308 RACING CUP - LÉDENON: AURÉLIEN COMTE DOMINATES WHILE JULIEN BRICHÉ LEADS

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308 RACING CUP / ROUND #4/6 / Ledenon - France (6–7 July 2019)
 
For round four of the 2019 season, the 308 Racing Cup took place at the Ledenon circuit in the south of France for the first time. After two rounds supporting TCR Europe, Peugeot’s series was back on the FFSA French Circuit Racing Championship calendar, with race meetings organised by SRO. A total of 18 Peugeot 308 Racing Cup cars put on a fantastic show in very hot weather.
 
Aurélien Comte – currently third overall in the TCR Europe classification – interrupted the “Briché vs Clairet” duel, which has only increased in intensity since the round at Hockenheim in Germany.
 
Comte took pole in first qualifying and then won the two races emphatically. Julien Briché took pole on Sunday but could only manage second place during the two races over the weekend. Jimmy Clairet, who was a little bit behind in Ledenon, maintained his second place overall in the provisional championship classification by finishing third in race 2.
 
So it’s game on once more. Julien Briché hangs onto his advantage in the standings heading into the summer break, with a 23-point cushion over his key rival, Jimmy Clairet.
 
Two rounds and four races remain to make the difference. The first race meeting after the summer break, in September, will be crucial in determining who becomes champion and takes home the Peugeot 308 TCR car that has been promised to the winner.


  • Aurélien Comte dominated the weekend, having come to the fourth Peugeot 308 Racing Cup round at Ledenon on a weekend off from TCR Europe duties. Julien Briché took only pole position for the second race and the two fastest race laps. Both men also drive the Peugeot 308 TCR in the TCR Europe series, currently occupying third and first places respectively in the European series.
 
  • Jimmy Clairet struggled to find the right set-up for his car throughout the weekend and finished fourth in the opening race and third in the second race. He hangs onto second place overall with two race meetings left until the end of the season.
 
  • Johan Boris Scheier did a good job, closing to within a point of third place after claiming another podium in race 1.
 
  • Xavier Fouineau was unlucky during the weekend and lost the advantage of his excellent performances at the start of the season. He picked up a drive-through penalty in race 1 and a puncture in race 2.
 
  • In the Junior championship, Teddy Clairet repeated his achievement at Spa-Francorchamps by winning twice once more. Florian Briché still leads the category ahead of Aurélien Renet.
 
  • Stephane Ventaja provided strong rivalry for Sylvain Pussier by taking the advantage in the overall Am classification for amateurs, with two solid victories during the weekend, The competition in this category is extremely close. No fewer than five drivers have won in the eight races that have taken place so far: Stephane Ventaja (Ledenon 1 and 2), Sylvain Pussier (Hockenheim 2 and Spa-Francorchamps 1), Jean Laurent Navarro (Nogaro 1), Xavier Guyonnet (Nogaro 2), and Marc Amourette (Spa-Francorchamps 2).
 
  • Next up is Magny-Cours from September 14-15: the fifth and penultimate round of the season.

QUOTES
 
Aurelien Comte #3 - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport – winner of races 1 and 2
“I’m very happy with my visit to the 308 Racing Cup! The level is very high and I was back to my favourite team, with which I won the RCZ Racing Cup twice in 2014 and 2015. The overall conclusion is very positive. We were always at the forefront from the start of qualifying to the end of race 2. We just didn’t qualify on top for the second race, because of a small driving mistake on my part. I’m also happy with the way we worked on the car and improved it further during the weekend. In very challenging conditions for the tyres, we managed to get them to degrade less as the weekend went on. In race 1, I tried to keep up a good pace while holding off Julien (Briché) as much as I could, even though he came back at me with some fastest laps towards the end of the race. In race 2, I could see that his strategy had changed, because he was attacking harder right from the very beginning, but I adapted to that and pushed hard as well. I got the lead on the second lap and kept it up all the way to the chequered flag.”
 
Julien Briché #4 - JSB Compétition – second in races 1 and 2 and overall leader
“It was quite a tricky weekend in really hot conditions, especially inside the car. Qualifying went quite well. It wasn’t such a huge fight with Aurélien Comte in the end, although race 2 was closer. We quickly got away from the pack in both races, but I didn’t want to take too many risks. The rest of the season is going to be intense as I only have a 23-point advantage over Jimmy Clairet. So I need a solid result in Magny-Cours, when we get back to it after the summer. In any case, my priority is the 308 Racing Cup title, ahead of TCR Europe.”
 
