A MAY PROGRAMME FOR THE PEUGEOT 308 RACING CUP

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Peugeot Sport Press Release (04/21/2016) – Since it first broke cover last October, PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup has clocked up a high number kilometres on and off the track and this has enabled the development team to gain an in-depth understanding of the new car. A combination of short and longer runs, as well as engine and suspension bench testing has allowed the engineers to fine-tune the new car’s competitive potential. At the end of 2015, it took part in an endurance race in Spain where it posted some very promising lap times.

– Sébastien Loeb Racing to run two PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cups in May

– The cars are scheduled to make three appearances: the TCR meeting at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, and the VLN3 and ETCC races at the Nürburgring, Germany

– The PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup will go on sale on July 9, 2016

Three races in May with Sébastien Loeb Racing

Two PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cups have been entrusted to Sébastien Loeb Racing for a programme of three races in May. These outings will provide Peugeot Sport’s engineers with more experience of the car in the hands of a top team in a competitive environment.
May 5-7: TCR (Spa Francorchamps, Belgium),

May 13-14: VLN3 (Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany),

May 26-28: ETCC (Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany).

 

From the RCZ Racing Cup to the 308 Racing Cup

The France-based single-make RCZ Racing Cup series will serve as an opportunity to earn a drive in the 308 Racing Cup. The driver who tops the provisional RCZ Racing Cup standings after the round at Pau on May 14-15 will be given a chance to compete in the ETCC race in one of the two Sébastien Loeb Racing-run cars.

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Available for sale in July

The PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup will be released for sale on July 9 and interest in the car has been driven by its numerous strengths:

– Bantam weight: maximum 1, 100kg (TCR homologation: 1, 145kg),

– Powerful: 308 horsepower,

– Motorsport electronics,

– Six-speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles

– Vented Ø378x32mm front disc brakes with six-piston calipers,
Solid Ø290x12mm rear disc brakes with single-piston calipers.

PEUGEOT 208 WRXs Show Potential To Work On In Portugal

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Press Release (04/17/2016)  As they began their defence of the FIA World Rallycross Championship crown in the 2016 curtain-raiser at Montalegre in Portugal this weekend, the PEUGEOT 208 WRX Supercars endured a frustrating weekend. Despite being in the mix throughout, Sébastien Loeb was unfortunately unable to convert his potential into the podium in the final.

  • During the first two heat races, competitors had to contend with a heavy downpour, which prevented the PEUGEOT 208 WRX Supercars from fulfilling their evident potential.
  • Peugeot was the sole manufacturer to have three identical cars reach the semi-finals, but only Sébastien Loeb succeeded in progressing on to the final.
  • On his debut in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Loeb confirmed his outstanding adaptability. Having proven a consistent force throughout the heat races, he fought for the podium in the final until a transmission problem restricted him to fifth place at the chequered flag.

Bruno Famin, Director of Peugeot Sport

That was a mixed weekend. The end result clearly did not live up to our expectations, but that does not detract from the fact that we were very much in contention. The competition is extremely close this year, and we need to dig deep to regain the slight edge we had over the opposition over the second half of last season. Even if we have not fallen behind on outright performance, we found ourselves in the middle of the pack at Montalegre. That left us vulnerable to the various incidents that can occur in the races, and there was no shortage of them this weekend!à Podcast

Kenneth Hansen, Team Principal

Sébastien is certainly an impressive ‘rookie’! I didn’t expect that he would take to rallycross as quickly as he has. I’m impressed by the manner in which he approached the whole weekend. On a more general note, I cannot be completely happy with our result in this first round of the season. We struggled a bit in the slippery conditions, when we found it difficult to adapt the car to adequately suit the drivers. When the track was dry, the PEUGEOT 208 WRX was very competitive, but we evidently have work to do to make sure we are ready to take on all eventualities next time.”à Podcast

Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 208 WRX #9), P5

I’ll say one thing – this discipline certainly isn’t easy! You need to be absolutely on top of your game throughout – in every race. I made a few small mistakes – as did most drivers in the tricky conditions – and one of them proved costly in heat four, but I bounced back from that. I had a good semi-final that enabled me to make it into the final, which was far from a foregone conclusion at the beginning of the weekend. Unfortunately, a transmission issue meant I had to back off just when the podium was within sight. I love the whole rallycross atmosphere; the car is extremely powerful and a lot of fun to drive, and it was fantastic to see so many spectators cheering us all on.” à Podcast

Timmy Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX #21)

“Everything that could go wrong this weekend did! We started off on the back foot when the heat races went badly, but even though we weren’t as dominant as last year, our performance was still reasonably good. At the beginning of the semi-final, the track was dirty on the inside where I was, which affected my braking ability. I hit Mattias Ekström, for which I apologised, and that was the end of my weekend. That meant we scored very few championship points in Portugal, which was far from the best way to kick off the new season.”

Davy Jeanney (PEUGEOT 208 WRX #17)

“I’m leaving Montalegre in a positive frame of mind. Our weekend didn’t get off to the best of starts; the car wasn’t entirely to my liking to begin with, which meant I struggled for form. We worked hard to turn things around, though, and that allowed us to successfully qualify for the semi-final. I settled into a strong rhythm and really enjoyed myself, but the race unfortunately didn’t go to plan. Another car got sideways in front of me, which blocked my path and prevented me from attacking for third place and with it a spot in the final.”

 

Header photo credit:  Peugeot Media

 

PATRIK SANDELL AND KOBALT TOOLS CONFIRMED FOR SECOND SEASON

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PRESS RELEASE, INDIANAPOLIS (April 7, 2016)  – Red Bull Global Rallycross veteran driver Patrik Sandell will pilot the No. 18 Kobalt Tools Ford for a second season for Bryan Herta Rallysport. The Lowe’s-exclusive tool brand will return to the team as primary sponsor for the first seven races of the 2016 RBGRC Series.

“I am very excited to be back with Bryan Herta Rallysport. Last season was a really good first year for us.  It was a good learning experience and we really came together as a great team,” said Sandell. “Kobalt has been a great supporter of my career since I started this series four years ago and I am very excited to have them on board with us again this year.” Read more

Red Bull Global Rallycross Returns to Daytona International Speedway June 17-19

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Press release (04/14/2016)  –  The high-intensity action of Red Bull Global Rallycross returns to Daytona International Speedway for the third straight year, June 17-19. The series comes to the “World Center of Racing” for a doubleheader that will make up Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2016 season.

“We’re excited to have Red Bull Global Rallycross return to Daytona International Speedway,” said DIS President Joie Chitwood III. “This is a unique event with an international field of drivers and gives our fans the opportunity to experience yet another thrilling form of racing here at the Speedway.”

The challenging Red Bull GRC asphalt and dirt course is set up in the Speedway’s infield on the horseshoe portion of the road course and includes high speed turns and a jump. Read more

New Team For Timerzyanov

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It’s a new year, new season, and new team for two-time European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov.  The Russian Rocket announced last month that he will be campaigning the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship season with World RX Team Austria. Timur has already proven his driving record. While with Swedish Team Hansen, he won two consecutive European Rallycross Championships, one in 2012 and the next in 2013. Before that, in 2010, he earned the championship in S1600 class.

Joining Timur on the team this season will be Latvian driver Janis Baumanis. We saw Baumanis’ debut last season for Team Austria at the final round of World RX in Argentina.  Baumanis finished the round at an impressive fourth place.

Rallycross360 recently talked with Timur and asked him about the new team.

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What was the deciding factor for going with World RX Team Austria?

“There was some discussion in Argentina after the race”, he said,  “We began meeting in December and they said they wanted to develop the car more. Today, it is much more difficult to be in rallycross without a good support team. Read more

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