The Rallye Alsace-Vosges is a rally competition held in the Vosges, in northeastern France, between Épinal and Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. The event, first held in 1984, is a round of the French championship.
The Rallye Alsace-Vosges is a rally competition held in the Vosges, in northeastern France, between Épinal and Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. The event, first held in 1984, is a round of the French championship.
|2009||Patrick Henry||Magalie Lombard||Peugeot 206 WRC|
|2008||Patrick Henry||Magalie Lombard||Peugeot 307 WRC|
|2007||Jean-Marie Cuoq||David Marty||Peugeot 307 WRC|
|2006||Nicolas Vouilloz||Nicolas Klinger||Peugeot 307 WRC|
|2005||Nicolas Bernardi||Jean-Marc Fortin||Peugeot 206 WRC|
|2004||Stéphane Sarrazin||Patrick Pivato||Subaru Impreza WRC|
|2003||Brice Tirabassi||Jacques-Julien Renucci||Renault Clio S1600|
|2002||Brice Tirabassi||Jacques-Julien Renucci||Citroën Saxo S1600|
|2001||Sébastien Loeb||Daniel Elena||Citroën Xsara Kit-Car|
|2000||Philippe Bugalski||Jean-Paul Chiaroni||Citroën Xsara T4|
|1999||Philippe Bugalski||Jean-Paul Chiaroni||Citroën Xsara Kit-Car|
|1998||Simon Jean-Joseph||Patrick Pivato||Subaru Impreza|
|1996||Gilles Panizzi||Hervé Panizzi||Peugeot 306 Maxi|
|1995||Patrick Bernardini||Jean-Marc Andrié||Ford Escort RS Cosworth|
|1994||François Chatriot||Denis Giraudet||Toyota Celica 4WD|
|1993||Bernard Béguin||Jean-Paul Chiaroni||Ford Escort RS Cosworth|
|1992||Bernard Béguin||Jean-Paul Chiaroni||Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4|
|1991||Bernard Béguin||Jean-Paul Chiaroni||Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4|
|1990||François Chatriot||Michel Périn||BMW M3|
|1989||Pierre-César Baroni||Michel Rousseau||Ford Sierra RS Cosworth|
|1988||François Chatriot||Michel Périn||BMW M3|
|1987||Didier Auriol||Bernard Occelli||Ford Sierra RS Cosworth|
|1986||Didier Auriol||Bernard Occelli||MG Metro 6R4|
|1985||Jean Ragnotti||Pierre Thimonier||Renault 5 Maxi Turbo|
|1984||Dufour||Chenez||Talbot Samba Rallye|
The Ford Escort RS Cosworth is a sports derivative and the 1st 2500 were rally homologation special of the fifth generation European Ford Escort. It was designed to qualify as a Group A car for the World Rally Championship, in which it competed between 1993 and 1998, it was available as a road car from 1992–96 in limited numbers. The smaller turbo cars were not F. I. A recognised and only the first 2500 cars made before 1 Jan 1993 are in fact'Homologation special versions." It was recognisable due to its large "whale tail" rear spoiler. The main selling point was the Cosworth YBT, a tunable turbocharged 1,994 cc with a bore x stroke of 90.8 mm × 77 mm Inline-four engine which had an output of 227 PS in standard trim. Tuning companies have achieved power outputs of over 1,000 bhp; the car was acknowledged to have excellent handling. Ford developed the car around the chassis and mechanicals of the Sierra Cosworth, to accommodate the larger Cosworth engine and transmission, while clothing it in Escort body panels to make it resemble the standard Mk V.
Designed under the guidance of Rod Mansfield and John Wheeler of Ford's SVO department, the styling was designed during 1989, a year before the standard Escort was launched, by Stephen Harper at MGA Developments in Coventry. The spoiler was added by Frank Stephenson, who proposed a three-deck piece,one of the distinctive features of the car itself The body tooling was created by coachbuilders Karmann at their facility in Rheine, where the cars were manufactured. Changes were made to the engine management system and a new turbocharger was fitted. Permanent four wheel drive with a 34/66% front/rear split came courtesy of an uprated five speed gearbox as used in the Sierra Cosworth. Recaro sports seats came as standard. Production models were available without the oversize tail spoiler although by far the majority were still ordered with it. Like its Sierra predecessor, they are nicknamed "Cossie" by enthusiasts; the Escort Cosworth was a rare car, with 7,145 vehicles produced from the start of production on 19 February 1992 until the last car rolled out of the factory on 12 January 1996.
