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From 208 #rally Cup glory to PEUGEOT #rally ACADEMY fame, there is just one step… In parallel to the 2017 edition of its single-make series which showcases the PEUGEOT #208r2 in France, Peugeot Sport’s involvement in rallying this year will also mark a return to FIA European #rally Championship (ERC) action, starring the PEUGEOT #208t16. There is a natural bridge between these two appealing programmes as Peugeot Sport pursues its policy of grooming the sport’s up-and-coming youngsters. Since the organisation of Peugeot Sport’s very first singlemake championship 35 years ago, the make has helped to kick start the international careers of several talented young drivers, among them Gilles PANIZZI (in 1993), #sebastienogier (2007) and #kevinabbring (2013). This year, Peugeot Sport is running the fifth edition of its 208 #rally Cup which will be based on a calendar of seven rounds (gravel and asphalt) of the FFSA French #rally Championship. In addition to the prizes that are up for grabs for the season’s top performers, the outright winner at the end of 2017 will earn a factory drive with the PEUGEOT #rally ACADEMY in the following year’s #erc. Meanwhile, Pepe LOPEZ, winner of the 2016 208 #rally Cup, will appear in this year’s #erc in PEUGEOT #rally ACADEMY’s colours alongside the 2015 208 #rally Cup victor José Antonio SUAREZ who will be eager to capitalise on the potential he revealed in 2016 at WRC2 level. Both Spaniards will drive PEUGEOT 208T16s in the new U28 series for young drivers in four-wheel drive cars that has been created by EUROSPORT as part of the 2017 European #rally Championship. The 208 #rally Cup: a springboard for young drivers “The calendar of the 2017 208 #rally Cup features three asphalt events and four gravel rounds. It is consequently ideal for young drivers looking to hone their experience in an exciting, competitive environment as they seek to take their careers forward,” notes Laurent GUYOT, manager of Peugeot Sport’s one-make championships. “We are thrilled with the 208 #rally Cup’s increasing popularity. No fewer than 49 drivers – half of whom were not French – registered for the 2016 series. In addition to the 208 #rally Cup’s extremely high level, I believe its success is notably due to the quality of the PEUGEOT #rally ACADEMY programme which is the big reward for the ultimate winner the following year.”
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