208 Rally Cup | Rallye du Var (asphalt) - Round #7/7
Last weekend hosted the 7th and last round of this year’s 208 Rally Cup, at the Rallye du Var. The final round of the French Rally Championship resulted in a 3rd consecutive victory for the 2018 Junior champions : Hugo Margaillan and Sébastien Pujol (CHL Sport Auto). Both come from the region where the Rallye du Var is held and they dominated the weekend, leaving little on the table for their rivals. The reigning champion crew, Yohan Rossel and Benoit Fulcrand (Sarrazin Motorsport), finished runner-up ahead of the Finnish crew of Aki Sahila and Rami Suorsa (Saintéloc Junior Team) claiming their first podium of the year. The trio were on top form throughout the weekend, setting the pace.

This 64th edition of the Rallye du Var got underway in heavy rain. These were treacherous conditions, which complicated the task ahead for the 208 Rally Cup competitors and meant that they had to approach the rally extremely carefully. Despite these difficulties, the crews demonstrated fantastic consistency and didn’t fall into the many hazards presented by the wet and greasy conditions. Hugo Margaillan got straight onto the pace on the opening leg of Friday by claiming all four stages on the itinerary. Yohan Rossel led the chase behind him, followed closely by Aki Sahila and the crew of Xavier Quinsac and Gilbert Dini (CHL Sport Auto) from Nice. Léo Rossel and Alexandre Coria (Sébastien Loeb Racing) as well as Brandon Maisano and Pierre Pebeyre (Sarrazin Motorsport) also featured regularly in the top 5.
On the second leg, the crews got underway in nice and sunny weather, which made the stages a little less daunting than the previous day. In these perfect autumn conditions, Hugo Margaillan continued his road to victory by going quickest on 5 of the 6 stages. He only conceded one fastest time, to Yohan Rossel on SS9. In the middle of the pack, the competitors maintained their rhythm and held onto their positions right until the end of the day.
The final day of the rally got underway at dawn in thick fog. This handicap briefly halted Hugo Margaillan’s charge. On their first participation on the 208 Rally Cup, David Rebotier and Jean-Luc Franco (ARC Auto Competition) made the most of the conditions to go fastest on SS12 followed by Aki Sahila in SS13, then Yohan Rossel was quickest on SS14. The final leg of the season was characterised by an impressive fightback from Cyril Raymond (Chazel Technologie), who was also seen on the European Rallycross Championship while the Gentleman driver title went to Eddy Marchal and Jessika Lepretre (Marchal Racing).
This 208 Rally Cup season took in 7 rallies on asphalt and gravel and witnessed the emergence of several talented young drivers. With 4 wins and impressive consistency all year, Yohan Rossel was resoundingly crowned 2018 champion. It’s a title that will give him a programme supported by Citroën Racing on the French asphalt rally championship next year. Hugo Margaillan’s Junior title instead opens the door to Peugeot Sport for a factory R2 programme. Léo Rossel, Aki Sahila and Brandon Maisano, who showed strongly throughout the season, will remain as drivers to watch throughout next year. The 2019 season is already being prepared at Peugeot Sport with a calendar that consists of 4 gravel rallies and three asphalt rallies, including 2 new events: the Rallye du Haut Var and the Rallye Cœur de France.
  • 05 – 07 April : Rallye Terre des Causses – Aveyron (gravel)
  • 28 – 30 June : Rallye du Haut Var – Var (gravel)
  • 19 – 20 July : Rallye Terre de Langres – Haute-Marne (gravel)
  • 06 – 08 September : Rallye Terre de Lozère – Lozère (gravel)
  • 27 – 29 September : Rallye Cœur de France – Indre-et-Loire / Loir-et-Cher (asphalt)
  • 25 – 26 October : Rallye des Cévennes – Hérault / Gard (asphalt)
  • 22 – 24 November : Rallye du Var – Var (asphalt)
Hugo Margaillan – CHL Sport Auto driver
Rallye du Var winner and 2018 Junior champion
« We were very happy with our rally. The Peugeot 208R2 behaved really well and we worked hard on the set-up of the team. Sebastien and made a lot of progress and put into practice everything we had learned throughout the season. The Rallye du Var is an event that I know well. Apart from the complicated conditions, everything else was perfect. We ended the year in the best possible way after a great season. I think we have shown what we are capable of, especially towards the end of the season. We turned a corner after the Mont-Blanc Rally, with three wins to our record. Next year, we’re going to concentrate on Europe with the 208 R2 in FIA ERC3. »
