208 RALLY CUP: A SOUTHERN FRENCH BATTLE AT THE RALLYE TERRE DE LOZÈRE

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Mon, 26/08/2019 - 15:00
208 RALLY CUP - Rallye Terre de Lozère (30 August - 1 September) - Round #4/7
After a long month away from their Peugeot 208R2s, the crews of the Peugeot 208 RALLY CUP will come together on the Rally Terre de Lozère for round four of seven this season and the final gravel event. This is a well-known appointment on the FFSA French Gravel Championship, where the intrepid competitors will have to survive 143.90 kilometres of competitive action over a varied mix of stages that are rough as well as sandy and very technical.


  • Since the start of the season the 208 RALLY CUP has confirmed its status as a way of rising up through the ranks, with a high level of performance and competition. The Peugeot 208R2 has shown itself to be both strong and fast over the difficult terrain, while the competitors have demonstrated that they are more than up to the formidable task of taking on the challenging events that form part of the French Gravel Championship. The 15 or so crews who have been competing since the start of the year have put on a fantastic battle at every round, in an attempt to score the most points for the championship. At the top of the current classification are no fewer than five drivers from the south of France.
 
  • Leading the championship halfway through the year is Jean-Baptiste Franceschi. With two podiums to his name (including two victories) he has been able to adapt himself best to the different conditions seen since the start of the season. All the rallies have had just one thing in common: immense difficulty.
 
  • Patrick Magnou, who is second in the overall classification, also demonstrated an impressive degree of consistency to score important points throughout the year and occupy a deserved runner-up slot. With three podiums from three rallies the Frenchman aims to confirm his excellent start to the season this weekend.
 
  • Completing the provisional podium is Mathieu Franceschi, who is leading the Junior category and is also third overall in his first season of the 208 RALLY CUP. At just 20 years old he has consistently shown himself as one of the most promising French young rally drivers out there.
 
  • Loïc Astier was the best performer at the first two rallies of the season but he was out of luck at the Rallye Terre de Langres. He is now down to fourth position in the overall classification and has already played his jokers. Nonetheless he’s determined to do his very best to end the year among the frontrunners.
 
  • The final man from the south of France in the top five is Anthony Fotia, who has been unlucky with punctures since the start of the season. Nonetheless, he has been building up solid experience of a variety of rallies.
 
  • Fewer than 20 points separate Jean-Baptiste Franceschi  in the lead and Loïc Astier who is fourth overall. The race for the podium is still wide open. The Rallye Terre de Lozère this weekend will be a good occasion to see how the pecking order shakes out. Meanwhile, the top drivers will be looking to consolidate their advantage before the second half of the season that takes place entirely on asphalt.

QUOTES…
 
Jean-Baptiste Franceschi – provisional championship leader
“For our last gravel round we are determined to finish on high note so that we can tackle the asphalt rallies calmly. This weekend we will have to drive an intelligent rally without making any mistakes and of course while avoiding punctures in order to finish well and build up maximum confidence for the rest of the season. This rally is well-known to our rivals so we will have to be competitive right from the beginning. This year the level in the 208 Rally Cup has been very high and we have had to fight incredibly hard for each win. I hope that the fight will be just as intense all the way to the end of the year.”
 
Loic Astier – provisional fourth in the championship
“We have been a little bit out of luck after the start of the year: I have already used my two jokers so I can’t afford to make any mistakes. We are going to have to attack very hard at the rally this weekend in order to stay challenging at the top of the classification. I really like these roads but we will have to be very careful about punctures because the surfaces are quite aggressive. This is the final gravel rally: the surface on which I have the most experience with the Peugeot 208R2. So I begin this last gravel round of the season with a strong desire to do well and above all to score some important points. I know that Jean-Baptiste will have exactly the same ambitions and that the level in the 208 Rally Cup is very high. But it is very healthy competition as we have all known each other for a long time.”

