), +3.644s
G. PALETOU (Milan Compétition) (J), +4.019s
N. MILAN (Milan Compétition), +4.592s
J. BRICHÉ (JSB Compétition), 19 laps
J. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport), +1.547s
T. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) (J), +3.400s
G. PALETOU (Milan Compétition) (J), +3.708s
N. MILAN (Milan Compétition), +5.318s. Etc.
J. BRICHÉ 42 points
T. CLAIRET 27 points
J. CLAIRET 20 points
G. PALETOU 20 points
D. POUGET 18 points
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Complete results > www.peugeot-sport.com
2017 calendar > http://www.peugeot-sport.com/discipline/308-racing-cup/
PEUGEOT 308RC technical data > http://www.peugeot-sport.com/fr/308-racing-cup-voiture/
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