PEUGEOT 208 based PEUGEOT 208 R2, competed in round 4 of 2016 Japanese Rally Championship, "Ganbarou! Fukushima MSCC Rally 2016 ". The 208 R2 was running the second in its class from beginning of the rally and move up to be leader in the second day which brought the machine its second victory in a row after its maiden win in last round in Wakasa Rally. As the result of this victory, 208 R2 driver Hiroshi Yanagisawa is now leading the JN5 class in Drivers Championship.
The event was held as two days events with taking place from 11-12 June, hosted at Tanakura-town, Higashi-shirakawa region in Fukushima prefecture. RALLY PLUS CUSCO RACING RALLY TEAM’s driver Hiroshi Yanagisawa in Peugeot 208 R2, competed in JN5 class. In the first day of the competition, he was running in second in the class. By the end of the day, he was getting close to the class leader much, and moved up to the first position in early part of the second day. Although the battle for the class victory was getting fiercer, Yanagisawa and his 208 R2 overwhelmed the rival and clinch the second consecutive victory.
Hiroshi YANAGISAWA: PEUGEOT 208 R2, RALLY PLUS CUSCO RACING RALLY TEAM (Win in JN5 class)
As I was not able to make better time in early part of the first day, I was concentrated harder for the afternoon loop. To be honest, I was thinking that it would be quite difficult to close the gap of 20 seconds, however, I was able to making up eventually. I think it turned things in right way for us. I was quite sure that the first stage of day 2 would be the key, so I pushed really hard to shrink the gap. I moved up to the top in following stage, but the battle with my nearest rival was still continuing. However, I extended lead in later part of stages that I was really well and was able to made the second victory in a row. On this rally, I think we were able to gather a lot of useful data for rest of gravel rally such as setting for the speed close to the limit. For next rally in Rally Toya, I will try to get another win with using most performance of nimble 208 R2.
Final positions – Round 4 (Fukushima, Fukushima pref.) – 11-12 June
JN5 / 1st: H.YANAGISAWA / N.KASE (PEUGEOT 208 R2) 1:08:00.6
JN5 / 2nd: M.SEKINE / N.KOSAKA (DS 3 R3-MAX) 1:08:05.5
JN5 / 3rd: S.OKURA / K.TOYODA (TOYOTA Vitz GRMN Turbo) 1:13:44.1
JAF Japan Rally Championship 2016, JN5 drivers’ standings after 4 rounds
JN5 / 1st: H.YANAGISAWA (PEUGEOT 208 R2) 76.0 points
JN5 / 2nd: S.OKURA (TOYOTA Vitz GRMN Turbo) 75.4 points
JN5 / 3rd: M.SEKINE (DS3 R3 MAX) 44.0 points