The 308 Racing Cup Germany…

ROUND #2/6 – Hockenheim, Germany

The 308 RACING CUP visited Germany last weekend for the second round of the season, on the famous Hockenheim Formula 1 circuit, to support TCR Europe and the International GT Open series. A total of 19 Peugeot 308 RACING CUP cars were entered as part of the PEUGEOT SPORT promotional championship, which rewards the eventual winner with a PEUGEOT 308TCR.
The leader of the PRO category and the overall classification, Julien Briché, has seen his advantage eroded by Jimmy Clairet, who was both fast and consistent throughout the weekend. So far they have won two rounds each this season, and now only two points separate them in the overall classification as they head to the halfway point of the season in two weeks, at Spa-Francorchamps. Aurelien Renet won the JUNIOR classification, who was particularly at ease on the German circuit and had made consistent progress since the start of the season. In the AM category, Stéphane Ventaja and Sylvain Pussier shared the victories.
In TCR Europe, four drivers – all of whom came from PEUGEOT SPORT’s promotional championships – placed the 308TCR in the top 10 of Race 1 and Julien Briché won Race 2, followed by Aurélien Comte in second. These results show the level of performance of the 308TCR, which has been specifically developed by Satory’s engineers to comply with the international TCR regulations.

 

308 RACING CUP
Jimmy Clairet was the emphatic winners of both races during the Hockenheim weekend, with two fastest laps and pole position in race 1. His performance allowed him to close within just two points of championship leader Julien Briché, who suffered a bad weekend with just a seventh place and a third place in the two races. Spa-Francorchamps will play host to a re-match, before they embark on the second half of the season.
Aurélien Renet, who was the 2018 208 Racing Cup champion, showed his great form by taking pole position in race 2his fourth race in the one-make series. Jimmy Clairet got past him at the beginning of race 2, but Renet still took an excellent second place. It was a significant result that underlined his solid progress and put him in the lead of the JUNIOR category (taking fifth overall).
Xavier Fouineau also did an excellent job. He was on the podium twice (finishing second and third in each race) and hung onto his third place overall in the championshipJohan Boris Scheier, who was unlucky this weekend, dropped down to fourth place in the championship.
In the AM category (for drivers aged over 25 without an established track record of results), a category that represents 50% of the field on its ownStéphane Ventaja and Sylvain Pussier, the two owners of Team Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sportshared the victories.  They’re now separated by just a point, to the advantage of leader Sylvain Pussier.
The Team JFM Racing Juniors – Aurélien Renet et Florian Briché – achieved their objectives by fighting at the forefront. Fast, consistent and progressive since the start of the season, they will be among the drivers to watch at Spa-Francorchamps.
QUOTES…
Jimmy CLAIRET – 308 RACING CUP – Winner of Races 1 and 2
TEAM PUSSIER AUTOMOBILES BY CLAIRET SPORT
“ It was nearly a perfect weekend. I just missed out on pole position in the second qualifying session and I won the two races with two lap records. In the first race, I was quite quickly able to take an advantage over Fred (Caprasse) from the first corner, and despite the two safety cars, I was able to get away and win the race. The car was very comfortable and easy to drive. In Race 2, I had to take the advantage from Aurelien (Renet) at the start, because I knew that he was a little slower than me. So I made a good start and stayed concentrated. Everything went as planned all the way to the chequered flag. I’m very pleased that we were able to pull this off at the 308 Racing Cup this weekend for our team, as our learning curve in TCR Europe is a tough one : the races are very closely-fought and the gaps are very close. Now we’re going to have to make the most of this at Spa in two weeks!”

TCR EUROPE
  • The second round of the TCR Europe series saw the 308TCR – Peugeot Sport’s key weapon for customer competition on circuits – occupy four places in the top 10 of Race 1Julien Briché (4th), Aurélien Comte (7th), Teddy Clairet (9th) and Jimmy Clairet (10th) were able to rely on their experience gained through PEUGEOT SPORT’s promotional series to overcome the hazards of a pack of 32 cars on the track.
  • In Race 2the 308TCR won in the hands of Julien Briché (JSB Compétition), followed by Aurélien Comte (DG Sport) in second. These results allowed them to occupy second and fourth positions in the provisional championship classificationahead of the next round at Spa-Francorchamps in two weeks.
QUOTES…
Julien BRICHE – TCR EUROPE / PEUGEOT 308 TCR – Winner of Race 2
TEAM JSB COMPETITION
“ I’m happy. It wasn’t an easy weekend. I was fourth in race 1 on Saturday, which wasn’t bad. In race 2 I made a good start and closed the gap to Aurelien (Comte) in the lead, but the entry of the safety car didn’t help me. It was complicated after the restart as we were very close in terms of performance. On the whole it was a very good weekend. The 308TCR was really quick and reliable. And I’ve got a very good team. I’d like to thank them for all the hard work that they’ve put in.”

 RESULTS 308 RACING CUP
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION 308 RACING CUP 2019 (after Hockenheim, round #2/6) :
1 – Julien Briché #4 (JSB Compétition) 58 pts (PRO)
2 – Jimmy Clairet #21 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 56 pts (PRO)
3 – Xavier Fouineau #7 (JSB Compétition) 47 pts (PRO)        
4 – Johan Boris Scheier #10 (BRS Racing Team) 33 pts (PRO)
ex – Aurélien Renet #2 (JFM Racing) 33 pts (JUN)
6 – Julien Gilbert #44 (BRS Racing Team) 30 pts (PRO)
7 – Fred Caprasse #33 (JSB Compétition) 22 pts (PRO)
8 – Florian Briché #24 (JFM Racing) 21 pts (JUN)
9 – Romain Boeckler #22 (GPA Racing) 15 pts (JUN)
10 – Stéphane Ventaja #81 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 11 pts (AM)
11 – Jean Laurent Navarro #8 (JFM Racing) 8 pts (AM)
12 – Sylvain Pussier #77 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 8 pts (AM)
13 – Laurent Richard #23 (JSB Compétition) 7 pts (AM)
14 – Louis Méric #31 (LM31 by BRS Racing Team) 6 pts (JUN)
15 – Xavier Guyonnet #11 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 5 pts (AM)
16 – Gilles Colombani #66 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 3 pts (AM)
17 – David Duponchel #43 (JSB Compétition) 3 pts (AM)
18 – Thierry Boyer #29 (Pussier Automobiles by Clairet Sport) 2 pts (AM)
19 – Rodolphe Spitz #69 (JSB Compétition) 2 pts (AM)
20 – Luc Rozentvaig #5 (BL Sport) 2 pts (AM)


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