THE BIG NUMBERS ON THE RALLYE TERRE DE LOZÈRE
 
  • 10 special stages totalling 121.22 kilometres of competitive action
  • 536.60 kilometres in total (including reconnaissance)
  • 16 crews entered in the 208 Rally Cup

WEEKEND ITINERARY

          
Saturday 31 August 2019
 
07:15 : Rally start + Recce
10:25 : Service  
SS1 VILLE DE MENDE : 11:08 – 11.50 km
SS2 GOUDARD : 11:41 – 8.00 km
SS3 CAUSSE ET CHANAC : 12:29 – 14.50 km
 
14:04 : Service   
 
SS4 VILLE DE MENDE : 15:07 – 11.50 km
SS5 GOUDARD :   15:40  - 8.00 km
SS6 CAUSSE ET CHANAC :   16:28 – 14.50 km
17:23 :  Service   
18:18 : Finish Leg 1
          
Sunday 1 September 2019
 
07:25 : Leg 2 start + Recce
10:00 : Service   
SS7 ALLENC : 10:48 – 14.20 km
SS8 LE BORN : 11:36 – 23.00 km
SS9 BETE DU GEVAUDAN : 12:27 – 1.50 km
 
13:24  : Service   
 
SS10 ALLENC : 14:32   - 14.20 km
SS11 LE BORN : 15:20 – 23.00 km
16:11 – Rally Finish

208 RALLY CUP ENTRIES - RALLYE TERRE DE LOZÈRE
 
#30 - JEAN-BAPTISTE FRANCESCHI / ANTHONY GORGUILO
#31 - PATRICK MAGNOU / VILANOVA ANTHONY
#32 - MATHIEU FRANCESCHI / BENOIT MANZO (Junior)
#33 - LOÏC ASTIER / GILBERT DINI
#34 - ANTHONY FOTIA / DIDIER SIRUGUE
#35 - FRANCOIS-XAVIER BLANC / GILLES DE TURCKHEIM
#36 - LEO ROSSEL / MATHIEU MAURIN (Junior)
#38 - SEBASTIEN LANQUENTIN / THOMAS CHAUFFAY
#40 - THIERRY VENTURINI / BENEDICTE DREYER
#43 - JOHANN ROUSSELIN / CHRISTIANE NICOLET (Junior)
#44 – ROMUALD LEZEAU / VINCENT REAULT
#45 - KEVIN PORTAL / PATRICK CHIAPPE
#46 – CECCALDI BATTISTU / VINCENT GROULIER

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION 208 RALLY CUP AFTER ROUND #3/7 - RALLYE TERRE DE LANGRES
 
1. JEAN-BAPTISTE FRANCESCHI 43 pts
2. PATRICK MAGNOU 39 pts
3. MATHIEU FRANCESCHI (JUNIOR) 33 pts
4. LOIC ASTIER 26 pts
5. ANTHONY FOTIA 16 pts
6. FRANÇOIS-XAVIER BLANC 15 pts
7. LÉO ROSSEL (JUNIOR) 13 pts
8. SÉBASTIEN LANQUETIN 12 pts
9. KARL-ALEXANDRE PINHEIRO 10 pts
10. ALEXANDRE MOLLARD 8 pts
11. THIERRY VENTURINI 6 pts
11 ex. BENJAMIN BOULENC 6 pts
13. SÉBASTIEN BAUD (JUNIOR) 4 pts
13 ex. JONATHAN VARGAS 4 pts
13 ex. THIBAUT POIZOT 4 pts
16. DORIAN DELAGNE 3 pts
16 ex. JOHANN ROUSSELIN 3 pts
16 ex. ROMUALD LEZEAU 3 pts

208 RALLY CUP CALENDAR 2019
 
05 - 07 April I Rallye Terre des Causses - Aveyron (gravel)
28 - 30 June I Rallye Terre du Haut Var - Var (gravel)
19 - 21 July I Rallye Terre de Langres - Haute-Marne (gravel)
30 August - 01 September I Rallye Terre de Lozère - Lozère (gravel)
27 - 29 September I Rallye Coeur de France - Indre-et-Loire / Loir-et-Cher (asphalt)
25 - 26 October I Criterium de Cévennes - Hérault / Gard (asphalt)
22 - 24 November I Rallye du Var - Var (asphalt)

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CONTACTS

 
Jean-Marc Vinatier  208 Rally Cup Sporting Manager
jeanmarc.vinatier@mpsa.com / +33 6 73 48 43 39
 
Étienne Devierre  Peugeot Sport Communications and Marketing Manager
etienne.devierre@ext.mpsa.com / +33 6 64 82 27 38
 
Élisa De Crignis  208 Rally Cup Communications Manager
elisa@edccom.fr / +33 6 26 47 28 62

 

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