Peugeot

ERC


BARUM CZECH RALLY ZLIN (29-31 AUGUST): THE PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY BACK IN ACTION AFTER SUMMER BREAK

image More than two months after the team’s last appearance at Belgium’s Geko Ypres Rally in June, the Peugeot Rally Academy kicks off the second part of its 2014 ERC campaign in the Czech Republic where two Peugeot 208 T16s will appear in the hands of Craig Breen and Kevin Abbring, along with a Peugeot 208 R2 for Stéphane Lefebvre. The Peugeot squad will be targeting a seventh win for the Peugeot 208 T16 this season on this hugely popular event.

 

The Barum Czech Rally Zlin… a top FIA ERC fixture…

The 122 crews registered for the 44th running of the Czech event, round eight of the 2014 ERC, features almost 238 competitive kilometres divided into 15 special stages. The entry list includes 208 T16s for Craig Breen and Kevin Abbring, plus a 208 R2 for Stéphane Lefebvre. In addition to the Peugeot Rally Academy trio, Christopher Ingram and Gino Bux are also taking part in 208 R2s with backing from Peugeot UK (which was behind Kris Meeke’s programme in the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 in 2009) and Peugeot Belgium Luxembourg (also active in the IRC and ERC over the years) respectively. Bruno Magalhães, who secured one of the 208 T16’s first outright successes on the island of Madeira, will be in the Czech Republic, as well. image

 

Craig Breen’s sights set on title…

Craig Breen and Scott Martin are third in the provisional ERC standings and will be out to narrow the 48-point gap that separates them from the current leader, Finland’s Esapekka Lappi. The Irishman is reputed for his speed on asphalt and his aim is to notch up his second victory of the year after his triumph on March’s Acropolis Rally. He will have the benefit of his previous visit to the Czech rally in 2011. After what has been a studious break for everyone at the Peugeot Rally Academy, Craig and Scott will be able to count on the work put in over the summer to make the 208 T16 an even more reliable and competitive package. They have been seeded number one and fully intend to honour that status by figuring at the top of the leaderboard at the finish in Zlin on Sunday evening. image

 

Kevin Abbring eager for revenge

After coming close to winning in Ypres where he emerged ahead of the Belgian classic’s multiple winner Freddy Loix, Kevin Abbring has his sights on a top result this weekend. He came second in the Acores and, along with his co-driver Sebastian Marshall, has consistently challenged for victory each time out this season. They certainly have the ability and speed required to get their score off the mark in the Czech Republic. image

 

Stéphane Lefebvre: in a strong position for the FIA ERC Junior title!

Stéphane Lefebvre currently sits second in the FIA ERC Junior standings, a single point short of fellow 208 R2 runner Jan Černý, and his objective in the Czech Republic is to move to the top of the table. The Frenchman and his co-driver Thomas Dubois have already won the category in the Acores and in Ypres and hope to make it three in a row in Zlìn. Stéphane is perfectly familiar with the 208 R2 with which he has secured 32 fastest times, but he won’t be able to afford to make any mistakes against his direct rival who will be competing on home soil. Chris Ingram/Gabin Moreau and Gino Bux/Eric Borguet are respectively third and fourth in the provisional FIA ERC Junior standings in their respective 208 R2s. The Peugeot UK- and Peugeot Finance-backed Englishman is a quick up-and-coming youngster whose association with the 208 R2 promises to reap rewards very soon. Gino Bux, too, benefits from support from a Peugeot subsidiary, namely Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg, and he stands out as another potential podium finisher, as he demonstrated in the Acores. The seven other 208 R2 drivers on the entry list include Andrea Crugnola who came second behind Stéphane Lefebvre in Ypres. image

 

The 208 T16 en route to another win in 2014?

The 208 T16 has already collected six wins this season (two in Italy with Paolo Andreucci, two in Denmark with Christian Jensen, one in Portugal with Bruno Magalhães and ERC success for Craig Breen in Greece). It has also provided an eloquent demonstration of its speed with a score of 28 stage victories in the ERC (Breen: 13 / Abbring: 15) and is a serious contender each time out. Victory in the Czech Republic on Sunday would see Peugeot Sport’s latest challenger join the 206 WRC (2002, in the hands of Renato Travaglia) and the 207 S2000 (2007, Nicolas Vouilloz / 2008, Freddy Loix) on the list of Barum Czech Rally Zlìn winners. image

 

Drivers quotes:

Craig Breen: «It’s great to be back in the company of everyone at the Peugeot Rally Academy for the Barum Czech Rally Zlìn. It’s been some time since our last outing together in Ypres and I can’t wait to get back in the 208 T16. I did this rally in 2011 and it really is a one-off event, with extremely narrow, but fast and bumpy stages. Changeable weather frequently adds to its complexity and there is likely to be a close fight for the top places, not only between the leading ERC drivers, but also between the local crews who are very quick. Scott [Martin] and I will just try to give it our very best shot.» image

 

Kevin Abbring: «I have fond recollections of this rally because I won the two-wheel drive class here in 2010. I believe it has changed a bit since then, though. If the weather is dry, it will probably be a delicate exercise because of the changes in grip levels but I think it will be exciting because the stages flow nicely. If it rains, it will be more complex because there is a great deal of black-top asphalt which can become as slippery as ice, and it’s the sort of hazard that is difficult to note. There are always a lot of spectators and the atmosphere is incredible, but it could turn out to be one of the toughest rounds of the championship.» image

 

Stéphane Lefebvre: «This is my first attempt at the Barum Czech Rally Zlìn. My sights are set on the FIA ERC Junior title so I will need to win. My main rival will probably be Jan Černý because it’s his home event and he is leading the championship. We’ll do our best to match his pace and hopefully beat him!» image

 

Provisional championship positions:
1 Esapekka LAPPI (Skoda Fabia Super 2000) 118 points – 2. Sepp WIEGAND (Skoda Fabia Super 2000) 78 points – 3. CRAIG BREEN / SCOTT MARTIN (PEUGEOT 208 T16) 70 points – 4. Vasily GRYAZIN (Ford Fiesta Super 2000) 53 points – 5. Kajetan KAJETANOWICZ (Ford Fiesta R5) 48 points – 6. Robert KUBICA (Ford Fiesta RRC) 39 points – 7. Ott TANAK (Ford Fiesta R5) et KEVIN ABBRING / SEBASTIAN MARSHALL (PEUGEOT 208 T16) 38 points  etc…

Timetable:
Wednesday (August 27): recce
Thursday (August 28): recce / scrutineering and documentation
Friday (August 29): qualifying / test s/ start ceremony / Zlìn super-special
Saturday (August 30) and Sunday (August 31): 2014 Barum Czech Rally Zlìn

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FIA JUNIOR WRC



A THIRD WIN FOR STÉPHANE LEFEBVRE

WRC DEUTSCHLAND 2014

  • Stéphane Lefebvre and Thomas Dubois claimed a third Junior WRC win at Rallye Deutschland in their DS3 R3, adding to victories secured in Portugal and Poland.
  • The podium was completed by the German Christian Riedemann and the Frenchman Quentin Giordano.
  • Stéphane Lefebvre will have the chance to wrap up the title and secure a WRC2 programme for next year in a DS3 R5 on home soil, at the Rallye de France on 2-5 October.

 

Ten crews had been entered for this, the fourth round of the season. The rally saw the return of local hero Christian Riedemann, alongside co-driver Michael Wenzel, and the WRC debuts of Eric Camilli and Mohammed Al Mutawa, two drivers taken from Citroën Racing’s talent finding programmes.

At his home round, Christian Riedemann got off to the best start on Friday morning. Leader throughout the first loop, the German lost ground to the French pair of Stéphane Lefebvre and Eric Camilli after collecting a twenty-second penalty (for arriving late at the midday service exit time control).

On his first appearance in the World Championship, and having competed fewer than twenty rallies in his young career, Eric Camilli made a very strong impression as he took the lead after SS5. However, the following morning, the Frenchman went off the road during the first run on the 42 kilometre-long Panzerplatte Lang (SS10). Stéphane Lefebvre reclaimed first place, ahead of Christian Riedemann, Martin Koci, Quentin Giordano and Alastair Fisher.

The top two continued to extend their lead over the rest of the field, whilst Martin Koci also went off on Panzerplatte Lang 2 (SS14). Stéphane Lefebvre ended day two almost a minute clear of Christian Riedemann in second. Quentin Giordano and Alastair Fisher were over four minutes back after picking up punctures. Simone Tempestini, Kornel Lukacs, Mohammed Al Mutawaa and Federico Della Casa rounded off the overall standings.