A small number were imported to the United States by a third party. The car's top speed was 150 mph, which rivalled lower-end sportscars including the Audi Quattro, BMW M3, Nissan 300ZX and Toyota Supra, comfortably outperformed traditional "hot hatchbacks" like the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it was much faster than the 126 mph which the Escort RS2000 and earlier Escort RS Turbo were capable of. Two versions were produced; the initial 2,500 units were "homologation specials" used to get the FIA accreditation in group A and were fitted with an oversized Garrett T3/T04B Hybrid turbo and air/water intercooler. This is the same device as the one fitted to the legendary Ford RS200 GroupB; these units displayed significant turbo lag due to the huge inertia introduced by the T35 unit and the detuned nature of their competition derived engine until 3500rpm. From 3.500rpm when the turbo wakes up the Escort Rs Cosworth is reminiscent of a Group B car with the savage entry of the turbo. The power transferred 66 % to 34 % to the front.
Some homologation specials were equipped with water injection. Among these initial units, a handful were badged as Motorsport versions; these lacked certain refinements such as sound deadening. The initial cars included features that, although they made the Cosworth a more effective car, did not enhance it as a road vehicle, once the rules were satisfied Ford attempted to make the car less temperamental and easier to drive under normal conditions; the second generation, starting production from late 1994, was fitted with a Garrett T25 turbocharger, a smaller unit which reduced turbo lag and increased usability in everyday driving situations. With these models, the'whale tail' spoiler became a delete option. Max power of the road version official from Ford was 227 PS at 6,250 rpm and 304 N⋅m. Standard boost from Garrett AiResearch T3/T04B turbocharger was 0.8 bar with 1.0-1.1 bar overboost. The car weight was 1,310 kg for the Lux edition; the Escort RS Cosworth was the first mass production car to produce downforce at the rear.
The rationale behind the Escort Cosworth's design was that it should win the World Rally Championship. It did not achieve that goal, but it did win eight events between 1993 and 1996 as a Group A car, two more in World Rally Car guise in 1997-8, before it was replaced by the Focus WRC; the Escort Cosworth was developed by the Ford works rally team during 1991 and 1992. Its first appearances, prior to homologation, were in the Spanish championship, in the hands of Jose Maria Bardolet, on the 1992 Scottish Rally, where it was driven by Malcolm Wilson, the lead development driver. Wilson was not formally competing in the event, but his stage times were faster than those of winner Colin McRae. During the latter part of the 1992 season, development of the Sierra Cosworth came to an end, the works team drivers Francois Delecour and Massimo Biasion concentrated on readying the Escort for competition. On the Escort's first outing at World Championship le
Sébastien Loeb is a French professional rally and rallycross driver. He competed for the Citroën World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship and is the most successful driver in WRC history, having won the world championship a record nine times in a row, he holds several other WRC records, including most event wins, most podium finishes and most stage wins. Loeb announced his retirement from World Rallying at the end of the 2012 season. Participating in selected events in the 2013 WRC season, he raced a full season in the FIA GT Series driving a McLaren MP4-12C before moving on with Citroën to the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2014. In the 2018 season he is one of the official drivers of the Team Peugeot Total. A gymnast, Loeb switched to rallying in 1995 and won the Junior World Rally Championship in 2001. Signed by the Citroën factory team for the 2002 season, he and co-driver Daniel Elena took their maiden WRC win that same year at the Rallye Deutschland. After finishing runner-up to Petter Solberg by one point in 2003, Loeb took his first drivers' title in 2004.
Continuing with Citroën, he went on to take a record ninth consecutive world title in 2012. Loeb is a tarmac expert, having won all but three of the WRC rallies on that surface in which he has participated since 2005. Besides his success in rallying, Loeb is a three-time winner at the Race of Champions, after taking home the Henri Toivonen Memorial Trophy and the title "Champion of Champions" in 2003, 2005 and 2008. In 2004, he won the Nations' Cup for France with Jean Alesi. In 2006, he finished second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Loeb was named the French Sportsman of the Year in 2007 and 2009, made knight of the Legion of Honour in 2009. In 2012, he won the rallycross final in his first appearance at X Games XVIII. In 2018, Loeb won the Spanish round of that year's World Rally Championship, in a rare entry six years after his retirement as a full-time rally driver. Loeb was born in Haguenau, France, the only child of Guy and Ingrid Loeb and grew up in Oberhoffen-sur-Moder, he competed as gymnast and became a four-time Alsatian champion, once champion of the French Grand East, fifth in the French championship.
