TEDDY CLAIRET BECOMES A DOUBLE CHAMPION!

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308 RACING CUP Round #6/6, Paul Ricard (France) | 13 - 14 October 2018

Having won 6 out of the 12 races in the 2018 308 Racing Cup season, Teddy Clairet has claimed both the overall and Junior titles. The Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport driver finished ahead of Julien Briché, last year’s champion, and Jimmy Clairet. Stéphane Ventaja is the Gentleman Driver champion. Throughout the 2018 season, an average of around 20 Peugeot 308 Racing Cup cars competed on some of the most impressive circuits in France and abroad. The final brought together all the different title contenders at the legendary Paul Ricard circuit.


  • The season’s final encounter on the Paul Ricard Circuit took place using the track’s Formula 1 configuration: the home of the French Grand Prix.
     
  • Teddy Clairet (#20 - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) stood on the top step of the podium 6 times (in Nogaro, Spa-Francorchamps, Dijon, Barcelona and LeCastellet) and wrapped up the overall and Junior titles.
     
  • Having battled for the overall title right up to the final weekend, 2017 champion Julien Briché (#4 - JSB Compétition) finished 2nd. Next weekend, he will be fighting for the TCR Benelux title with the Peugeot 308 TCR.
     
  • Thanks to his win in the final race of the 2018 season at Paul Ricard, Jimmy Clairet (#21 - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) was 3rd overall in the final championship standings. David Pouget (#15 - GPA Racing) – who was on the podium 6 times this year - finished 4th.
     
  • Following in the footsteps of Teddy Clairet, a number of other Junior drivers stood out: Amaury Richard (#23 - GPA Racing), Florian Briché (#24 - JSB Compétition), Lilou Wadoux (#99 - JSB Compétition) and Louis Meric (#31 - LM31) were all in the top 6 during the weekend!
     
  • Having already made her mark on her debut in the 308 Racing Cup in Barcelona, Lilou Wadoux – the 1st female driver to take part in the 308 Racing Cup – took a step up to the next level at Paul Ricard thanks to a 5th place in Race 1, and a podium in the Junior classification in Race 2.
     
  • Among the Gentleman Drivers, Stéphane Ventaja (#81 - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) left it to the last race of the season to make sure of the title.
     
  • Finally, Jean-Marie Clairet and his Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport squad won not only the drivers, Junior, and Gentleman titles but also the 2018 teams’ championship.
 
 
WHAT THEY SAID
 
Bruno FAMIN – PEUGEOT Sport Director
“The 2018 season will go down as a very nice one for the 308 Racing Cup. The emergence of young talents, fighting against more experienced drivers set up a true battle of the generations, at the wheel of a car that worked well for everyone in terms of driving pleasure and reliability. Congratulations to Teddy Clairet who showed just how competitive he is, and many thanks to everyone involved in this memorable 308 Racing Cup season.”
 
Laurent GUYOT–PEUGEOT Sport Customer Competition Manager
“This season will be remembered for young drivers coming to the fore. Having won his title, Teddy Clairet is now assured of a bright future. The performances from Amaury Richard, Florian Briché and Louis Meric have also been remarkable. Following the exact template of Peugeot Sport’s promotional formulas,  which are meant to take drivers from one level to the next, Lilou Wadoux made a perfect transition from the 208 Racing Cup to the 308 Racing Cup – having shown her potential in a car with 308 horsepower. At a time when the motorsport world is looking for future female stars, Lilou Wadoux is ready to step up to the plate!”
 
Teddy CLAIRET – Pilote Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport
2018 308 Racing Cup champion and Junior champion
“It’s been a long season. We started at the end of March. I’m happy because we scored some pole positions, race wins, and even a double: I won both the overall and the Junior title, and the team won the teams’ title too. Our objective was to try and win everything this year and we’ve managed to do it. It’s really been a perfect season for us. We’ve worked hard to get to this level, on the cars as well as on the data. These results don’t just fall from the sky and we were determined to succeed in this challenge, to honour André Bourdon. In terms of quality, the 308 Racing Cup field has nothing to fear from any other one-make series, as drivers such as Julien Briché and David Pouget have been incredibly fierce rivals. There have been lots of drivers fighting for the titles in the other categories as well.”
 
