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2019-08-20

208 R2, queen of ERC3 at Barum Rally 2019

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The Barum Czech Rally Zlin is the sixth round of the European Rally Championshio (ERC) et the last round of the Czech 208 Rally Cup. An impressive 25 208 R2 were engaged in the ERC3, ERC Ladies and RC4 categories, proving that after six years of existence, the 208 R2 developped by Peugeot Sport is still at the top of the R2 class in rally. Yohan Rossel and Benoit Fulcrand, who won the French 208 Rally Cup last year, are engaged in 208 R2 as a part of their ERC3 program in 2019.

Organised around Zlin from the 16th to the 18th of August 2019, the Barum Czech Rally Zlin has become a classic in rally. First run in 1971, it is known for its narrow, bumpy and ... very fast roads, where any mistake or hesitation will have serious consequences. 25 crews are engaged in the Peugeot 208 R2, nearly 75% of the front wheel drive cars on the rally.

 

At the end of the 220km of stages, the 208 R2 crew Efrén Llarena - Sara Fernandez wins the RC3, RC3 Junior and RC4 classes and hereby wins the Junior title in RC3, by the shortest margin of 1 point. The spanish driver, member of the Rally Team Spain backed up by the spanish federation, celebrates his first european title. He won two rallyes and scored two podiums, showing great speed on both gravel and tarmac events.

Efrén Llarena :"We knew we needed to win and we deserved it. We were working too hard for two years not to win and we thank the Spanish federation a lot for all the support. We were very fast on all the rallies and my team did a very good job. Me and Sara [Fernández, co-driver] worked a lot, not just with the pacenotes but on the car. We tried to be more professional and work as hard as possible. We improved a lot during the year."

 

In third position of ERC3 / ERC3 Junior, crew Sindre Furuseth - Jim Hjerpe from Saintéloc Junior Team steps on the podium for the fourth time in six races this season and finishes third in the championship.

 

Engaged in the ERC3Ladies in a 208 R2, Nabila Tejpar finishes the rally with any major incident, with a great learning curve throughout this challenging event. She wins the ERCLadies and joins the park at 15th position in ERC3, ahead of Ekaterina Stratieva, also engaged in 208 R2. Nabila Tejpar extends her lead on the ERCLadies championship after this victory.

Nabila Tejpar :"Battered and bruised but made it to the end of a mega tough FIA ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlín with maximum ERC Ladies Trophy points in the bag! Huge thanks to Hugo and the team for an epic weekend."

 

Yohan Rossel et Benoit Fulcrand, 2018 winner of the French 208 Rally Cup, finish sixth in the RC4 class and seventh in ERC3. safely getting away from the many difficulties of Barum Czech Rally Zlin.

Yohan Rossel :"What a rally! It has been a great opportunity for us to acquire experience on a tough rally. The Czech stages are demanding and some are hard to approach. We haven't always been confident with the set up and, given the road condition, it would have been easy to make a mistake. This was not our goal. The 208 R2 has already given us such wonderfull victories!"

 

In the Czech 208 Rally Cup, local driver René Dohnal takes the victory and extends his lead in the cup.

 

At the end of this challenging rally, both for the crews and the cars, two 208 R2 are on the ERC3 podium, and seven on the top 10, asserting once again the performance of Peugeot Sport most selling rally car.