document : IRB: Barum Rally Zlin: Peugeot 207 S2000's visit their rivals home soil

IRB: Barum Rally Zlin: Peugeot 207 S2000's visit their rivals home soil
information supplied by: Peugeot South Africa 24 August 2011

IRC: BARUM RALLY ZLIN (round 7 of 11) August 26-28, 2011
The Barum Czech Rally Zlin has been organised every year since 1971, and this will be the 41st running of the competition. This exceptionally popular event is a major fixture of both the European Championship and the IRC. The mission facing Peugeot’s runners promises to be quite complex against their rivals who will be on home soil.
A big challenge 
Frédéric Bertrand
(Customer Competition Manager, Peugeot Sport: “We will do everything we can to beat our opponents, although we can no longer afford to make the slightest mistake. There will be four rounds of the IRC still to come after the Barum Rally. Because of the number of results that are taken into account with regard to the points that count towards the IRC Challenges, and given the higher coefficients of the last two rounds, we are still very much in the chase for the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles. The time has come for us to reverse the trend, though.”
Looking for a return to Peugeot’s winning ways 
The Peugeot 207 S2000’s strong start to its 2011 campaign included wins on two of the IRC’s most famous rounds: the Rallye Monte-Carlo, which was won by Bryan Bouffier, and the Tour de Corse, which was won by Thierry Neuville. Things didn’t go so well after that, however, and the Czech make now has a 63-point advantage over Peugeot. “The fight is by no means over yet, but time is running out,” says Frédéric Bertrand. “This event will see our drivers visit our rivals’ home soil. That said, the 207 S2000 has won the Barum Rally on two previous occasions, in 2007 and 2008, and the car came second in the hands of Kris Meeke in 2009. Last year, Bryan Bouffier was leading with two stages to go when two incidents dropped him out of contention shortly before the finish. Once again, we will be counting on Bryan to take the fight to our opponents and, if possible, snatch the win…”
Bryan Bouffier to spearhead Peugeot’s bid 
With three Polish national titles to their name, Bryan Bouffier and Xavier Panseri have good experience of competing in Eastern Europe, including the Barum Rally. “It’s a tremendous event,” says the Peugeot France driver. “I love the atmosphere, the field is always very strong and the stages are very varied. They range from wide and fast to narrow and bumpy, and the challenge is often made more complex by changing weather conditions. I led last year’s event but the fight was very close and tyre choices played a decisive role. I do feel very comfortable on this rally, though. Like Peugeot, I need to obtain a top result and I will do everything in my power to do just that.”
Thierry Neuville and Guy Wilks: chasing for points 
Unlike Bouffier, Peugeot UK’s Guy Wilks/Phil Pugh and Peugeot Belgium-Luxemburg’s Thierry Neuville/Nicolas
Gilsoul have little previous experience of the Czech Republic event. “Like Bryan, we need to score points,” they say in unison. “As a consequence, our chief objective will be to reach the finish. That said, if we are to keep our chances alive in the Drivers’ standings and help Peugeot in its bid to claim the Manufacturers’ crown, then we will need to push quite hard. We will have the benefit of the very positive test session we attended before the start, so the set-up of our 207 Super 2000s should be perfect. It will be down to us to take good notes during recce and then pace ourselves smartly once the rally has started if we are to secure a good finish here. It won’t be easy, be we’re certainly going to try.”
Pavel Valousek in the colours of Peugeot Czech Republic 
The 41st Barum Rally has attracted another strong field, with no fewer than 122 cars on the entry list, including many of the local stars. The latter’s ranks include Pavel Valousek who is one of his country’s fastest drivers. He has considerable experience of the event and has frequently finished well. His best result to date was third in 2010. This year, he and his co-driver Zdenek Hruza are contesting their home championship in a 207 Super 2000 entered by Peugeot Czech Republic. “The test session organised for Guy Wilks, Thierry Neuville and myself went very well,” reports Pavel. “My target is to finish on the podium again, although I am aware that we aren’t alone in having that objective.”
No fewer than 28 Super 2000 cars feature on the entry list, including eight Peugeot 207 S2000s. One of those will be shared by Luca Betti and Maurizio Barone. The Italian driver is currently second in the provisional European Rally Championship standings and will be looking to profit from his visit to the Czech Republic to close the gap to fellow Italian Luca Rossetti who currently tops the championship. Last but not least, the list of starters includes Poland’s Michal Solowow/Maciej Baran who will be back in a Peugeot 207 Super 2000 after finishing third in Ypres earlier in the year.
Peugeot in the Czech Republic 
