PEUGEOT 208 RALLY CUP: YOHAN ROSSEL TOPS THE ORDER AS 208 THE RALLY CUP DISCOVERS FRANCE’S VOSGES MOUNTAINS

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208 Rally Cup | Rallye Vosges Grand Est (asphalt) - Round #3/7
 
Round 3 of the 2018 208 Rally Cup takes competitors to eastern France for the 33rd Rallye Vosges Grand Est (June 8-10). A field of 15 PEUGEOT 208 R2 crews is listed to take part in the two-day, all-asphalt event which counts towards this year’s FFSA French Rally Championship. The weekend’s menu features a total distance of 544.74 kilometres which includes 183.32km divided into 12 special stages.


  • Following the cancellation of the Rallye Terre du Diois, crews registered for the 2018 208 Rally Cup will instead take part in the Rallye Vosges Grand Est (June 8-10) which is the second asphalt clash of the year. For the weekend’s 15 entries, it stands out a key fixture as this season’s extremely competitive championship approaches its halfway point. All the front-runners will naturally be keen to consolidate or improve on their respective positions, while their rivals will be determined to showcase their skills.
 
  • The recent Rallye d’Antibes saw Yohan Rossel / Benoit Fulcrand (Sarrazin Motorsport) pull further clear of their chasers, the closest of whom are currently Hugo Margaillan / Sébastien Poujol (CHL Sport Auto), the best-placed Juniors to date. Third-placed Karl Pinheiro / Franck Le Floch (Saintéloc) will be hoping to put extra pressure on the leading duo, while Quentin Ribaud / Mathieu Maurin (CHL Sport Auto) have their sights set on getting a footing on the provisional podium. Juniors Léo Rossel / Alexandre Coria (Sébastien Loeb Racing), who came third in Antibes a fortnight ago, will be out to secure a strong performance on ‘neutral’ territory.
 
  • For most of the field, this will be their first attempt at the Rallye des Vosges, which means recce and shakedown (Friday, June 8) will be doubly important as they seek to familiarise themselves with the event’s 12 stagesseven on Day 1 (Saturday, June 9) and a further five on Day 2 (Sunday, June 10). The technical mountain roads which twist through some of France’s most stunning scenery are perfect for gaining experience and ideally suited to the strengths of the PEUGEOT 208 R2 on asphalt as the crews seek to increase their respective points tallies.
 
  • The third round of the 2018 series will see the comeback of Efren Llarena (Llarena Racing). The Spaniard will be co-driven by Sara Fernandez who came second overall in the 2017 208 Rally Cup 2017. They, too, will be targeting victory on Sunday afternoon to counter the recent domination of Yohan Rossel.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE…

 
Hugo Margaillan (driver, CHL Sport Auto)
1st Junior Classification / 2nd Overall Classification (25 points)
"The Rallye des Vosges is unknown territory for us but we are not the only ones in that situation. It will consequently be a level playing field for most of us, at least as far as local knowledge goes, so it will be important to watch the videos of the stages carefully. We will do all we can to be competitive, finish in the big points and, if possible, steal first place from Yohan Rossel."
 
Léo Rossel (Driver, Sébastien Loeb Racing)
2nd Junior Classification / 5th Overall Classification (13 points)
"The Rallye des Vosges is an asphalt event and we tend to be more comfortable on sealed surfaces than we are on dirt. Our aim this season is to finish every round and gain as much experience as we can. We were obviously very pleased with third place in Antibes which was a good result for the team, but we will be happy if we finish in the top five this weekend. Above all, we want to be consistent."
 
Enzo Baraccani (Driver, Pit Stop Rallye Team)
6th overall classification (12 points)
"The Rallye des Vosges is completely new territory for us. In fact, we have never competed in this part of France before, but it’s the same for most of the other crews. The level of this year’s 208 Rally Cup is particularly high but we will do our best to challenge for a podium finish and, why not?, victory. We are as motivated as we have been since the start of the season to score the best result possible."
 
