PEUGEOT SPORT AT SILVERSTONE – THEN AND NOW, A BRIEF HISTORY…

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Sat, 26/05/2018 - 09:00
WRX Round #4 – Silverstone, 26-27.05
 
Silverstone, known as the ‘home of British motorsport’, is one of the most iconic locations on the global motorsport calendar, and it also forms part of PEUGEOT’s competition history.


The very first championship Formula 1 race was ever held in Silverstone, back in 1950. Since then, the British venue has played host to a huge variety of events, the latest of which is rallycross – with the brand-new WRX track, used for the latest round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, only inaugurated at the beginning of this year.
 
“When you come to a new place, you just have to keep an open mind and then adjust the set-up of the car to suit your feeling with it,” says Sebastien Loeb. “Normally you start with a base set-up and then change it according to what you find. But if it’s wet, for example, then you have to change everything again. So it’s important to be reactive and always have a good feeling for what the car is doing.”
 
But PEUGEOT’s history at Silverstone goes back a lot further. In 1992, the PEUGEOT 905 sports car won at the British track courtesy of Derek Warwick and Yannick Dalmas. The French company was also an engine supplier in Formula 1 for many years, with a best result at Silverstone of 3rd place with Mika Hakkinen in 1994, driving a McLaren powered by a 3.5-litre Peugeot V10.
                   
A few years later, PEUGEOT returned to the World Rally Championship with the PEUGEOT 206 WRC. A stage of Rally Great Britain was held at the old Silverstone Rallysprint circuit in 1999, contested by Marcus Gronholm, Francois Delecour and Gilles Panizzi. Gronholm went on to win 3 stages of the rally, while Panizzi was the top finisher in 7th overall.
 
In 2007, PEUGEOT launched the PEUGEOT 908 sports car programme, which was also a regular vistor to Silverstone. The 908 won at Silverstone in its 1st year (with Marc Gene and Nicolas Minassian), then triumphed again in 2010 (courtesy of Minassian and Anthony Davidson) and 2011 (with Sebastien Bourdais and Simon Pagenaud).
 
“At PEUGEOT, we have a big history in Silverstone, in many different categories,” says Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport Director. “Now we look forward to enjoying a different style of weekend here, with rallycross and also the Speedmachine Festival, which features concerts and other entertainments. Hopefully we will see a lot of spectators ­– and have some warm weather!”
 
Through all these different competitions, PEUGEOT has accumulated plenty of knowledge about Silverstone in the past. But this year, with the new PEUGEOT 208 WRX car and a brand new rallycross circuit at Silverstone, it’s an entirely clean sheet of paper!
 
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