Lilou WADOUX – JSB Compétition driver
4th in the provisional 208 Racing Cup classification, 3rd in Race 2, 308 Racing Cup Junior series
“My season isn’t finished yet in the 208 Racing Cup, and my goal is to finish on the overall podium. At the start of the season we were aiming for a top 5 finish in my 2nd year of the category. Since Dijon, we decided to drive in the 308 Racing Cup as well. I had to learn the car and also the Barcelona and Le Castellet circuits. From Barcelona, everything went well. I finished 10th and 8th. Here, it looked complicated but I finished 5th and 6th. Let’s see what we end up doing next year. In terms of driving, I can play with the 208 Racing Cup car, whereas the 308 Racing Cup is truly glued to the track. It was a bit tricky to adapt to this slick tyre philosophy.”
 
Jimmy CLAIRET –PUSSIER AUTOMOBILES BY CLAIRET SPORT driver
3rd in the overall classification & 1st in Race 2
“It was my 1st win of the season. I got off to a sensible start. Florian made a mistake on lap 1 and Julien did the same a bit later. Teddy left the door open, which allowed me to take the lead and win the race. It was the perfect way for him to thank me after everything I’ve done for him all year! We won 4 titles. Our thoughts are with André Bourdon for everything he taught us, which will remain with us for life. A big thank you to Julien Briché for his sportsmanship. He is also somebody who has taught us so much over the last two years.”
 
SPOTLIGHT ON 2019 :
 
  • The same 308 Racing Cup format remains in 2019 with a pair of 30-minute free practice sessions on Friday. Then there is a 25-minute qualifying session and a 30-minute race  on Saturday and Sunday.
     
  • The calendar will take in 6 dates alongside the French GT4 Championship, Open GT and TCR Europe.
Nogaro (France) 20-22 April
Hockenheim (Germany) 24-26 May
Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) 21-23 June
Lédenon (France) 12-14 July
Magny-Cours (France) 13-15 September
Paul Ricard (France) 11-13 October
  • 3 categories are on offer: Pro (25 years or older, with proven results), Amateur (25 years or older, with no proven results) and Junior (less than 25 years old).
     
  • The winner of the Pro category will win a new Peugeot 308 TCR and PEUGEOT Sport factory driver status.
     
  • The top amateur driver will be invited to take part in a TCR Europe race in 2020 and the 1st Junior will be given a Peugeot Sport test in the Peugeot 308 TCR.
 
RACE REPORT
RACE 1 :
 
  • His sights already fixed on the title since Saturday, Teddy Clairet (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) sprung into action with pole position in Race 1, ahead of his brother Jimmy Clairet (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport).
     
  • Julien Briché (JSB Compétion) and Xavier Fouineau (JSB Compétition) followed on the 2nd row ahead of Junior drivers Florian Briché (JSB Compétition) and Lilou Wadoux (JSB Compétition).
     
  • When the lights went out, Teddy Clairet took the lead.  He soon pulled out a big gap, taking advantage of a fierce battle between Jimmy Clairet, Julien Briché and Xavier Fouineau.
     
  • In the midst of the fight, Jimmy Clairet spun, ensuring a win for Teddy Clairet – who was then guaranteed the title – ahead of Julien Briché.
     
  • In the Junior category, behind Teddy Clairet, there were some more big scraps between Amaury Richard, Florian Briché, Lilou Wadoux and Louis Meric.
     
  • Amaury Richard, 2nd in the Junior category, was also on the overall podium. Denis Gibaud won the Gentleman Driver class.
 
RACE 2 :
 
  • Teddy Clairet, Julien Briché and Florian Briché completed the 2nd qualifying session within a 10th of a second of each other, ahead of Jimmy Clairet, Amaury Richard and Lilou Wadoux.
     
  • Teddy Clairet got the best start again in Race 2, ahead of Julien Briché. Just behind them, Jimmy Clairet got past Florian Briché on lap 1.
     
  • Julien Briché found a way to get past into 1st place but went off the racing line just before the halfway point.
     
  • Teddy Clairet reclaimed the lead, ahead of his older brother Jimmy. With 5 laps to go, the positions were swapped. Jimmy Clairet took the lead and Julien Briché also got past Teddy Clairet to claim 2nd.
     
