The three Peugeot 208 GTi Peugeot Sport cars finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their category (32nd, 39th and 46th overall), despite atrocious (heavy rain and thick fog) weather conditions at this infamously dangerous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.
The winning team car (No. 216), comprising of a four driver team of Christiaan Frankenhout (NL), Johnny Niederhauser (CH), Vincent Radermecker (B) and Giacomo Ricci (I), managed the feat in the new Peugeot 208 GTi Peugeot Sport and won its class in the extreme weather conditions.
The crew of the Peugeot 208 GTi (No. 208) came second in class after a good fight with the lead car, showing exemplary regularity. Michael Bohrer (D), Stéphane Caillet (F) Jurgen Nett (D) and Julien Piguet (F) made up the team. "This is a great success for Peugeot," said Frankenhout. "The whole team did a perfect job. And to finish 32nd overall is a great achievement." Teammate Giacomo Ricci declared: "I am very happy and we thank Peugeot Sport for this great opportunity - the car ran perfectly throughout the whole race." "It's great to be challenging at the front, with the new 208 GTi making it a driving thrill," added Jürgen Nett.
The third 208 GTi Peugeot Sport (No.215) provided Peugeot with a 1-2-3, triple finish. The second quartet of country-entered drivers in the 208 GTi Racing Experience was also on the podium. Stephen Epp (D) and newcomers Mathieu Sentis (F), Gonzalo Martín Andrés (E) and Bradley Philpot (GB) came third in the category SP2T. Apart from slight contact with the safety rail, the 208 GTi though ‘bruised’ was still intact and raced without any major problems. "Our goal was the podium and we achieved this goal, "said Sentis "This success is a reward for the hard work of all the team over recent weeks."
The Peugeot 208 GTi is now available across Europe and potential customers can experience its excellent ride and handling characteristics at their local Peugeot dealership. However, what last weekend proved is the 208 GTi has already been successful in one of the most demanding endurance races in the world.
The demand to drive a 208 GTi was initiated at the beginning of the year when some 2,000 licensed drivers registered on the 208 GTi Racing Experience website to accompany the commercial launch of the 208 GTi. After the national pre-selections, eight ‘208 GTi Ambassadors’ were selected to make up the Euro team:
- Bradley PHILPOT – 27 years – United Kingdom
- Mathieu SENTIS – 27 years – France
- Stephane Epp - 31 years – Germany
- Gonzalo MARTIN DE ANDRES – 31 years – Spain
- Giacomo RICCI – 27 years – Italy
- Vincent RADERMECKER – 45 years – Belgium
- Christiaan FRANKENHOUT- 31 years – Netherlands
- Johnny NIEDERHAUSER – 41 years – Switzerland
Vist the 208 GTi Racing Experience website for further information and images from all the races.