PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY: FIRST EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP PODIUM FOR YOHAN ROSSEL AND BENOIT FULCRAND!

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PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY I ROUND #2: FIA ERC - RALLY ISLAS CANARIAS
The Rally Islas Canarias  – one of the most demanding asphalt rallies in Europe resulted in a podium finish for Peugeot Rally Academy driver Yohan Rossel and his co-driver Benoit Fulcrand, on only their second FIA European Rally Championship event. The Frenchmen claimed third place in the ERC3 category: their very first podium at European Rally Championship level. The all-French crew displayed impressive pace and consistency from the very beginning of the all-asphalt event to remain constantly on the provisional podium, with 18 cars in the class. Following their sixth place in class on the season-opener in the Azores, they are now third overall in the ERC3 championship. For the other Peugeot Rally Academy 208 R2 of Catie Munnings and Veronica Engan, it was a different story. They were ruled out of the rally by a dental abscess for Munnings, which meant that they could not start.


  • The Rally Islas Canarias, round two of the FIA ERC, was run over 16 stages and 200.98 asphalt kilometres, on rapid roads – that were sometimes formed of volcanic lava – which resembled a race track in places. Precise pace notes from Benoit Fulcrand were needed in order to stick to the rapid racing line, with Yohan Rossel able to benefit from his circuit background.
 
  • Quick out of the box, Yohan Rossel and Benoit Fulcrand – participating in their second FIA ERC event – were consistent throughout both days of the rally and banked yet more experience on an event that they were discovering for the first time.
 
  • As well as finishing third in the ERC3 two-wheel drive category, Rossel was second in the R2 category and the first of 21 Peugeot 208 R2s entered on the event. There were six Peugeots within the top 10 of the ERC3 category. As is often the case, the Peugeot 208 was the most popular individual model on the entry list.
 
  • Although Munnings couldn’t take part in the rally, she also spent some days before the recce perfecting her pace note system, which has changed to make the notes more accurate and descriptive: a useful investment for the future.

WHAT THEY SAID:
 
YOHAN ROSSEL
“The event went really well for us from start to finish. We were quick from the start, and the car was working perfectly. I’m very happy with the work we did before the rally with the Peugeot Sport engineers to find the right set-up, which meant that we had full confidence from the very beginning. I feel equally at home on gravel as well as asphalt, but it’s true that our circuit racing and karting experience helped here. We had good weather throughout the rally, so the conditions were consistent and we were able to make solid progress. Now we are third in the championship, so we can build on this: I’m very happy and we are learning a lot all the time. It’s an amazing experience to take part in the ERC. A big thank you to Peugeot Sport, my team, and Benoit.”
 
CATIE MUNNINGS
“We did the Qualifying Stage but I was in a lot of pain, so straight from that we went to the dentist and they told me I needed to have two teeth out, because they were cutting into the nerve. I thought I’d just have it done back in England and they gave me some painkillers but it wasn't strong enough. With the doping rules, we can't have anything stronger. The next day I woke up and I couldn't move, so I had to go straight to the emergency dentist and have them taken out. We couldn't start the rally which is such a shame. I'd have given anything to do it. But we had to make a wise decision and be back out in Latvia. It's only a few weeks away so not long to wait.”
 
LAURENT GUYOT, Peugeot Sport Customer Competition Manager
“Once again, it was a thrilling competition in the Canaries. The key point was an encouraging result for Yohan for the rest of the season. Taking his first podium on an event as demanding as this one underlines his excellent performance. From start to finish he and Benoit were fast and consistent, while the car displayed perfect reliability. Of course, we all feel really sorry for Catie and Veronica, who weren’t able to start the rally. They are already very concentrated and motivated for the next round in Latvia.”

OVERALL GENERAL PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION, ERC3
 
  1. Efrén LLARENA 58 pts
  2. Florian BERNARDI 38 pts
  3. Yohan ROSSEL 38pts
  4. Pedro ANTUNES 36 pts
  5. Sindre FURUSETH 33 pts
  6. Jean-Baptiste FRANCESCHI 30 pts
  7. Elias LUNDBERG 24 pts
  8. Erik CAIS 15 pts
  9. Grégoire MUNSTER 11pts
  10. Simon WAGNER 10 pts
  11. Jan TALAŠ 6 pts
  12. Sean JOHNSTON 6 pts
  13. Grigor GRIGOROV 4 pts
  14. Steve RØKLAND 2 pts
  15. Dmitriy MYACHIN 2 pts
  16. Petr SEMERÁD 1 pt

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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CONTACTS
 
Laurent GUYOT (Customer Competition Programmes Manager, PEUGEOT Sport)
 
Étienne DEVIERRE (Communications and Marketing Manager, PEUGEOT Sport)
+33 6 64 82 27 38 / etienne.devierre@ext.mpsa.com
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