2018 308 RACING CUP: A DISTINCT EUROPEAN FLAVOUR!
Round #1, NOGARO | March 30-April 2, 2018
Following its launch in 2017, the PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup has already showcased its reliability and performance potential in a number of racing championships. This year, the second 308 Racing Cup sees PEUGEOT SPORT’s one-make competition take on even more of an international flavour since two of the 2018 calendar’s six meetings will be held outside of France. The prize for this year’s winner will be a PEUGEOT 308TCR for an international programme of TCR-based races in 2019.
The 308 Racing Cup takes on even more of a European flavour in 2018 with visits to six technically-challenging circuits, including excursions to Belgium and Spain, to ensure an attractive and exciting year of action for participants of all levels.
The French rounds of the 2018 308 Racing Cup (at Nogaro, Dijon, Magny-Cours and Le Castellet) will take place within the framework of the French Circuit Racing Championship calendar, while the race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, will be part of the Spa Euroraces bill. The 308 Racing Cup dicing at Barcelona, Spain, will raise the curtain for the Blancpain GT Endurance Series.
The format of these meetings will comprise three hours of track time, with one hour of free practice, two 30-minute qualifying sessions and two 30-minute races.
The series has attracted a quality entry for the opening round which is the traditional Easter weekend meeting at Nogaro in southwest France. The 22-strong field includes multiple PEUGEOT SPORT one-make series winners David Pouget (GPA Racing) and Nicolas Milan (Milan Compétition), as well as Jimmy Clairet (Team Clairet Sport) and Julien Gilbert (Malti Compétition), all of whom are expected to challenge for this year’s title. The Junior ranks include Gaëtan Paletou (JSB Compétition) and Florian Briché (JSB Compétition) who will be looking not only to topple the 2017 victor Teddy Clairet but also to battle for the year’s top prize. In the Gentleman Driver class, Denis Gibaud (Milan Compétition) will defend his 2017 crown against Christian Goure (Saintéloc Junior Team), Thierry Boyer (Team Clairet Sport) and Stéphane Ventaja (Team Clairet Sport).
Julien Briché, outright winner of the 2017 308 Racing Cup, will drive a PEUGEOT 308TCR in this season’s TCR Europe series.
Bruno Famin (Director, PEUGEOT SPORT):
“This season marks a year of consolidation for the 308 Racing Cup which has attracted a strong entry of more than 20 drivers, which is excellent news. The four French fixtures will allow drivers and teams to compete within the framework of the French GT championship and we are delighted to be able to offer them another trip to Spa-Francorchamps, while the 2018 308 Racing Cup’s European flavour is further boosted by a visit to Barcelona, Spain, as part of the Blancpain GT Series bill. We are very proud of this international mix. In parallel to his participation in the 2018 308 Racing Cup, last year’s winner Julien Briché has a programme in the TCR Europe series driving the brand-new PEUGEOT 308TCR with backing from PEUGEOT SPORT.”
March 30-April 2 I Nogaro (France)
June 2-3 I Spa (Belgium)
July 14-15 I Dijon (France)
September 8-9 I Magny-Cours (France)
September 28-October 1 I Barcelona (Spain)
October 13-15 I Le Castellet (France)
Overall: J. BRICHE, 208 points
Juniors: T. CLAIRET, 144 points
Gentleman Drivers: D. GIBAUD, 16 points
Teams: Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport, 305 points
INFORMATION AND ENTRIES
The 308 Racing Cup is an FIA-sanctioned international series open to holders of an international competition licence.
A Peugeot Sport technical advisor and a spare parts truck will attend all meetings.
Sales and support will also be provided by Michelin.
Four new tyres may be used per meeting (from the first qualifying session onward).
A maximum of two sealed engines may be used in the course of the season. Strict checks will be carried out.
Four different classifications will be produced. In additional to the overall classification, separate results will be published for the Junior (under 25 during the year), Gentleman Driver (from 45 years old during the year) and Team (two cars per team per meeting) classes.
A total prize fund of almost €300,000 will be available in 2018, including a total of €151,500 for the race meetings. The top 10 finishers will score points, plus one point for qualifying on pole and another for posting the fastest race lap. All points scored in the course of the season will count towards the final 2018 308 Racing Cup classification.
The prize for the winner will be a PEUGEOT 308TCR and a programme as a PEUGEOT SPORT factory driver, including a participation in test sessions and communication operations.
THE PEUGEOT 308 RACING CUP: A CIRCUIT-BRED LION!
Development of the PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup, which is based on the PEUGEOT 308 GTI, began in 2014. The car has already showcased its reliability while at the same delivering exceptional driving enjoyment for drivers of all levels. Its performance is similar to that of a GT4 car.
Its 1,598cc turbocharged engine delivers 308 horsepower, with peak torque of 400Nm available from 3,000rpm. It drives though a six-speed sequential paddle-shift gearbox. The car tips the scales at 1,100kg.
The PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup’s two-way dampers are adjustable to optimise chassis set-up, while braking is provided by 378mm-diameter x 34mm vented six-calliper front discs and 290mm-diameter x 12mm rear discs.
The PEUGEOT 308TCR that the 2018 champion will win boasts even more potent performance. Work on the intake, exhaust and turbo system has taken maximum power to 350 horsepower and torque to 420Nm from 3,000rpm. The engine has a distance potential of 5,000km. Thanks to its significantly wider tracks, specific suspension calibration, adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars and entirely ball-jointed suspension components, the PEUGEOT 308TCR’s turn-in performance is particularly efficient.
#1 – Marc GUILLOT (Milan Compétition)
#3 – Denis GIBAUD (Milan Compétition) / Gentleman
#4 – Julien BRICHE (JSB Compétition)
#5 – Luc ROZENTVAIG (Team Clairet Sport) / Gentleman
#15 – David POUGET (GPA Racing)
#17 – Laurent RICHARD (GPA Racing) / Gentleman
#18 – François OLDRINI (Saintéloc Junior Team) / Junior
#20 – Teddy CLAIRET (Team Clairet Sport) / Junior
#21 – Jimmy CLAIRET (Team Clairet Sport)
#22 – Samuel CHALIGNE (SC Sport by Clairet Sport)
#23 – Amaury RICHARD (GPA Racing) / Junior
#24 - Florian BRICHE (JSB Compétition) / Junior
#26 – Nicolas MILAN (Milan Compétition)
#29 – Thierry BOYER (Team Clairet Sport) / Gentleman
#31 – Louis MERIC (LM 31) / Junior
#33 – Frédéric CAPRASSE (JSB Compétition)
#37 – Fabio MOTA (JSB Compétition)
#44 – Veenesh SHUNKER (CVS Autos by Clairet Sport)
#54 – Sylvain PUSSIER (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport)
#64 – Gaetan PALETOU (Milan Compétition) / Junior
#66 – Gilles COLOMBANI (Car Syst’ M Racing) / Gentleman
#81 – Stephane VENTAJA (Team Clairet Sport) / Gentleman
MEDIA CONTENT AND CONTACTS
PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup technical data: http://www.peugeotsport-store.com/documentation.php?id_nav=5&id_rubrique=94
308 Racing Cup Press Officer: Marie-Helene BACLE / +33 6 64 13 84 49 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Customer Competition Programme Communication Manager, PEUGEOT SPORT: Etienne Devierre / +33 6 64 82 27 38 / email@example.com