Yohan Rossel – Sarrazin Motorsport driver
2nd on the Rallye du Var and 2018 208 Rally Cup champion
« We finished 2nd, which was a good result for us, given that we didn’t want to take any risks and we  lost some time on the opening day. The win was also down to tyre choice. We can be satisfied with our weekend. We put together and excellent season by winning the first four events, which assured us of the title on the Rallye Mont-Blanc. Now I can’t wait for it to be next year already so that I can start driving the Citroën C3R5, which won the Rallye du Var. The car seems to be very quick and there’s a nice programme ahead of us ! »
Aki Sahila – Saintéloc Junior Team driver
3rd on the Rallye du Var
« It was a complicated event with lots of changes in grip. We had to get to grips with everything again after 5 months away without driving. The 208 Rally Cup is an excellent championship with some quick drivers. We had to fight hard all the way to the end of the Rallye du Var. We had a great final day and finished 3rd. Rami and I are very happy with this result, and we’re looking forward to next year. »
  1. Hugo Margaillan / Sébastien Poujol - CHL Sport Auto (Junior)
  2. Yohan Rossel / Benoit Fulcrand – Sarrazin Motorsport + 01:05:2
  3. Aki Sahila / Rami Suorsa – Saintéloc Junior Team +01:48:5
  4. Xavier Quinsac / Gilbert Dini – CHL Sport Auto +01:57:1
  5. Léo Rossel / Alexandre Coria – Sébastien Loeb Racing +02:47 :8
  6. Brandon Maisano / Pierre Pebeyre – Sarrazin Motorsport +04:02:1
  7. Jonathan Vargas / Fiona Curcio – Pit Stop +06:08:4
  8. Eddy Marchal / Jessika Lepretre – Marchal Racing +06:48:4
  9. Kévin Portal / Pierre Decouzon – Pit Stop +09 :15 :4
  10. Cyril Raymond / Nolwenn Durel - Team Chazel Technologie +10 :02 :1
  11. Alexandre Mollard / Nicolas Eymin - Saintéloc Junior Team +11:10:4
  12. Hugo Bonfils / Olivier Brouze – Easy Rally +12:13:5 (Junior)
  13. Grégoire Munster / Louis Louka – Team Chazel Technologie +14 :55 :2 (Junior)
  14. Laurent Marie / Violaine Lara-Jamard – HBCR Racing +22 :31 :8
72. Quentin Ribaud / Mathieu Maurin – CHL Sport Auto
74. Mohamed Al Mutawaa / Aaron Johnston – PH Sport
79. Cédric Noé / Bruno Teyssedre – Trégou Racing
85. David Rebotier / Jean-Luc Franco – ARC Auto Competition
  1. Yohan Rossel / Benoit Fulcrand – Sarrazin Motorsport 104 pts
  2. Hugo Margaillan / Sébastien Poujol – CHL Sport Auto - (JUNIOR) 93 pts
  3. Quentin Ribaud / Mathieu Maurin – CHL Sport Auto 49 pts
  4. Léo Rossel / Alexandre Coria – Sébastien Loeb Racing (JUNIOR) 39 pts
  5. Karl Pinheiro / Franck le Floch – Sainteloc Junior Team 33 pts
  6. Mohamed Al Mutawaa / Aaron Johnston – PH Sport 27 pts
  7. Brandon Maisano / Pierre Pebeyre – Easy Rally 25 pts
  8. Aki Sahila / Rami Suorsa – Sainteloc Junior Team 24 pts
  9. Eddy Marchal / Jessika Lepretre – 15 pts
  10. Thomas Baudoin / Margot Basso – PH Sport (JUNIOR) 15 pts
  11. Efren Llarena /Sara Fernandez – Llarena Racing 15pts
  12. Xavier Quinsac / Charlene Gallier – GP#2RACING 14 pts
  13. Enzo Baraccani / Cindy Priolo – Pit Stop 12 pts
  14. Cédric Noé / Alex Vignolle – Tregou Racing 9 pts
  15. Hugo Bonfils / Olivier Brouze – Easy Rally (Junior) 8 pts
  16. Benjamin Boulenc / Jules Escartefigue – Chazel Technologie 8 pts
  17. Emmanuel Gascou / Alexandre Vida – CHL Sport Auto 8 pts
  18. Matthieu Margaillan / Mathilde Margaillan – PH Sport 6 pts
  19. Jonathan Vargas / Fiona Curcio – Pit Stop – 4pts
  20. Meirion Evans / Jonathan Jackson – Chazel Technologie 4 pts
  21. Alix Andrey / Enzo Mahinc- ACCRO RACE 3pts
  22. Boris Ruffa / Raphaël Ruffa  - HBCR RACING 2pts
  23. David Viarouge / Benjamin Micheli - Chazel Technologie 2 pts
*Subject to official confirmation of the result by the FFSA
208 Rally Cup Sporting Manager
Jean-Marc VINATIER jeanmarc.vinatier@mpsa.com  +33 6 73 48 43 39
Customer Competition Communication Manager, PEUGEOT SPORT:
Etienne Devierre etienne.devierre@ext.mpsa.com +33 6 64 82 27 38
208 Rally Cup Press Officer
Audrey Zachayus azachayus@gmail.com +33 6 29 54 75 73