The Rally de Var one of the most important events of the French Championship closed the season in the neighboring country and also of the 208 Rally Cup, where the Spaniards continue to triumph and leaving details of the great level. This year the title has been for Pepe López, the great dominator throughout the season, who in the past rally Cardabelles collected their fruits achieving the desired title.
Pepe López did not want to miss the last event of the year, and came to the Var as a brand new champion. He put the monkey back on work and started on Friday wanting to say goodbye to the championship with a victory. However, from the beginning he could see that it would not be easy: after having braking problems and two special trapping the previous driver, that made him lose more time than expected to finish in fourth position in the first day.
On the second day, the Madrid rider started with the tire mount less favorable to the condition of the asphalt, very wet and wet in the morning stretches. Still the champion endured the type and could not take a stretch if he managed not to get off the head of the 208 Rally Cup. When the afternoon came, everything changed, the hard tires worked well to improve the times, which meant The first scratch for Pepe in the penultimate section of the day. Also, in the last special (almost 40 km) Lopez, with the same type of tires, gave a blow of authority to his rivals getting a spectacular new scratch and taking the lead in the 208 Rally Cup.
The last stage started with three stages, where the great comeback of the previous day could not be completed, as a touch on the rear axle left the bridge damaged and the Peugeot Rallye Team driver was not leading. After the incident, it was just over. After accumulating two penalties for delays in the entry of the time control, because of the damage that dragged, Lopez took the eighth position.
The Madrid driver finished the test leaving, once again, his fast-driver seal, always looking for victory. Now it is time to focus on the next season, which, soon, we will hear about the new program of Pepe López and Borja Rozada.
Soon we will have news of the new program of Pepe Lopez and Borja Rozada for next season.
Final Classification of the Rally – Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Cup
1st. E. Llarena – S. Fernández
2nd. J. Franceschi – R. Courbon +8.2
3rd. J. Toedtli – A. Chioso +1:04.2
4th. A. Fotia – N. Laurenti +3:14.9
5th. B. Maisano – P. Pebeyre +3:22.6
7th. P. López – B. Rozada +5:51.0