PEUGEOT 208 based PEUGEOT 208 R2, selling by PEUGEOT CITROEN JAPON, competed in round 3 of 2016 Japanese Rally Championship, "Wakasa Rally supported by Sammy". The 208 R2 showed impressive run from the begging of the competition, and lead the rally from start to finish to win the rally. 208 GTi also completed all stages smoothly with finishing in 4th in JN5 class.
The event was taken place from 21-22 May, coast town of the Wakasa bay, Oi town in Fukui prefecture. RALLY PLUS CUSCO RACING RALLY TEAM competed with FIA R2 regulated 208 R2 to JN5 class. Team’s driver Hiroshi Yanagisawa won the first Special Stage in the class and extend the gap with showing formidable speed through the first day of the competition. His speed never beaten even on second day. Yanagisawa eventually increased his lead to 28.1 seconds to his nearest rival in the class and brought Peugeot 208 R2 a maiden victory in Japanese Rally Championship. Meanwhile, Kosuke Murata who made debut rally in Peugeot 208 GTi at the event set impressive times which really close to top drivers in the class. He finished the rally in 4th in the class.
Hiroshi YANAGISAWA / PEUGEOT 208 R2, RALLY PLUS CUSCO RACING RALLY TEAM (Win in JN5 class)
It was really shame to retire in previous round 2, so this time we were really determined to win the rally. I was able to set good time from SS1 and to manage to keep good shape until end of the rally. I didn’t have any trouble in my Peugeot 208 R2 at all, even nothing to worry about tyre wear. It is really encouragement result with many points in my pocket for the fight in rest of the season. I also have no problem to work with my temporary co-driver, Naoki Kase, and I think I was able to show high potential of Peugeot 208 R2 again this time. We are heading to first gravel rally for Peugeot 208 R2 in next round in Fukushima. We plan to have pre-event test bit earlier to make well preparation.
Final positions – Round 3 (Wakasa, Fukui pref.) – 21-22 May
1/ H.YANAGISAWA / N.KASE (PEUGEOT 208 R2) 1:08:48.1
2/ M.SEKINE / N.KOSAKA (DS 3 R3-MAX) 1:09:16.2
3/ S.OKURA / K.TOYODA /KKK.TOYODAFUJIGAMI (TOYOTA Vitz GRMN Turbo) 1:10:26.2
JAF Japan Rally Championship 2016, JN5 drivers’ standings after 3 rounds
1/ S.OKURA / K.TOYOTA (TOYOTA Vitz GRMN Turbo) 59.0 points
2/ H.YANAGISAWA / H.NAKAHARA (PEUGEOT 208 R2) 47.0 points
3/ S.MUTA / N.KASE (PEUGEOT 208 GTi) 38.5 points