DG Sport Competition have confirmed that they are currently working on the finalisation of the project to enter two brand new Peugeot 308 TCRs into the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup.
The 2016 TCR Europe Teams Champions have also confirmed that negotiations are well underway to raise the necessary budget and to sign two top drivers to pilot the new Peugeot 308 TCR’s.
“I am very confident in the potential of the new car produced by Peugeot Sport and I am sure that we will be able to announce our line-up quickly,” said Christian Jupsin, team manager of the Belgian squad thats also based alongside the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
“The increase of the budget in WTCR compared to the TCR International Series obliges us to postpone the formalisation of our participation for now. It is clear however that the visibility and return for sponsors and partners will be much higher in the FIA World Touring Car Cup, which will certainly help us to finalise the operation. “
Peugeot Sport announced on 4th January that the new 308 TCR was now available for customers to purchase. The upgrades in the new 308 TCR include the new 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, which is now capable of reaching the maximum 350 bhp that’s expected in TCR regulation cars as well as a new gearbox and aerodynamic package.
The 308 TCR is a upgrade on the existing Peugeot 308 Cup Racer which was already eligible for TCR competition after being part of the WSC Balance of Performance test that took place in March 2017 at the Adria International Circuit in Italy. The 2018 BoP will take place at Velancia in Spain at the end of February.
As per usual, I will be keeping things up to date on here with the blog as well as with the members of the TCR Talk International Facebook Group & the TCR Talk UK Facebook Group & The TCR UK Fans Group who will also be sharing their thoughts as well as any news from FIA WTCR, The TCR Europe Series, Domestic TCR Series and any news on the TCR UK Series that starts in 2018.
Please note that all images in this blog post are used courtesy of Peugeot Sport Media.
Until next time, all the best!