PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY: FIA ERC3 PROGRAMME FOR YOHAN ROSSEL AND CATIE MUNNINGS
PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY | 2019 PROGRAMME
In keeping with its longstanding policy of accompanying talented young drivers to the top of the motorsport ladder, PEUGEOT Sport is continuing its involvement in the European Rally Championship this season with an entry for last year’s 208 Rally Cup winner Yohan ROSSEL. This international programme is the reward for the Frenchman’s outstanding performance behind the wheel of the Peugeot 208R2 in 2018. Yohan ROSSEL and his co-driver Benoît FULCRAND will get their first taste of the European Rally Championship and the FIA ERC3 category with Team Peugeot Rally Academy where they will be joined by young British lady driver Catie MUNNINGS, winner of the 2016 FIA ERC Ladies Trophy.
After winning last year’s Peugeot 208R2-based 208 Rally Cup, Yohan ROSSEL is poised to make his debut in the FIA European Rally Championship with a participation in the series’ FIA ERC3 category which serves as a valuable springboard for the sport’s promising upcoming youngsters.
Yohan ROSSEL’s ERC programme is only part of his prize for winning the 2018 208 Rally Cup, since the Frenchman will also contest France’s Asphalt Rally Championship in 2019 in the colours of Citroën Racing driving a C3R5. He will consequently be flying the flags this year of the two Groupe PSA brands that are active in rallying as both a Citroën Racing and Peugeot Sport works driver.
Peugeot UK-backed European Rally Championship regular Catie MUNNINGS will also fly the Peugeot Rally Academy flag in 2019 with new co-driver Veronica ENGAN alongside. Catie MUNNINGS won the FIA ERC Ladies Trophy in 2016.
(1st, 2018 208 Rally Cup)
“To be able to contest this year’s FIA ERC3 championship with Team Peugeot Rally Academy is a tremendous opportunity for Benoît and me. The ERC, the events and the team will all be new to us but it’s an exciting challenge we are very much looking forward to. At the same time, we are already familiar with the 208R2, of course, and we can’t wait for our new adventure with Peugeot Sport to get going. This is a big chance for us and we are thrilled at the prospect of starting our first ERC round in three weeks’ time in the Acores.”
(1st, 2016 FIA ERC Ladies Trophy)
“I’m going to participate in my third ERC season. I like this championship, I feel comfortable and I know the rallys well. With the support of Peugeot UK, I am joining the Team Peugeot Rally Academy this season. I started my career driving a Peugeot 208R2, it I’m really proud to join the team and wear the colors of Peugeot Sport, and at the same time it's an additional motivation. We look forward to launching our season with Veronica. "Rendez-vous" to the Azores!”
(Manager, Customer Competition Programmes, Peugeot Sport)
“The decision to offer Yohan ROSSEL a seat with Team Peugeot Rally Academy was a perfectly logical step given the results he has achieved and his performance during last year’s 208 Rally Cup. Yohan provided another illustration of his speed and consistency in the Peugeot 208R2 by winning the two-wheel drive class on January’s Rallye Monte-Carlo which was a particularly demanding event. Peugeot Sport has always sought to help talented youngsters make it to the top and Yohan fits perfectly with this policy. It’s also a pleasure to have Catie MUNNINGS with us at Team Peugeot Rally Academy this season. Catie is backed by Peugeot UK and has good experience of the ERC which she has already contested twice, improving with every participation.”
2019 FIA ERC3 CALENDAR
March 21-23 / AZORES AIRLINES RALLY (Portugal) Gravel
May 2-4 / RALLY ISLAS CANARIAS (Spain) Asphalt
May 24-26 / RALLY LIEPĀJA (Latvia) Gravel
June 28-30 / RALLY POLAND (Poland) Gravel
July 19-21 / RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE (Italy) Asphalt
August 16-18 / BARUM CZECH RALLY ZLÍN (Czech Republic) Asphalt
September 27-29 / CYPRUS RALLY (Cyprus) Gravel
November 8-10 / RALLY HUNGARY (Hungary) Asphalt
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