207 SPIDER CUP WORLD PREMIERE AT MONZA Support race of five European Le Mans Series rounds, the 207 Spider Cup is a new Peugeot one-make formula. Like 908, the first round is Monza. It lines up in the very centre of the Peugeot Sport...
207 SPIDER CUP WORLD PREMIERE AT MONZA
Support race of five European Le Mans Series rounds, the 207 Spider Cup is a new Peugeot one-make formula. Like 908, the first round is Monza.
It lines up in the very centre of the Peugeot Sport racetrack circuit and has now come into its own with the official 908 HDi FAP programme. The 2007 winner of the 207 Spider Cup will be rewarded with a test-day at the wheel of the 908.
Before that, he (or she) will be required to compete in the seven races on the calendar, including Pau (WTCC) and Magny-Cours (Super Serie FFSA).
The Spider 207, which received its world première in Paris, is developped from the 20Cup concept car but features a more conventional 4 wheel architecture and a rear centrally mounted transverse engine.
Powered by the 1.6 THP engine developing 175bhp coupled with a 6-speed gearbox with steering wheel paddles selection, it embodies the attributes of both LMP1 and LMP2 cars and complies with ACO regulations, particulary as regards rollover protection. Its rear design is reminiscent of the Sport Prototype cars of the 1970s, with its short engine cowling with no rear spoiler.
To limit costs and ensure a perfectly level playing field, Peugeot Sport opted for :
- a tubular chassis consisting of three ruggedly assembled main sections.
- as many series components from the Peugeot range as possible, including front and rear hub carriers, the disks and brake callipers and steering system are those of the 407, the radiator and intercooler of the 207 and the steering column of the 206
- an attempt has been made to standardise as many parts as possible on the four suspension units
- " locked " engine, electronic control unit, wastegate and turbo-charger
ENTRY LIST (April, 5th 2007)
A quality field
As with all things new, competitors can often find the first step difficult to take. As of April 5, the entry list totalled fourteen drivers.
The main entries include promising Briton Simon Moulton, Alvaro Espinosa and Oscar Sanchez, who have been entered by Peugeot Spain, and Germany's campaign-hardened Oliver Freymuth, a regular face on the European single-make championship scene. His grasp of how such series function could well prove beneficial in his bid to counter the French contingent which features Dino Lunardi (2006 Peugeot RC CUP winner), Maxime Dubrulle (2006 Junior Peugeot RCC Champion) and former Peugeot Sport super-touring car driver (2004) Julien Briché who produced a remarkable drive for Team WR during last year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
On paper, Grégory Guilvert, also a former Peugeot works driver (2005), appears to have the edge over the likes of Julien Schell (French Formula Ford champion), Thomas Accary, Benoît Lison and lady driver Marlène Broggi. At time of going to print, several other representatives of the fairer sex seemed to be on the point of joining Marlène on the grid. Belgium is also well represented in the 207 Spider Cup with the presence of Stéphane Lémeret and Maxime Soulet, whose record notably includes a spell in the FIA GT championship. <pre> 1 Press Car I 2 Julien BRICHE F 3 Julien SCHELL F 4 Maxime DUBRULLE F 5 Oliver FREYMUTH D 6 Thomas ACCARY F 7 Benoît LISON F 8 Grégory GUILVERT F 9 Alvaro ESPINOSA GONZALEZ E 10 Marlène BROGGI F 11 Maxime SOULET F 12 Stéphane LEMERET B 14 Oscar SANCHEZ E 30 Dino LUNARDI F 51 Simon MOLTON GB