IRC: Peugeot aims for 2009 Monte Carlo Rally

A PEUGEOT FRANCE-BACKED PEUGEOT 207 SUPER 2000 FOR THE CEVENNES, VAR, ANTIBES AND MONTE CARLO RALLIES Peugeot Sport, with support from Peugeot France and the French Peugeot Dealership Network (GCAP), has decided to enter a 207 Super...

A PEUGEOT FRANCE-BACKED PEUGEOT 207 SUPER 2000 FOR THE CEVENNES, VAR, ANTIBES AND MONTE CARLO RALLIES

Peugeot Sport, with support from Peugeot France and the French Peugeot Dealership Network (GCAP), has decided to enter a 207 Super 2000 for the last two rounds of the 2008 French Rally Championship, as well as for the Rallye d'Antibes with a view to preparing the ground for an entry on next January's Monte Carlo Rally, the 2009 IRC calendar's curtain-raiser.

Stephane Sarrazin - who is not only one of the stars of Peugeot's endurance programme but also an accomplished rally driver (French Champion in 2004) - has been tasked with spearheading Peugeot's return to the Monte Carlo Rally, 24 years after the firm's win with the 205 Turbo 16. This new step in the Frenchman's eclectic career will see him switch from the 908 HDi FAP to the 207 Super 2000 which he will drive on the Rallye d'Antibes with a view to preparing for the Monte Carlo Rally with which it the French event certain stages. His car, which is Peugeot Sport's development 207 Super 2000, will be run by the Velizy-based team, and his co-driver will be Jacques-Julien Renucci.

The past two years have seen Stephane regularly get behind the wheel of this car in testing and he is thrilled by the prospect of talking part in these two prestigious rallies: "It's a very exciting programme. The Rallye d'Antibes will enable me to find my marks in rallying again, especially as it will my first attempt at this event. My last competitive outing on a rally was in Portugal last year with a 207 Super 2000. That went well, so I am not unduly worried. The Monte Carlo is a legendary event, of course, and I came fifth in 2006. The 207 Super 2000 is currently the car to beat in the IRC and I can't wait! I would like thank Peugeot Sport, Peugeot France and the French Dealership Network for giving me this fantastic opportunity."

Meanwhile, for the last two rounds of the French Championship, Peugeot Sport has chosen to enter the same car in the hands of 26-year old Guillaume Canivenq. Guillaume has come up through the ranks of Peugeot Sport's one-make championships and came first in the Volant 206 series in 2006. These two events will enable him to take on the various 307 WRCs which have tended to monopolise the French Championship over the past three seasons: "I couldn't be happier. I think I showed that I was competitive in the 207 Super 2000 against the WRC cars on last July's Rallye du Rouergue before going off because of a misheard pacenote while lying second. I know a top result is possible with the 207. I intend to prepare for these two rallies particularly thoroughly because it's not every day you get an opportunity like this, especially since the Rallye des Cevennes and the Rallye du Var are two events I know very well!"

These two French Championship rallies will both see Stephane Sarrazin drive a zero car, which will be the car he has played a major role in developing, the 207 RC Rallye. This model is poised to be the star of Peugeot's new one-make series which is due to begin in 2009.

-credit: peugeot

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