Jimmy Clairet #21 - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport – third in race 2 and second in the overall classification
“I struggled a bit to find the right rhythm to fight at the front and Julien was a lot faster than me this weekend. We asked Aurélien (Comte) to come to the race to help, as he has a very good technical feeling with car set-up, especially on this type of track, which allowed me to make a lot of progress throughout the weekend. But from the first qualifying session I was already quite behind and then in the race I had a few issues with traction, which meant that I couldn’t keep up with the others. Nonetheless, I managed to limit the damage by finishing fourth. In the second qualifying session I managed to get closer to the times of Julien and Aurelien, even though something was still missing. In race 2, I wasn’t quite comfortable with the balance of the car. We’ll need to work on set-up to find the right solution if we want to fight for the title!”
 
 Stéphane Ventaja #81 - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport – AM category leader
“My goal was to re-take the Am category lead before the summer break. From the first qualifying runs I could demonstrate that I was in the fight and I confirmed that by winning race 1. On Sunday I got caught out in qualifying, but I still set the second-best time in the class. In the race, I waited for a mistake from Sylvain (Pussier) and eventually won, taking the lead of the Am classification at the same time. I can’t wait to get to Magny-Cours in September now for the rest of the season!”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION 308 RACING CUP (after Ledenon, round #4/6)

 
1. Julien Briché #4 (JSB Compétition) 125 pts (PRO)
2. Jimmy Clairet #21 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 102 pts (PRO)
3. Xavier Fouineau #7 (JSB Compétition) 74 pts (PRO)        
4 . Johan Boris Scheier #10 (BRS Racing Team) 73 pts (PRO)
5. Julien Gilbert #44 (BRS Racing Team) 52 pts (PRO)
6. Florian Briché #24 (JFM Racing) 44 pts (JUN)    
7. Aurélien Renet #2 (JFM Racing)  43 pts (JUN)    
8. Aurélien Comte #3 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 41 pts (PRO)
9. Fred Caprasse #33 (JSB Compétition) 37 pts (PRO)
10. Teddy Clairet #1 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport)     32 pts (JUN)    
11. Stéphane Ventaja #81(Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 21 pts (AM)
12. Romain Boeckler #22 (GPA Racing) 15 pts (JUN)    
=. Jean Laurent Navarro #8 (JFM Racing) 15 pts (AM)
14. Louis Méric #31 (LM31 by BRS Racing Team) 14 pts (JUN)
=. Sylvain Pussier #77 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 14 pts (AM)
16. Laurent Richard #23 (JSB Compétition) 12 pts (AM)
17. Xavier Guyonnet #11 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 7 pts (AM)
=. Gilles Colombani #66 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 7 pts (AM)    
19. Marc Amourette #76 (GPA Racing) 5 pts (AM)
=. David Duponchel #43 (JSB Compétition) 5 pts (AM)
20. Thierry Boyer #29 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport)  2 pts (AM)
=. Rodolphe Spitz #69 (JSB Compétition)  2 pts (AM)
22. Luc Rozentvaig #5 (BL Sport) 1 pt (AM)

308 RACING CUP INFORMATION
 
Nogaro results: http://bit.ly/2Z8ocUR //
Hockenheim results: http://bit.ly/2X5fncN //
Spa-Francorchamps results: http://bit.ly/2WwjL8p
Ledenon results: http://bit.ly/2XfHUR2
 
Championship classification: http://bit.ly/2FYAlUh
 
308 RACING CUP 2019 presentation: http://bit.ly/2FZ0qTf
PEUGEOT 308 RACING CUP technical file: https://bit.ly/2HvxMLj    
308 RACING CUP 2019 sporting regulations: http://bit.ly/2XuHjGo
 
PEUGEOT 308 TCR presentation pack and technical information: http://bit.ly/2YDKuMR
 
PEUGEOT Sport Store : http://www.peugeotsport-store.com/

2019 CALENDAR

 
20 - 22 April Nogaro (France) - French circuit racing championship
24 - 26 May Hockenheim (Germany) - TCR Europe
08 - 09 June Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) - TCR Europe
05 - 07 July Ledenon (France) - French circuit racing championship
13 -15 September Magny-Cours (France) - French circuit racing championship
11 - 13 October Paul Ricard (France) - French circuit racing championship

308 RACING CUP PRIZES 2019
 
  • The 2019 champion will be given a brand new Peugeot 308TCR and Peugeot Sport factory driver status in 2020.
  • The top Amateur driver will be invited to take part in a TCR Europe race in 2020.
  • The top Junior driver will take part in a Peugeot Sport test, driving the Peugeot 308TCR.

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