The top of the leaderboard remained unchanged after Sunday’s final leg. Stéphane Lefebvre controlled from the front to secure a third win in four events. He finished ahead of Christian Riedemann. Quentin Giordano grabbed a third consecutive podium finish as held off Alastair Fisher, Simone Tempestini and Kornel Lukacs to take third place. Mohammed Al Mutawaa and Federico Della Casa retired with the finish in sight.

Thanks to this new win, Stéphane Lefebvre has strengthened his position at the top of FIA Junior WRC standings. He is now 29 points clear of Martin Koci. Quentin Giordano, Christian Riedemann and Alastair Fisher are bunched together, less than ten points behind Koci. In the Nations Trophy, France leads from Slovakia, Germany and Great Britain.

The next round is the Rallye de France Alsace, due to be held on 2-5 October.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE

Stéphane Lefebvre: “I’m very pleased to have taken my third win in four events. This was my first rally in the DS3 R3 on tarmac. We were among the frontrunners from the word go. And when we moved into the lead, we were able to control the gap. It was important to pick up some points after our mistake in Finland.”

Christian Riedemann: “I feel a little bit frustrated by this result. We were too cautious on Saturday on Panzerplatte by driving the stage without checking the splits. And it was difficult to make up the time lost after we were handed the twenty-second penalty for arriving at the time control late after changing the gearbox. However, we showed that we could compete with Stéphane Lefebvre. I hope I can take my revenge at the next round in France.”

Quentin Giordano: “This is our third podium running in the Junior WRC. We drove well to hold off our main rivals. I’m very pleased with this result, which enables us to consolidate our third position in the championship. I’m really looking forward to the next round, at home, at the Rallye de France.”

SPA GP 2014

FORMULA 1



RICCIARDO HANGS ON FOR ANOTHER WIN WHILST ROSBERG IS IN TROUBLE AT MERCEDES AND BOTTAS CONTINUES TO IMPRESS.

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: WINNER! Start Position: 5th
“You know everyone was saying we didn’t really have a chance around here, but I think we had some really good pace today and surprised ourselves. It feels a bit surreal, but another win is very cool, very cool. It was difficult staying out at the end of the race. When you’re the leader as well you always feel like you’re the most vulnerable when it comes to a pit stop or not, but Simon my engineer came on the radio and said I think it’s 11 laps left, can these tyres get to the end? And I said I think I can keep more or less this pace, and we were able to, and then on the last lap I found a couple more tenths, so I was having a bit of fun then! There’s been a lot of good things about the win today, obviously the last two came from a more aggressive style of race, but today was more calculated and it was nice to win under different circumstances.”
Nico Rosberg: That was a tough race. We had the pace to win today but the incident cost us a top result, so I’m really disappointed because for the team it was a bad day. As drivers, we are here to entertain and to show the fans a good time, so our duels are always on the limit. I regret that Lewis and myself touched, but I see it as a racing incident – just as the stewards did. I was quicker down the straight and went to the outside as the inside line was blocked. I gave it a go and, after we touched, I realized that my front wing was damaged and thought that was it. In the next second I saw that Lewis also had a problem, which was very unfortunate for him and for the team. We sat down quickly after the race but there will be some more meetings to be held in to avoid races like today.
Valtteri Bottas: Our pace was solid today and a lot better than in qualifying, with some good battles with the Ferrari’s and Red Bull’s, and I think third was probably the right result. I was stuck behind slower cars at the beginning which made the first stint difficult, but I managed to make my way past cars when it was needed and that was important for my race. We came into this race aiming for a podium and it is very satisfying to achieve that after an up and down weekend with tricky weather and Felipe being very unlucky today with debris.
Felipe Nasr (Carlin)

