Peugeot Motor Company is pleased to announce its 2002 Motor Sport programme, which focuses on rallying. Peugeot will withdraw from the British Touring Car Championship. This decision supports the investment in rallying and specifically the 206 WRC programme of Automobiles Peugeot.
The opportunity in rallying has been further enhanced by the signing of ex Peugeot Challenge winner Richard Burns to drive a 206 in next years World Rally Championship. A successful British driver, closely followed by the media, will help raise the profile of the Championship, Peugeot and the 206 to UK consumers.
In addition two 206 Super 1600 cars will be entered in the new British Rally Championship, with one of these cars being driven by current Formula Rally Championship leader Justin Dale. The second driver will be announced during November.
The successful Super 106 Cup, now ending it's third year, will be replaced by a new 206 Super Cup, based on the 3 door 206XSi. This championship will follow the rounds of the British Rally Championship, and will have a prize fund of over £100,000.
A limited number of thirty 206 Super Cup cars will be available direct from Peugeot Sport UK. A finishing position related bonus scheme will be put in place for Super 106 Cup drivers competing in both the 2002 BTRDA and Irish Tarmac Championships.
The withdrawal from the British Touring Car Championship is regrettable, but will allow us to concentrate our efforts on an exciting rally programme.
Technical support will continue to be offered to teams/drivers competing in 306, 307 or 406 racecars.