THE 308 TCR FINISHES ON THE PODIUM AT ITS HOME DEBUT IN TCR EUROPE!
The opening round of the 2020 TCR Europe series at the Paul Ricard race track confirmed the excellent pace of the 308 TCR, with Teddy Clairet claiming third place in race two, as Peugeot Sport customer racing resumed this weekend in Le Castellet.
- Featuring a seven-strong line-up of entries, the largest contingent of cars from a single make at the opening meeting of the TCR Europe, the Peugeot 308 TCR made its mark at its home round. And not just in terms of the number of cars competing but also in the third place secured by Teddy Clairet in race two. Supported and advised by Peugeot Sport technical officers, the other drivers also improved throughout the weekend. Progress was evident in the likes of Gilles Colombani and Florian Briché, son of Julien, who were competing in this category for the first time after impressing in the 308 Racing Cup, showing that the Cup is the perfect stepping stone for drivers looking to hone their skills before moving up to challenge the cream of European touring car racing.
- With its drivers Jimmy and Teddy finishing fifth and sixth in qualifying, Team Clairet Sport was quick to show its qualities. This was confirmed in the opening race, as Teddy claimed fourth position, followed closely by his brother Jimmy (6th). However, Teddy went one better in Sunday’s race at the famous race track, securing a fine third place in race two after brilliantly holding off the attentions of the cars pushing behind him. A performance that puts him fourth in the current championship standings. As this round also counts towards the TCR Benelux series, Teddy Clairet ended the weekend at the top of those standings. Stéphane Ventaja and Gilles Colombani focused on gradually upping their pace, the former managing to grab 15th place and a point in race two.
- Led by Julien Briché, runner-up in last year’s TCR Europe, JSB Compétition suffered a slightly more difficult start to the season, despite being on the pace. The team could only manage thirteenth, fourteenth and sixteenth places for Florian Briché, Julien Briché and Jean-Laurent Navarro.
WHAT THEY SAID…
Olivier Fuet, Peugeot Sport Circuit Customer Racing Manager
“This first meeting clearly augurs well for the rest of the season, with some encouraging performances for both of the teams entered. It’s very satisfying to see so many Peugeots on the starting grid. It shows that the 308 TCR continues to be a resounding success. It is also a real pleasure to see Teddy Clairet begin his second season in the championship with a maiden podium. Well done to him! The 308 TCR, both easy to drive and competitive, is without question a potent weapon for this championship. Especially as our technical teams have done a lot of work in conjunction with the racing teams, meaning the drivers have the set-up most suited to their level of experience.”
Jean-Marie Clairet, Clairet Sport Team Manager
“Obviously, I'm pleased with this opening round of the year. This is our second season in the category and we have learned from our past mistakes. We also worked well during the off-season and we are very much in the mix in terms of performance. It’s up to us now to keep making progress because you have to start over from square one at every race in the TCR Europe.”
Teddy Clairet, Clairet Sport Team Driver
“This is my first podium finish in the championship, so I'm obviously delighted. Qualifying is crucial, as is the start, in TCR Europe and I have to say I got off to a good start. The guys behind me were very quick, so I focused on not making any mistakes and not leaving any room for anyone to get past. My approach paid off after a really close but fair fight. I would like to say a big thank you to my team and to Peugeot Sport! It’s nice to be able to start the season like this and we’re going to keep working hard to improve even further in the next few rounds.”
Julien Briché, JSB Compétition Team Manager and Driver
“We have started the season with a tough meeting. We had a few issues in race one, but I made a good start in the second race and was closing on the cars ahead of me when I hit a cone and ripped off the front splitter as I tried to avoid two cars that had run into one another. I remain convinced that with a little bit of luck, we can aim to finish in the top five at the next round. We just need to pick up the pace again quickly because the season is shorter than usual. In any case, it’s a definite plus to be able to count on the support of Peugeot Sport.”
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