He broke off school in 1992 but resumed taking classes in 1994, aiming at vocational training in electrical engineering. On 12 September 1994, in parallel with his classes, he started working as an electrician at the Socalec company near Haguenau Airport, where he was the oldest apprentice and noted for his daring/reckless driving style. On this level, he could count on the understanding of his boss, himself fascinated by speed and owned a Ferrari Testarossa 512 TR. In 1995, at age 21, he definitively turned his attention to racing. In 1998, he started entering events in the French Citroën Saxo Trophy series, winning the title in 1999. Guy Fréquelin, Citroën Sport's team principal, would serve as Loeb's mentor as he entered the Junior World Rally Championship in 2001, becoming the series' first champion by winning five of the six events; the only event he didn't win this year was Rallye Sanremo: for this event, he was elected as a driver for the WRC championship, driving a Citroën Xsara WRC alongside Philippe Bugalski and Jesús Puras.
In only his third rally with a World Rally Car, he hounded Peugeot tarmac specialist and eventual victor Gilles Panizzi to the finish, ended up second. The 2002 season was Loeb's first as a WRC driver with the Citroën Total World Rally Team, although the team only participated in seven rounds in the build-up to their full entry the following year. Loeb started the season by provisionally winning the Monte Carlo Rally, after racing under appeal due to a two-minute time penalty incurred by an illegal tyre change during the second day. Citroën considered the penalty too severe but withdrew the appeal, Subaru's Tommi Mäkinen took a record fourth consecutive Monte Carlo win. Loeb took his maiden victory at the Rallye Deutschland in Germany, edging out Peugeot's Richard Burns. In 2003, his first full season in the championship, Loeb won three WRC events, Monte Carlo and Sanremo, before losing to Petter Solberg in the Wales Rally Great Britain losing the championship to him by just one point. Sebastian was asked by his team not to chase Solberg at all costs so that he doesn't jeopardise Citroën's lead in constructors' championship.
Loeb's reputation grew as he defeated his more illustrious teammates – Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae – over the course of the season. At the end of the year, he earned the title "Champion of Champions" by beating Marcus Grönholm in the final of the Race of Champions. In the 2004 season, Loeb dominated the WRC scene in a similar way to the Michael Schumacher domination of Formula One the same year, by winning six events and taking six runner-up spots to securely give him the drivers' title, 36 points clear of second-placed Solberg, his six WRC victories tied the record for victories in one season with fellow Frenchman Didier Auriol, who won six events in 1992. He was responsible for Citroën's second manufacturers' title in a row. Known as a tarmac specialist, 2004 was the year Loeb proved himself capable of winning on other surfaces as well, he won the snow-based Swedish Rally. On gravel, he triumphed in Rally of Turkey and the Rally Australia. On tarmac, he continued his success in Monte Germany.
In 2005, with victory in the ninth round in Argentina, Loeb became the first to win six consecutive rallies, beating Timo Salonen's record of four from 1985. Having won the season-opening Rallye Automobile M
Daniel Elena is a Monégasque rally co-driver working with Sébastien Loeb. Between them, the pair have won the World Rally Championship nine times, compete with Hyundai. 79 wins make him the co-driver with the most victories in the history of the WRC. He started rallying in 1997 as co-driver to Hervé Bernard, but became Loeb's co-driver the following season and developed a strong relationship with him, winning the Citroën Saxo Trophy in 1999 and the French gravel title the following year. In 2001, they won the FIA Super 1600 championship in their Citroën Saxo, becoming an obvious choice for Citroën's WRC team, which they made their first start for that year, going on to take their first win at Rallye Deutschland in 2002, they went on to take nine consecutive World Rally Championship titles between 2004 and 2012. Loeb and Elena have won the famous Monte Carlo Rally seven times. Elena is the first person to have received the Michael Park Trophy, now given yearly to the best co-driver. Elena is married and he has 2 children.
