Peugeot secured a fourth straight win in the SP2T category (less than 1600 cm3 petrol) after winning the first three places with the 208 GTi Peugeot Sport at the 41st edition of the legendary 24-hour Nürburgring race.
The three Peugeot Sport 208 Gti’s took on the circuit, finishing a very respectable 32nd, 39th and 46th overall at the 2013 Nürburgring 24 Hours race. Heavy rain and thick fog presented difficult driving conditions on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. During the night, the race was even interrupted for more than nine hours due for safety reasons.
The winning team (No. 216), composing of four drivers recruited through the 208 GTi Racing Experience - Christiaan Frankenhout (NL), Johnny Niederhauser (CH), Vincent Radermecker (B) and Giacomo Ricci (I) - performed extremely well with the new Peugeot Sport 208 GTi in the extreme weather conditions.
The crew of the Peugeot 208 GTi (No. 208) came in second place after a good fight with the lead car, showing perfect consistency. Michael Bohrer (D), Stéphane Caillet (F), Jurgen Nett (D) and Julien Piguet (F) can now add this to their long list of race achievements.
"This is a great success for Peugeot," said Frankenhout. "The whole team worked together perfectly. And to finish 32nd overall is a great achievement". Team mate Giacomo Ricci declared: "I am very happy. Peugeot, thank you for this opportunity. The car was perfect throughout the race."
No. 208 had to make two unscheduled stops due to technical problems that cost them a lap and left them in third place in the category, behind Mini. But in the end, No. 208 came second. "It's great to be right here, with the new 208 Gti, a great victory," said Jürgen Nett. Teammate Michael Bohrer, also said: "A great success, the new Peugeot 208 GTi is a fantastic car giving you a unique sense of driving pleasure."
The third Peugeot Sport 208 GTi (No.215) provided the hat-trick. The second quartet of drivers from the 208 GTi Racing Experience also got a podium place. Stephen Epp (D) and newcomers Mathieu Sentis (F), Gonzalo Martín Andrés (E) and Bradley Philpot (GB) came in third place in the SP2T category. Apart from a slight contact with a security rail resulting from a loss of grip in a patch of oil, team 215 was unharmed and the race carried on without any major problems. "Our goal was to the reach the podium and we achieved that goal," said Sentis. "This success is the perfect reward for the team’s hard work in recent weeks."
Three Peugeot Sport 208 GTi's took on the Nürburgring challenge, driven by professionals and 8 European drivers recruited from the 208 GTi Racing Experience. These 'new' drivers showed talent and flawless professionalism on a legendary circuit and in extreme weather conditions - giving the 208 GTi Racing Experience a true fairytale ending.