Eddy Marchal (Vosges-based driver)
"It was important for us to take part in the Rallye des Vosges and we chose to do it within the framework of the 208 Rally Cup because the PEUGEOT 208 R2 is a great car to drive and very competitive in its class. We also want to see how we compare with the other crews. This series is really an ideal formula, especially when you aren’t able to contest the whole season. The prize-money that is up for grabs at every round is very attractive. I can’t say we will win because, above all, we want to gain experience and post some decent stage times. We will simply do our best to match the others. It’s a rally I enjoy and know well. All the stages are excellent but I have a personal soft spot for Corcieux."

208 RALLY CUP ENTRY LIST – RALLYE VOSGES GRAND EST

  1. Yohan Rossel / Benoit Fulcrand - SARRAZIN MOTORSPORT
  2. Hugo Margaillan / Sébastien Poujol - CHL SPORT AUTO (JUNIOR)
  3. Karl-Alexandre Pinheiro / Franck Le Floch - CPS QUALITY-SAINT ELOC RACING
  4. Quentin Ribaud / Mathieu Maurin - CHL SPORT AUTO
  5. Léo Rossel / Alexandre Coria - SEBASTIEN LOEB RACING (JUNIOR)
  6. Enzo Baraccani / Matthieu Belhacene - PIT STOP
  7. Aki Sahila / Rami Suorsa - CPS QUALITY-SAINT ELOC RACING
  8. Efren Llarena / Sara Fernandez - LLARENA RACING
  9. Eddy Marchal / Alison Girard - /
  10. Brandon Maisano /Pierre Pebeyre - EASY RALLY
  11. Meirion Evans / Jonathan Jackson – CHAZEL
  12. Nicolas Lathion / Yannick Schriber - SEBASTIEN LOEB RACING
  13. Dorian Delagne / Bastien Dumas - CPI ENJOLRAS FRA
  14. Mohamed Al Mutawaa / Aaron Johnston - PH SPORT
  15. Hugo Bonfils / Olivier Brouze - EASY RALLY (JUNIOR)
 
PROVISIONAL 208 RALLY CUP CLASSIFICATION – AFTER ROUND 2 OF 7
  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

INFORMATION - RALLYE DES VOSGES GRAND EST (asphalt)

  • Total distance: 544.74km
  • Total competitive distance: 183.32 km
  • Type of surface: Asphalt
  • Number of stages: 12
  • Rally first organised: 1984
 
Saturday, June 9
  • Total distance: 308.197km, including 97.366km divided into 7 special stages
  • SS1 – Boslimpré – 5.921km
  • SS2 – Pays d’Ormont – 27.257km
  • SS3 – Moyenmoutier – 14.556km
  • SS4 – Boslimpré – 5.921km
  • SS5 – Pays d’Ormont – 27.257km
  • SS6 – Moyenmoutier – 14.556km
  • SS7 - Gérardmer La Mauselaine – 1.898km
 
Sunday, June 10
  • Total distance: 236.546km, including 85.954km divided into 5 special stages
  • SS8 – Le Fossars – 22.498km
  • SS9 – Corcieux – 19.530km
  • SS10 - Gérardmer La Mauselaine – 1.898km
  • SS11 - Le Fossars – 22.498km
  • SS12 - Corcieux– 19.530km

2018 CALENDAR

  • March 30-April 1: Rallye Terre des Causses (gravel) – Aveyron
  • May 18-20: Rallye d’Antibes (asphalt) – Alpes-Maritimes
  • June 8-10: Rallye Vosges-Grand Est (asphalt) – Vosges
  • July 5-7: Rallye du Rouergue (asphalt) – Aveyron
  • September 6-8: Rallye du Mont Blanc (asphalt) – Haute-Savoie
  • October 12-14: Rallye Terre des Cardabelles (gravel) – Aveyron
  • November 22-25: Rallye du Var (asphalt) – Var
 
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CONTACTS
 
208 Rally Cup Sporting Manager:
Jean-Marc VINATIER / jeanmarc.vinatier@mpsa.com / +33 6 73 48 43 39
Customer Competition Communication Manager, PEUGEOT SPORT:
Etienne Devierre / etienne.devierre@ext.mpsa.com / +33 6 64 82 27 38
208 Rally Cup Press Officer:
Audrey Zachayus / azachayus@gmail.com / +33 6 29 54 75 73
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