GP2



Nasr storms to sprint victory

Williams F1 test driver Felipe Nasr was untouchable on his way to an easy win in this morning’s sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps, easily taking the lead at the start of the race and pulling away at will, claiming his fourth victory of the season from Johnny Cecotto and title rival Jolyon Palmer.
The win was set up at the start when the Brazilian made a sharp getaway from fifth as the lights went out: ahead of him poleman Daniel Abt made a decent start but fellow front row starter Artem Markelov struggled on the damp side of the circuit, holding up the second row enough to give Nasr a clean run up the inside at La Source for the lead ahead of Abt, Palmer and a fast starting Cecotto.
Abt and Palmer were fighting hard along the Kemmel straight and entered Les Combes together: the Briton went straight while the German wobbled, losing positions to his rivals behind him and allowing Cecotto to get onto Palmer’s rear wing, with the inevitable overtake coming after taking advantage of the tow on Kemmel next time by to claim P2 and a clear view of Nasr up front.
Behind them André Negrao, who had made a strong start from P9 on the grid to put himself up to fifth in the race, soon had the Mitch Evans / Stoffel Vandoorne train on his tail looking for a way through: the Kiwi driver made a brave pass at Blanchimont on lap 7 to take the Brazilian’s position, with the McLaren test driver taking the inside line at Les Combes next time through to resume battle with Evans.
Back at the front Cecotto was pushing hard to challenge Nasr, but it was clear that the Brazilian was protecting his tyres for use at the end of the race: Nasr was able to push wherever he needed and was untroubled by the Venezuelan’s best efforts, easily claiming the win by 5 seconds over Cecotto, with Palmer another 2 seconds back but just holding off a hard charging Evans, who eased past a struggling Abt out of Eau Rouge on the final lap. The German had just enough left to hold off Vandoorne for fifth, with a spectacular drive by Stefano Coletti being rewarded with P7 from P24 on the grid, ahead of Negrao in the final points position.
Palmer’s weekend was tough by the standards of his year to date but he still maintains the lead in the drivers’ championship ahead of Nasr, with the gap reduced now to 210 points from the Brazilian’s 178, with Vandoorne’s third place under pressure from Cecotto, 135 points to 127, with Evans on 110 points and Coletti on 98. In the teams’ title DAMS are holding on in the lead ahead of Carlin, 251 points to 244, with ART Grand Prix in 3rd on 161 points from Racing Engineering on 155 and Trident on 149 ahead of the next round in Monza in two week’s time.
Spa-Francorchamps – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
2.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
3.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
4.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
5.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
7.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
8.
André Negrao
Arden International
9.
Tom Dillmann
EQ8 Caterham Racing
10.
Julian Leal
Carlin
11.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
12.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
13.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
14.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
15.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
16.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
17.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
18.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
19.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
20.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
22.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
23.
Rene Binder
Arden International
Not Classified
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport

Fastest Lap: Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Rapax) – 1:58.432on lap 13

Lynn, Stanaway, Fontana

GP3



Lynn holds off Stanaway in Spa Race 2

Series leader and Red Bull Junior Team driver Alex Lynn faced one of his biggest challenges of the season today, resisting the determined efforts of Status Grand Prix’s Richie Stanaway until the chequered flag in an epic battle. The Brit was victorious, extending his advantage in the Series, with his nearest title rival Stanaway second. ART Grand Prix’s Alex Fontana was third.
Race 2 was run under sunshine but in damp, foggy and chilly conditions. Lynn made a good start from his reverse pole, with Stanaway and Fontana retaining their positions behind. Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix) was doing his best to find a way past Jann Mardenborough (Arden International) for P4, whilst Jenzer Motorsport’s Pal Varhaug lost two places at the start to P6.
After lap one, Lynn had built a 1.8s margin back to Stanaway in second, as the two traded fastest laps early on with the deficit changing each lap. Pressure mounted on Fontana in third after he ran wide at Les Combes, giving Mardenborough the change to hunt the Swiss driver down. Spa Race 1 winner Dean Stoneman lost a place at the start after Emil Bernstorff had passed him in a brave move through Eau Rouge and several laps later, the Marussia Manor Racing driver returned the favour to take eighth.
On lap five, Patric Niederhauser crashed out of the race at turn five after starting from the pitlane.
The two at the front began pulling a large lead of over 11 seconds to Fontana in third, however drama was to come when race leader Lynn made a small error, losing control of his Carlin machine in a slide, which allowed Stanaway to sniff a chance of the lead and the Kiwi grabbed it. Lynn soon retaliated and passed the Status Grand Prix driver a few corners later, with Stanaway forced deep losing some time to his Series rival.
Varhaug out-braked himself under huge pressure from Dino Zamparelli, which allowed the ART Grand Prix driver through, as well as Bernstorff with Stoneman ready to attack. Stanaway reeled Lynn in for another attempt of snatching the lead, but it wasn’t to be and the Brit increased the margin to the Status Grand Prix driver to three seconds in the closing laps.
Luis Sa Silva crashed at the top of Eau Rouge on the final corner which was covered by yellow flags as Lynn came home to take the chequered flag and pocket his first race two victory in the Series. Stanaway and Fontana completed the rostrum, the Swiss driver bagging two extra points for fastest lap which was achieved on his final tour.
Mardenborough, Yelloly, Bernstorff, Zamparelli and Varhaug took the final points, with Stoneman being denied the final point in a fantastic tussle with the Norwegian up until the finishing line. Lynn (153 points) holds a commanding advantage to Stanaway in the Series (121) with Yelloly, Bernstorff and Eriksson on 95, 91 and 85 points respectively.
Carlin top the Teams’ Standings on 248, with Status Grand Prix next up on 216 and ART Grand Prix in third on 181. It’s not too long to wait for GP3 to return to action, Round 7 of the GP3 Series season takes place at the historic Monza in Italy on 05-07 September.
Spa-Francorchamps – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
2.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
3.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
4.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
5.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
6.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
7.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
8.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
9.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
10.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
11.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident
12.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
13.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
14.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
15.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
16.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
17.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
18.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
20.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
21.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
John Bryant-Meisner
Trident
23.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
Not Classified
 
