27 Sep 2020
DOUBLE PODIUM FOR THE PEUGEOT 308 TCR WITH JULIEN BRICHÉ IN TCR EUROPE
Winning the opening TCR Europe race at Monza, Italy and passing the chequered flag second in the following race, 2019 TCR Europe Championship runner-up Julien Briché secured the Peugeot 308 TCR’s second and third podium finishes of the 2020 campaign this weekend (26/27 September), showcasing the car’s outstanding performance and reliability in a particularly high-calibre field.
- Scene of the third round of the 2020 TCR Europe season, the legendary circuit of Monza in Italy saw Julien Briché – out of luck so far this year – rediscover his old self behind the wheel of his rapid Peugeot 308 TCR. After setting the pace in the second free practice session, the 2019 vice-champion continued to shine in qualifying as he lined up in fourth place on the grid. In race one, he took advantage of a coming-together between two of his rivals to immediately rise to second, before taking the lead on lap two and never subsequently relinquishing it. In doing so, the JSB Compétition driver and team boss returned to the top step of the rostrum for the first time since the final outing of 2019, also at Monza. The following day, he completed his excellent Italian weekend by ascending the second step of the podium in race two after applying intense pressure on the leader throughout; his results bumping him to tenth position in the championship standings.
- Championship regulars in their similar Peugeot 308 TCR cars, the Clairet brothers, flying the flag for Team Clairet Sport, lived up to their esteemed reputation in qualifying, with Jimmy securing third on the grid and Teddy seventh. Unfortunately, both drivers were forced out of race one by contact, but they demonstrated their fighting spirit in race two the following day as they continued in attack mode. Jimmy finished just shy of the podium in fourth, while Teddy came over the finish line in sixth, meaning he left Monza sitting eighth on the points table.
- The success of the Peugeot 308 TCR on the international stage is reflected all over the world. This is particularly evident in Denmark, whose national TCR championship will include no fewer than five 308 TCR entries next year. Brian Madsen, the official Peugeot Sport local distributor, has attracted both 17-year-old Gustav Birch and Casper Elgaard – eight 24 Hours of Le Mans participant and winner of three of the five TCR Denmark races this season – into the Peugeot fold. Moreover, the maiden victory for the Peugeot 308 TCR in Denmark is surely not far away, after Michael Markussen led much of the second race at Djursland this weekend. Ultimately, race one concluded with three Peugeots inside the top ten, with two cars achieving the same feat in race two.
Olivier Fuet, Peugeot Sport Circuit Customer Racing Manager
“This weekend in Italy confirmed the excellent performance and reliability of the Peugeot 308 TCR, yielding the car’s first win of the year and second and third podiums of the season. Having had a tough start of the year, it goes without saying that I am delighted to see Julien Briché back where he belongs – up at the sharp end. With three rounds still to run, we will continue to work hard with both JSB Compétition and Team Clairet Sport to maintain this momentum and push for more podium finishes – and last but not least, we are particularly excited to welcome two more Peugeots to the grid in TCR Denmark next year!”
Julien Briché, JSB Compétition Team Manager and Driver
“Finally! This victory is such a morale-booster. We were on the leading pace right from the get-go, setting the fastest time in free practice on Friday, and I felt extremely comfortable throughout qualifying. At the start of the first race, I was passed briefly but I was able to regain my spot and once I had got into the lead, everything went very smoothly. In race two, I climbed forward again from fourth on the grid, and I had a fun fight with [Pepe] Oriola. I was a bit faster than him, but he held defensively onto his position. I did everything I could to try to overtake him, but unfortunately, there weren’t enough laps in the race! Nonetheless, with a win and two podiums, it’s been a brilliant weekend!”
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