208 Rally Cup | Rallye d’Antibes (asphalt) - Round #2/7
Round 2 of the 2018 208 Rally Cup took teams to the south of France for the 53rd running of the FFSA French Rally Championship’s Rallye d’Antibes Côte d’Azur. The entry list for the campaign’s first asphalt fixture featured 21 PEUGEOT 208R2 crews and the programme included 12 special stages totalling 204.38km. The weekend’s spoils went to Yohan Rossel / Benoit Fulcrand (Sarrazin Motorsport) who notched up their second consecutive victory. Their assertive performance saw them finish clear of two Junior pairings, namely Hugo Margaillan / Sébastien Poujol (CHL Sport Auto) and Léo Rossel / Alexandre Coria (Sébastien Loeb Racing).

  • Saturday, May 19: The opening leg’s menu consisted of six special stages totalling 108.32km, including two attempts at Col de Bleine (SS2/6), a highly technical classic that was eagerly awaited by the 2018 Rally Cup contestants since it is frequently visited by the World Rally Championship’s Rallye Monte-Carlo. Saturday’s mixed weather meant they got to sample the stage in contrasting conditions when the dry morning loop was followed by heavy rain in the afternoon which made the going extremely slippery. The leaders at the end of Day 1 were the championship’s pacesetters Yohan Rossel / Benoit Fulcrand (Sarrazin Motorsport) who concluded the leg with a cushion of 38 seconds thanks to a score of five fastest times from six. Overnight second were best-placed Juniors Hugo Margaillan / Sébastien Poujol (CHL Sport Auto), tailed by Enzo Baraccani / Matthieu Belhacène (Pit Stop).
  • Sunday, May 20: Leg 2’s challenge consisted of six more special stages totalling 96.06km. Crews were greeted by bright sunshine as they tackled one of world class rallying’s most notorious tests, the Col de Turini (SS8/11). The day produced a close contest as five different drivers shared the six best times, including Junior Léo Rossel who was fastest on SS10 and SS12. His brace of stage wins enabled him to bag third overall and second place in the Junior standings. Outright victory went to his brother Yohan Rossel (Sarrazin Motorsport), while Hugo Margaillan ended up second and best-placed Junior. Enzo Baraccani (4th) and Karl Pinheiro (8th) posted the best efforts on SS9 and SS11 respectively on their way to strong points-scoring positions.
  • With two of the 2018 208 Rally Cup’s seven rounds completed, Yohan Rossel / Benoit Fulcrand (46 points, Sarrazin Motorsport) have gone further clear at the top of the provisional standings, 21 points clear of Hugo Margaillan / Sébastien Poujol (CHL Sport Auto) who figure in second place in addition to topping the Junior order. Karl Pinheiro / Franck Le Floch (CPS Quality - SaintEloc Racing) are provisionally third and the promising Quentin Ribaud (14 points) is fourth, while the strong performance of youngster Léo Rossel in Antibes suggests his opponents will need to keep a close eye on the Sébastien Loeb Racing driver in the future.
Provisional championship leader
Yohan Rossel (driver, Sarrazin Motorsport)
“It was a highly positive weekend for us. We took the lead on the opening stage and, after pulling out a decent gap on the first leg, we decided to lift on Sunday because we didn’t want to make any mistakes. Our car performed well and we made good progress over the weekend. With a score of two wins from two so far, the season couldn’t have got off to a better start for us, but we will need to keep up the same sort of pace over the rest of the year. There was a special taste to the weekend’s top three because my brother Léo came third. We are a big rallying family and it was a tremendous joy to share the podium festivities with him.”
Second overall and Junior winner
Hugo Margaillan (driver, CHL Sport Auto)
“The weekend went very well for us and we ended up pocketing second place on this all-asphalt event. We weren’t really expecting that given the high level of the entry, but we managed to steer clear of all the pitfalls and not make any mistakes. That enabled us to emerge in a comfortable position and, after that, we succeeded in managing our lead over our chasers. We weren’t able to put any pressure on Yohan Rossel, though. He was much too fast for us this weekend.”
