The two Peugeot entered by DG Sport Compétition were battling it out on two entirely different terrains this last weekend: while on the one side the 208 R2 was tackling the various gravel sections of the Sezoens Rally, the 308 Racing Cup was on hand at Zandvoort in the TCR Benelux. Both in Belgium as in the Dutch coastal region, the ‘Lions’ prepared in Theux played leading roles and proved their worth!
Prior to the start of the fifth round of the Belgian Rally Championship (BRC), Guillaume de Mévius and Louis Louka quiet clearly confirmed their intentions: they were out to increase their advantage in the Juniors round. With fourteen scratches out of fifteen (they missed out on the last one by 2/10ths of a second …), they relegated their main rivals to more than 4 minutes and grabbed a bonus with an impressive top-6 overall in front of drivers manning far more powerful machines.
“Mission impeccably accomplished “, Alain Georges, one of the DG Sport Compétition bosses commented. “Guillaume and Louis put in one of their best performances bearing our colours. They started building up this victory as from the recces, carrying out precise and meticulous work. One example: they had spotted the large stone that had ruined the efforts of numerous other entrants, not for a moment hesitating to get out of the car to inspect from close by the cutting in point for this bend. They set their pace and somewhat followed the rhythm of the leaders: when these improved on a timed section by 2 seconds during the second run, Guillaume and Louis improved in the same proportion. On top of that they avoided having any punctures and brought the 208 R2 home without the slightest scratch, all this while registering 24 additional points: super work, and a great reward for them and the entire team who take on each event with the same professionalism.”
On the other hand, Aurélien Comte and Kevin Abbring were back with the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup entered by DG Sport Compétition in the TCR Benelux. This second meeting was held at Zandvoort, a track more favourable than Spa-Francorchamps for the sole car of its category powered by a 1.6 turbo. The Franco-Dutch duo started off by claiming a 2^nd place in the Qualifying Race (60 minutes). Having swiftly taken command thanks to a brilliant start, the young Frenchman was still in the lead when calling in for the pit stop. Having set off just behind the leader, his Dutch partner- a true ”rookie “at Zandvoort – then perfectly completed his assignment: “The leader was quite simply faster than me, but I was able to build up the gap on the 3^rd ranked competitor.”
Further increasing his pace Kevin Abbring kept his place brilliantly in the first two sprints, finishing 5^th and then 4^th following a healthy battle up against far more experienced rivals. And to finish off the DG Sport Compétition weekend on a high note, Aurélien Comte found himself twice on the podium following well run races. For a long time lying in 4^th place in the penultimate round, the young Frenchman climbed up one place two thirds into the distance having caught out the championship leader Guillaume Mondron in the chicane braking zone. And in the event’s final round he took another awesome start to lead the pack into the Tarzan bend. It is here, two laps later that he logically had to give way to the experienced Jaap Van Lagen who used the power of his 2.0l turbo to get the better of him. But right through to the finish the Dutchman was constantly under threat from Aurélien Comte whose performance quite rightly delighted the DG Sport Compétition clan: “This weekend’s assessment is pretty positive”, Lionel Hansen, the technical director added.” In the first instance the verdict of the Qualifying Race allows us to find ourselves in 2^nd place in the Teams’ championship. Secondly our team is becoming ever more homogenous because Kevin is progressing no end thanks to the experience and advice from Aurélien. Lastly, the 308 Racing Cup TCR confirms its potential on this type of circuit … and the two next meetings are being held at Zolder, a circuit comparable to that of Zandvoort. That looks promising for the rest of the championship!”