THE INAUGURAL 308 RACING CUP LIVES UP TO ITS PROMISE!
Round #6/6, Paul Ricard : october, 14 &15th 2017
The final round of the inaugural 308 Racing Cup at Circuit Paul Ricard, France, attracted a record-breaking field of 21 PEUGEOT 308 Racing Cups for the season’s last two races! Julien Briché, who wrapped up the series last month at Magny-Cours, was beaten over the line both times in the south of France by Jimmy Clairet, while Denis GIBAUD clinched the 2017 Gentleman Drivers’ crown.
- The inaugural 308 Racing Cup was dominated by Julien BRICHE who collected seven wins and four other podium finishes from 12 starts. However, despite enjoying success at all the venues visited up to and including MagnyCours, he failed to notch up a victory at Circuit Paul Ricard.
- Both races in the south of France were won by Jimmy CLAIRET who added to his earlier victories at Dijon and Magny-Cours to come third in the final overall standings. And to prove that PEUGEOT SPORT’s approach to its customer competition activities is often a family affair, he was joined on the year’s final podium by his younger brother Teddy CLAIRET who came a brilliant second.
- 17-year old Maxime POTTY made an impact by earning a front-row start for Sunday’s dice followed by a top-four placing, his best result of the campaign. Teddy CLAIRET – who was already sure of 2017’s Junior honours – took both wins in the class, in addition to finishing twice on the overall podium.
- Denis GIBAUD crowned his strong end to the season in highly satisfying style by securing the inaugural 308 Racing Cup’s Gentleman Drivers’ prize with two class victories at Circuit Paul Ricard.
QUOTE – UNQUOTE …
Bruno Famin (Director, Peugeot Sport):
“This first 308 Racing Cup has been a real success. We were extremely pleased to see the grids get bigger round after round and the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup lived up every bit to our expectations in terms of the performance, reliability, level playing field and driving enjoyment it ensured. The races themselves delivered plenty of exciting action in every class. We are proud to have succeeded in providing a car and a competitive framework that gave drivers of all ages and levels of experience a chance to indulge their passion at the wheel of a Peugeot. We have every confidence that the 2018 308 Racing Cup will feature even bigger grids. The same prizes will be up for grabs and the calendar will be extended with the addition of Barcelona.
Julien Briché, (JSB Compétition) – 1st, 2017 308 RACING CUP:
“Along with my team, we finished on the podium at every meeting. Sure, it would have been nice to have ended the year with a win but I faced some stiff competition from Jimmy and Teddy for whom I have a great deal of respect. They both made good progress over the season. I am proud to have won the opportunity to race as a works Peugeot Sport driver. I can’t wait to drive the new PEUGEOT 308 TCR.”
Teddy Clairet (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) – 1st Junior class:
“I had a good season. Along with my brother, we were consistently competitive, with several top-three finishes and a number of one-two results to show for our efforts. I’m thrilled to have bagged the Junior title. We lacked a little experience over the year, especially at Spa-Francorchamps, but we finished strongly. The only thing I failed to achieve was an outright victory. I learnt a great deal during 2017 and I’m really looking forward to contesting a TCR race, at Spa, with Denis Gibaud next year.”
Denis Gibaud (Milan Compétition) – 1st Gentleman Driver class:
“My season didn’t get off to the best of starts. I wasn’t competitive at Nogaro, then I was overly cautious at Pau. I had problems at Dijon where I also picked up a drive-through penalty, and I missed Spa. Things went better at Magny-Cours, though, and I won both races at Circuit Paul Ricard to clinch the title. I’m really pleased with the outcome which is a great reward for all the hard work put in over the year.”
RACE RESULTS AT CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD
Race 1: J. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport), 11 laps. T. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) (J), +0.421s. J. BRICHE (JSB Compétition), +0.627s. J. GILBERT (Malti Compétition) +3.267s. X. FOUINEAU (JSB Compétition), +3.678s. Etc.
Race 2: J. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport), 12 laps. J. BRICHE (JSB Compétition), +1.781s. T. CLAIRET (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) (J), +1.946s. M. POTTY (JSB Compétition), +2.144s. N. MILAN (Milan Compétition), +13.176s. J. GILBERT (Malti Compétition), +4.767s. Etc.
FINAL 308 RACING CUP STANDING
Overall: J. BRICHE (208 points). T. CLAIRET (144). J. CLAIRET (136). N. MILAN (78). G. PALETOU (71). Etc.
Junior: T. CLAIRET (144 points). G. PALETOU (71). M. POTTY (58). A. RICHARD (56). M. BOULIN (5). Etc.
Gentleman Drivers: D. GIBAUD (16 points). C. JAQUILLARD (10). T. BOYER (9). R. VILLANUEVA (8).
Teams: Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport (305 points). JSB Compétition (283). Milan Compétition (160). GPA Racing (139). Malti Compétition (54). DRM by GPA Racing (28).