Third overall and Junior runner-up
Léo Rossel (driver, Sébastien Loeb Racing
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts when we lost our brakes eight kilometres from the end of Col de Bleine. That was pretty scary and we needed a little time to get our confidence back, especially as I was competing in rain for the first time. We succeeded in posting two fastest times on Leg 2, however, and we clinched third overall on the very last stage. I’m pleased with our result, especially as I joined my brother Yohan on the podium which made it a great family occasion!”
  1. Yohan Rossel / Benoit Fulcrand - Sarrazin Motorsport
  2. Hugo Margaillan / Sébastien Poujol - CHL Sport Auto (JUNIOR) + 45'
  3. Léo Rossel / Alexandre Coria - Sébastien Loeb Racing (JUNIOR) + 1'12''
  4. Enzo Baraccani / Matthieu Belhacene - Pit Stop  + 1'20''
  5. Benjamin Boulenc / Jules Escartefigue - Chazel Technologie Course  + 2'23''
  6. Aki Sahila / Rami Suorsa - CPS Quality-Saintéloc Racing  + 2'52''
  7. Xavier Quinsac / Charlene Gallier – GP#2Racing  + 3'01''
  8. Karl-Alexandre Pinheiro / Franck Le Floch - CPS Quality-Saintéloc Racing  + 4'56''
  9. Quentin Ribaud / Mathieu Maurin - CHL Sport Auto  + 5'02''
  10. Cédric Noé / Alex Vignolle - Tregou Racing  + 5'02''
  11. Nicolas Lathion / Yannick Schriber - Sébastien Loeb Racing  + 6'06''
  12. Thomas Baudoin / Margot Basso - PH Sport (JUNIOR)  + 6'21''
  13. Boris Ruffa / Raphaël Ruffa - HBRC Racing  + 21'07''
  14. Hugo Bonfils / Olivier Brouze - Easy Rally (JUNIOR)  + 30'45''
  1. Yohan Rossel / Benoit Fulcrand – Sarrazin Motorsport - 46 points
  2. Hugo Margaillan / Sébastien Poujol – CHL Sport Auto - (JUNIOR) 25 points
  3. Karl Pinheiro / Franck le Floch – Saintéloc Racing - 18 points
  4. Quentin Ribaud / Mathieu Maurin – CHL Sport Auto - 14 points
  5. Léo Rossel / Alexandre Coria – Sébastien Loeb Racing - (JUNIOR) 13 points
  6. Enzo Baraccani / Matthieu Belhacene – Pit Stop - 12 points
  7. Aki Sahila / Rami Suorsa – Saintéloc Racing - 10 points
  8. Emmanuel Gascou / Alexandre Vida – CHL Sport Auto - 8 points
  9. Benjamin Boulenc / Jules Escartefigue – Chazel Technologie – 8 points
  10. Matthieu Margaillan / Mathilde Margaillan – PH Sport - 6 points
  11. Xavier Quinsac / Charlene Gallier – GP#2RACING – 4 points
  12. Thomas Baudoin / Margot Basso – PH Sport - (JUNIOR) 3 points
  13. Cédric Noé / Alex Vignolle – Tregou Racing – 1 point
Due to the cancelation of the Rallye Terre du Diois, which was originally planned for June 14-16, PEUGEOT Sport has decided to add the Rallye Vosges-Grand Est (June 8-10) to the 2018 208 Rally Cup calendar.
  • March 30-April 1: Rallye Terre des Causses (gravel)
  • May 18-20: Rallye d’Antibes (asphalt)
  • June 8-10: Rallye Vosges-Grand Est (asphalt) *
  • July 5-7: Rallye du Rouergue (asphalt)
  • September 6-8: Rallye du Mont Blanc (asphalt)
  • October 12-14: Rallye Terre des Cardabelles (gravel)
  • November 22-25: Rallye du Var (asphalt)
* New addition to 2018 calendar
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