Although the market was fairly stable at 107,000 vehicles to end-July (up 0.2 percent), Peugeot's share increased by 8.2 percent over 2010. With a total market share of 5 percent (PC + LCV), Peugeot is currently sixth, and in fourth place when only LCVs are taken into account. The trend is upwards in the passenger car market (an increase of 221 vehicles over 2010) thanks to the successful launch of the 508 and strong 5008 sales. The best-selling Peugeot model in this competitive market is the 207. Peugeot sales are also strong in the van market, thanks notably to Boxer (up 35 percent over 2010) which is the second-best selling model in its segment.  In 2011, Peugeot Czech Republic is taking part in its national rally championship for the first time and hopes to claim the title.
Main entries
1. Bryan BOUFFIER/Xavier PANSERI                         Peugeot 207 S2000
2. Juho Hänninen/Mikko Markkula                             Skoda Fabia S2000
3. Freddy LOIX/Fred MICLOTTE                                  Skoda Fabia S2000
4. Thierry NEUVILLE/Nicolas GILSOUL                     Peugeot 207 S2000
5. Jan KOPECKY/Petr STARY                                      Skoda Fabia S2000
6. Giandomenico BASSO/Mitia DOTTA                      Proton Satria Neo S2000
7. Guy WILKS/Phil PUGH                                              Peugeot 207 S2000
8. Andreas MIKKELSEN/Ola FLOENE                       Skoda Fabia S2000
9. Michal Solowow/Maciej Baran                              Peugeot 207 S2000
14. Roman KRESTA/Petr GROSS                             Skoda Fabia S2000
15. Pavel VALOUSEK/Zdenek HRUZA                      Peugeot 207 S2000
16. Toni GARDEMEISTER/Tapio SUOMINEN         Skoda Fabia S2000
17. Patrik SANDELL/Staffan PARMANDER              Skoda Fabia S2000
18. Luca BETTI/Maurizio BARONE                            Peugeot 207 S2000
31. Josef PETAK/Alena BENESOVA                         Peugeot 207 S2000
40. Lukas LAPDAVSKY/Julius LAPDAVSKY          Peugeot 207 S2000
 Drivers’ standings                                                    Manufacturers’ standings 
1. Juha Hänninen               83                                   1. Skoda               232
2. Jan Kopecky                    70                                   2. Peugeot          169
Freddy Loix                           70                                   3. M-Sport           50
4. Bryan Bouffier                61
5. Thierry Neuville              48
6. Guy Wilks                        47
7. Andreas Mikkelsen        46
8. Toni Gardemeister        20
9. Hans Weijs                     18
10. Michal Solowow          15
Friday, August 26, 2011
SS1 ZLIN                              9.36 km                                21:15
Saturday, August 27, 2011
SS2 BISKUPICE                 1 08,89 km                          09 :38
SS3 PINDULA                     1 12,95 km                          10 :11
SS4 TROJAK                       1 28,69 km                          10 :54
SS5 SEMETIN                     1 11,49 km                          11 :37
SS6 BISKUPICE                 2 08,89 km                          15 :00
SS7 PINDULA                     2 12,95 km                          15 :33
SS8 TROJAK                       2 28,69 km                          16 :16
SS9 SEMETIN                     2 11,49 km                          16 :59
Sunday, August 28, 2011
SS10 MAJAK                       1 22.69 km                          08:33
SS11 KUDLOVICE            1 10.48 km                          09:21
SS12 HALENKOVICE       1 24.37 km                          09:54
SS13 MAJAK                       2 22.69 km                          12:12
SS14 KUDLOVICE            2 10.48 km                          13:00
SS15 HALENKOVICE       2 24.37 km                          13:33
Podium ceremony 15:01
Stages Road sections Total
Leg 1                     133.40 km           268.65 km           402.05 km
Leg 2                     115.08 km           102.60 km           217.68 km
Total                      248.48 km           371.25 km           619.73 km
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Live timing and live radio :
Date Broadcast Duration Start End Programme
27/08/2011 DELAYED PROGRAMME 00:30:00 23:00 23:30 Day 1 - Highlights
28/08/2011 DELAYED PROGRAMME 00:30:00 23:00 23:30 Day 2 - Highlights (*)
30/08/2011 MAGAZINE 00:25:00 15:15 15:40 Rally Review
Technical data PEUGEOT 207 SUPER 2000
Type EW 10 J4S
Position Transverse, front
Cubic capacity 1,998cc
Number of cylinders 4
Power 220kW (300hp) at 8,500rpm
Torque 260Nm
Maximum revs 8,500rpm
Fuel injection Magneti Marelli
Intake Mono papillon
Number of valves 16
Type Four-wheel drive
Clutch Dual disc
Gearbox Six speeds, sequential
Différentials Two limited-slip differentials
Structure and materials Body shell with tubular roll cage
Front suspension MacPherson arrangement with Peugeot dampers
Rear suspension MacPherson arrangement with Peugeot dampers
Front brakes Four-piston Brembo
diameter: 355mm (asphalt), 295mm (gravel)
Rear brakes Four-piston Brembo
diameter: 295mm (asphalt and gravel)
Steering Hydraulic power steering
One-piece aluminium monobloc:
8x18'' (asphalt) / 7x15" (gravel)
- asphalt 225x40x18
- gravel 215x65x15
Length 4,030mm
Width 1,800mm
Wheelbase 2,560mm
Minimum weight 1,200kg (asphalt or gravel)
End – August 2011

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