TCR EUROPE: JULIEN BRICHÉ DELIVERS TWO PODIUMS AT THE PEUGEOT 308TCR IN BARCELONA
TCR EUROPE - ROUND #11-12/14 - Barcelona, Spain.
The TCR Europe had an appointment this weekend on the International race track of Barcelona for the penultimate round of the season. Teams and pilots customers of the Peugeot Sport competition racing service were at the meeting of the fifth event of the year. Julien Briché - Team JSB Competition - proved to be the best-performing driver of the weekend, front of 34 drivers. He made two podiums and scored the most points on the meeting. Results that confirm his place on the podium of TCR Europe with a second position overall. Back on this European weekend…
Julien Briché ensured that the Peugeot 308 TCR will head to the TCR Europe season finale in Monza as one of only two cars capable of winning the title, scoring two podiums in Barcelona and winning the opening race on the road.
A lightning start by Briché in race one from the second row of the grid gave him the lead by turn two, a position he masterfully controlled ahead of title rival Josh Files until the chequered flag. But Files had not taken up his grid position correctly and was penalised, which in turn had an impact on Briché: Files being out of position had given drivers behind him an incorrect reference point, which led to Briché also lining up in the wrong place. A five second time penalty was handed out, dropping Briché from first to second place.
There was more of the same brilliant wheelwork from Briché aboard his JSB Compétition-run Peugeot 308 TCR in race two. Starting from eighth, Briché picked his way through to the final podium position, his run including a clever move at Turn 10 in which he passed both Tom Coronel and Santiago Urrutia in one swoop.
Those two podiums ensured Briché completed the penultimate round of the TCR Europe season as the highest points scorer in Barcelona, narrowing his gap to 48 points with two races in Italy remaining this year.
Teddy Clairet and Jimmy Clairet (Team Clairet Sport), both of whom progressed to TCR Europe through Peugeot Sport’s Promotion Formula, were fighting for a place in the top 10 during the second race. Though Teddy was passed by championship contenders Briché and Files, he successfully brushed away the advances of Luca Engstler. His older brother Jimmy wasn’t quite as lucky, having been in contention for the top 10 but retiring three laps from the end.
Aurélien Comte (DG Sport Compétition), who piloted the Peugeot 308 TCR in the WTCR series last year, continued his streak of scoring points at every TCR Europe race meeting this season, picking up P15 in race two.
Gilles Colombani was back in Team Clairet Sport’s third Peugeot 308 TCR this weekend, making his second appearance in a car he shares with Sylvain Pussier and Stéphane Ventaja. All three earned their chance to compete in TCR Europe thanks to Peugeot Sport’s Promotion Formula, having racked up thousands of racing miles in the 308 Racing Cup before progressing to the continental championship.
Julien Briché had arrived in Barcelona third in the TCR Europe standings but departs in second. His strong form all year has been replicated in the 308 Racing Cup, in which he is championship leader.
WHAT THEY SAID…
Laurent GUYOT – PEUGEOT SPORT Customer Competition Manager:
“Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a circuit that favours balanced cars, as it has a bit of everything: long straights, fast and sweeping turns plus slow, technical bends. The Peugeot 308 TCR showed it had the best balance between all these areas, with Julien Briché winning race one on the road and then storming from eighth to third in the second race. In the end Julien did not get to keep his win, due to a mix-up with the grid slots that also caught out his championship rival. Despite this, he still has more wins than anyone else in TCR Europe this year, once again showing the 308 TCR’s outright pace.”
Julien BRICHÉ –JSB Competition driver / second in race one, third in race two:
“It wasn't as easy as it looked [in race one]. Before the race and in the first laps, there was some uncertainty with regard to the track conditions, as the surface was drying but still very damp. Still, my start was good. Then, there was the safety-car period, and you never know how this will affect the car, but the restart was good and eventually I could pull away a bit and build enough of a gap. Race two was very tough, fighting out there in very warm weather. I feel exhausted, but it is a good result! The car worked well in totally different conditions today!.”
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