  • The podium remained unchanged all the way to the finish. Thanks to his 1st race win, Jimmy Clairet finished 3rd in the 308 Racing Cup ahead of David Pouget. In this final race, Amaury Richard was classified 4th (2nd of the Juniors) ahead of Xavier Fouineau, Lilou Wadoux (3rd Junior), Louis Meric, Florian Briché, Sylvain Pussier and Xavier Guyonnet.
     
  • In the Gentleman Driver class, victory went once more to Denis Gibaud, although Stéphane Ventaja had a sufficient advantage in the championship to be sure of the title.
 
RACE RESULTS :
 
Results 308 Racing Cup – Paul Ricard Circuit – Race 1
 
  1. Teddy Clairet – Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport 12 laps (J)
  2. Julien Briché – JSB Compétition +1.007
  3. Amaury Richard – GPA Racing +15.449 (J)
  4. Florian Briché – JSB Compétition +17.226 (J)
  5. Lilou Wadoux – JSB Compétition +19.282 (J)
  6. Louis Meric – LM31 +23.401 (J)
  7. Sylvain Pussier – Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport +29.315
  8. Xavier Guyonnet – GP Compétition by Clairet Sport +29.664
  9. Veenesh Shunker – CVS Autos by Clairet Sport +35.489
  10. Denis Gibaud – Milan Compétition +40.394…
 
Results 308 Racing Cup – Paul Ricard Circuit – Race 2
 
  1. Jimmy Clairet – Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport 12 laps
  2. Julien Briché – JSB Compétition +2.676
  3. Teddy Clairet – Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport +3.106 (J)
  4. Amaury Richard – GPA Racing +5.034 (J)
  5. Xavier Fouineau – JSB Compétition +12.905
  6. Lilou Wadoux – JSB Compétition +19.929 (J)
  7. Louis Meric – LM31 +20.798 (J)
  8. Florian Briché – JSB Compétition +27.037 (J)
  9. Sylvain Pussier – Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport +28.135
  10. Xavier Guyonnet – GP Compétition by Clairet Sport +28.953…
 
CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION (after PAUL RICARD #6/6)
  1. Teddy Clairet - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport 203 points (CHAMPION & 1st JUNIOR 2018)
  2. Julien Briché - JSB Compétition 181points
  3. Jimmy Clairet - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport 121 points
  4. David Pouget - GPA RACING 116 points
  5. Amaury Richard - GPA RACING 94 points (J)
  6. Florian Briché - JSB Compétition 64 points
  7. Xavier Fouineau - JSB Compétition 60 points
  8. Sylvain Pussier - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport 37 points
  9. Frederic Caprasse – JSB Compétition 33 points
  10. Louis Méric – LM31 29 points (J)
  11. Veenesh Shunker - CVS Autos by Clairet Sport 26 points
  12. Stephane Ventaja - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport 25 points (GENTLEMAN)
  13. Laurent Richard – GPA Racing 23 points (G)
  14. Marc Guillot - Milan Compétition 17 points
  15. Denis Gibaud - Milan Compétition 15 points (G)
  16. Fabio Mota - JSB Compétition 12 points
  17. Gilles Colombani - Carsyt’M Racing 12 points
  18. Nicolas Milan – Milan Compétition 11 points
  19. Xavier Guyonnet – GP Compétition by Clairet Sport 11 points
  20. Samuel Chaligne - SC Sport by Clairet Sport 5 points
  21. Gaetan Paletou – Milan Compétition 4 points (J)
  22. Rodolphe Spitz – JSB Compétition 4 points
  23. Thierry Boyer - Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport 3 points
PS : New entries to the championship are not allowed to score points at this stage in the season.
 
MÉDIA CONTENT
 
SOCIAL NETWORKS: Races 1&2 can be watched on 308 Racing Cup Facebook
 
CONTACTS
 
PEUGEOT Sport Customer Competition Manager
Laurent GUYOT : laurent.guyot@mpsa.com
 
308 Racing Cup Sporting and Entries Manager
Patrick SINAULT : +33 06 07 34 14 16 / patrick@signature-team.com
 
PEUGEOT Sport Customer Competition Communications Manager
Etienne DEVIERRE : +33 6 64 82 27 38 / etienne.devierre@ext.mpsa.com
 
PEUGEOT Sport Customer Competition Press Officer (circuits)
Marie-Hélène BACLE : +33 6 64 13 84 49 / mariehelenevroum@gmail.com
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