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
 
 
Fastest Lap : Alex Fontana– ART Grand Prix : 2 :07.448 on lap 13
Raffaele Marciello (Racing Engineering)

GP2



Marciello takes first win in chaotic feature race

  Raffaele Marciello has claimed a long overdue debut win in sodden conditions in today’s feature race at Spa-Francorchamps, with the Ferrari Academy driver surviving the oppressive conditions and overtaking local man Stoffel Vandoorne late in the race for the win, with a distant Johnny Cecotto rounding out the podium.
The McLaren test driver started his home race from pole position, with Series leader Jolyon Palmer alongside him, and with the rain starting as the lights came on Vandoorne used his local experience to easily lead the grid towards La Source: Palmer spun his wheels and dropped backwards, with Marciello running wide at the corner and allowing Mitch Evans and Johnny Cecotto through.
The downpour (and Conor Daly’s stopped car) saw the safety car come out next time round, which still didn’t stop Evans spinning back a few spots. Sanity prevailed and the race was red flagged soon after, with the race getting restarted behind the safety car 15 minutes later, with Vandoorne leading from Cecotto, Marciello, Nathanaël Berthon, Felipe Nasr, Evans, Simon Trummer and Palmer.
The race went live on lap five, with Cecotto sneaking through into the lead at La Source but running wide at Les Combes, handing the position back to Vandoorne at his team’s instruction a few corners later. Behind them Nasr moved up a spot at the Bus Stop next time through, and the Venezuelan soon had his mirrors full of red: Marciello blew past at Les Combes a few laps later and was chasing Vandoorne soon after.
The top two were in a race of their own as they exchanged fastest laps, while behind them Berthon and Trummer came together out of Les Combes and fell back down the order. It was clear that the leaders were hoping the track would dry enough for slicks, but when Palmer came in on lap 14 he re-emerged with wets, with most of his rivals repeating his actions shortly after.
Back at the front Vandoorne pitted on lap 17, followed by Cecotto, while Marciello stayed out for two quick laps before coming in, re-emerging right on his rivals rear wing just as Evans squeezed by Palmer behind them: the Italian clearly had better grip than the Belgian, pushing him hard all around the circuit before finally slicing inside Vandoorne at Rivage for the lead with 3 laps to go.
Marciello eased away from his rival to cross the line 2 seconds ahead of Vandoorne as the chequered flag dropped to claim his maiden GP2 win, with Cecotto a lonely third behind them, 4 seconds ahead of Nasr. Evans was easily fifth ahead of Palmer, who just held off an impressive Artem Markelov who picked up his first points with a strong drive all race for P7 ahead of Daniel Abt, who claimed tomorrow’s reverse pole from André Negrao on the penultimate lap, and Daniel de Jong, who picked up the last point on the last lap from Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.
Palmer’s Series lead has shortened a little, heading Nasr by 200 points to 161, with Vandoorne on 131 points ahead of Cecotto on 115, Evans on 102 and Stefano Coletti on 96 ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.
Spa-Francorchamps – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
2.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
3.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
4.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
5.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
6.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
7.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
8.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
9.
André Negrao
Arden International
10.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
11.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
12.
Tom Dillmann
EQ8 Caterham Racing
13.
Julian Leal
Carlin
14.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
15.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
16.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
17.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
18.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
19.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
20.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
21.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
22.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Not Classified
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
Rene Binder
Arden International
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Fastest Lap: Raffaele Marciello (Racing Engineering) – 2:16.422 on lap 21

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