A month after the competition’s opening contest at Nogaro, the 2017 PEUGEOT 308 RACING CUP returns to southwest France as part of the programme of this weekend’s Grand Prix de Pau, in the country’s Bearn region. The celebrated street circuit includes such highlights as Parc Beaumont and Virage de la Gare and attracts a crowd of some 30,000 spectators every year. After his double-whammy performance at Nogaro in April, Julien BRICHÉ will be the man they will all want to beat in the chase for the title in Peugeot Sport’s latest one-make series.

  • A racing version of the PEUGEOT 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT, the 308 RACING CUP faces its maiden street race this weekend in the city of Pau!
  • A grid of 17 drivers will join battle in in Pau, with a tremendous scrap in store as the field sets out to thwart Julien BRICHÉ, winner of both races at the opening meeting at Nogaro.
  • At the end of the year, the winner of the 2017 PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup will walk away with a new PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup equipped with a 2018-spec Performance Kit, along with a factory drive with PEUGEOT SPORT in 2018.

Laurent Guyot (Customer Competition Department Manager, PEUGEOT SPORT)
“The reliability and speed of the PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cup at Nogaro showed that it is a well-sorted car with a fine future ahead of it. It didn’t take long for the drivers to find their marks and enjoy themselves, while posting some quick lap times out of the box in our new single-make racing series. The atmosphere will be different in the streets of Pau, and probably even more exciting. We are aware of the Grand Prix de Pau’s pedigree and we are proud that the 308 Racing Cup is part of the programme. Whoever wins there will enjoy a taste of extra glory.”
  • JULIEN BRICHE, PROVISIONAL LEADER: Thanks to his score of two pole positions and two wins at Nogaro, Julien Briche made 308 RACING CUP history and currently tops the points table.
  • ONE TO WATCH: Teddy CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) finished twice on the podium at the championship’s opener.
  • LIKELY CHALLENGERS: Jimmy CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) and his elder brother David POUGET (GPA Racing), winner of last year’s RCZ Racing Cup, will also be targeting victory at Pau after enjoying podium honours at Nogaro! Another potential victor is Nicolas MILAN (Milan Compétition)!
  • LOCAL STARS: GT Academy-winner Gaëtan PALETOU and Maxime BOULIN (JSB Compétition) will be keen to put in strong performances in their home city.
  • OUTSIDERS: Several drivers will be eager to show their speed in this fiercely competitive series, including Xavier FOUINEAU (JSB Compétition), Julien GILBERT (Malti Compétition), Xavier GUYONNET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport), Sylvain PUSSIER (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport), Belgium’s Matthieu DE ROBIANO (DRM by GPA Racing) and newcomer Rémi SAUGET (Chazel Technologie Course).
  • AMBITIOUS YOUNGSTERS: Juniors Teddy CLAIRET, Gaëtan PALETOU and Amaury RICHARD (GPA Racing) showcased their ability to mix it with their elders at Nogaro. CLAIRET has pulled out an early advantage in the Junior class.
  • VILLANUEVA, THE GENTLEMAN TO BEAT: Spain’s Rafael VILLANUEVA clinched the Gentleman Driver spoils at the opening round against the class’s defending champion Denis GIBAUD (Milan Compétition). VILLANUEVA (Milan Compétition) finished comfortably clear of his chasers while lapping with the rest of the pack.

Friday, May 19: 4:35pm Free Practice 1
Saturday, May 20: 9:14am Free Practice 2 / 2:05pm Qualifying 1 / 6:48pm Race 1
Sunday, May 21: 8:17am Qualifying 2 / 2:52pm Race 2
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS (after Round 1 at Nogaro)
1, J. BRICHÉ, 42 points / 2, T. CLAIRET, 27 points. 3, J. CLAIRET, 20 points / 4, G. PALETOU, 20 points / 5, D. POUGET, 18 points
/ Complete classification at www.peugeot-sport.com
Two qualifying sessions / Two races at each round
Two sealed engines for the season / Four new tyres for each round
Junior classification (maximum age 25 in the year) / Gentleman Driver classification (over 45 in the year)
Top 10 finishers score points / Pole: 1 point / Fastest race lap: 1 point / The two least good results to be deducted at the end of the year


PEUGEOT SPORT Communication Manager:
Aurélie LEHE – aurelie.lehe@ext.mpsa.com - +33
308 RACING CUP Media Contact :
Marie-Helene BACLE - mariehelenebacle@gmail.com - +33 6 64 13 84 49