He and his family reside near Switzerland. Elena is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization
Nicolas Bernardi is a French rally driver. Bernardi made his World Rally Championship debut in 1998 on the Monte Carlo Rally. In 2001 he contested the Junior World Rally Championship in a Peugeot 206 returning for a second campaign in 2004 in a Renault Clio and finishing second in the standings to Per-Gunnar Andersson. In 2005 he won the French tarmac championship in a Peugeot 206 WRC run by Bozian Racing, he contested the German and British rounds of the WRC in the same model of car, entered under the banner of'Equipe de France FFSA', but he retired from both events. After Markko Märtin stepped down from the factory Peugeot following the death of his co-driver Michael Park on Rally GB, Bernardi replaced him in the second Peugeot 307 WRC on the asphalt events in France and Spain, he finished eighth in Corsica and sixth in Catalunya. Bernardi made one final WRC appearance on the 2007 Tour de Corse, driving the new Suzuki SX4 WRC on its first event
Belgium the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, the North Sea to the northwest, it has a population of more than 11.4 million. The capital and largest city is Brussels; the sovereign state is a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Its institutional organisation is structured on both regional and linguistic grounds, it is divided into three autonomous regions: Flanders in the north, Wallonia in the south, the Brussels-Capital Region. Brussels is the smallest and most densely populated region, as well as the richest region in terms of GDP per capita. Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups or Communities: the Dutch-speaking Flemish Community, which constitutes about 59 percent of the population, the French-speaking Community, which comprises about 40 percent of all Belgians. A small German-speaking Community, numbering around one percent, exists in the East Cantons.
The Brussels-Capital Region is bilingual, although French is the dominant language. Belgium's linguistic diversity and related political conflicts are reflected in its political history and complex system of governance, made up of six different governments. Belgium was part of an area known as the Low Countries, a somewhat larger region than the current Benelux group of states that included parts of northern France and western Germany, its name is derived after the Roman province of Gallia Belgica. From the end of the Middle Ages until the 17th century, the area of Belgium was a prosperous and cosmopolitan centre of commerce and culture. Between the 16th and early 19th centuries, Belgium served as the battleground between many European powers, earning the moniker the "Battlefield of Europe", a reputation strengthened by both world wars; the country emerged in 1830 following the Belgian Revolution. Belgium participated in the Industrial Revolution and, during the course of the 20th century, possessed a number of colonies in Africa.
The second half of the 20th century was marked by rising tensions between the Dutch-speaking and the French-speaking citizens fueled by differences in language and culture and the unequal economic development of Flanders and Wallonia. This continuing antagonism has led to several far-reaching reforms, resulting in a transition from a unitary to a federal arrangement during the period from 1970 to 1993. Despite the reforms, tensions between the groups have remained, if not increased. Unemployment in Wallonia is more than double that of Flanders. Belgium is one of the six founding countries of the European Union and hosts the official seats of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Council, as well as a seat of the European Parliament in the country's capital, Brussels. Belgium is a founding member of the Eurozone, NATO, OECD, WTO, a part of the trilateral Benelux Union and the Schengen Area. Brussels hosts several of the EU's official seats as well as the headquarters of many major international organizations such as NATO.
Belgium is a developed country, with an advanced high-income economy. It has high standards of living, quality of life, education, is categorized as "very high" in the Human Development Index, it ranks as one of the safest or most peaceful countries in the world. The name "Belgium" is derived from Gallia Belgica, a Roman province in the northernmost part of Gaul that before Roman invasion in 100 BC, was inhabited by the Belgae, a mix of Celtic and Germanic peoples. A gradual immigration by Germanic Frankish tribes during the 5th century brought the area under the rule of the Merovingian kings. A gradual shift of power during the 8th century led the kingdom of the Franks to evolve into the Carolingian Empire; the Treaty of Verdun in 843 divided the region into Middle and West Francia and therefore into a set of more or less independent fiefdoms which, during the Middle Ages, were vassals either of the King of France or of the Holy Roman Emperor. Many of these fiefdoms were united in the Burgundian Netherlands of the 15th centuries.
Emperor Charles V extended the personal union of the Seventeen Provinces in the 1540s, making it far more than a personal union by the Pragmatic Sanction of 1549 and increased his influence over the Prince-Bishopric of Liège. The Eighty Years' War divided the Low Countries into the northern United Provinces and the Southern Netherlands; the latter were ruled successively by the Spanish and the Austrian Habsburgs and comprised most of modern Belgium. This was the theatre of most Franco-Spanish and Franco-Austrian wars during the 17th and 18th centuries. Following the campaigns of 1794 in the French Revolutionary Wars, the Low Countries—including territories that were never nominally under Habsburg rule, such as the Prince-Bishopric of Liège—were annexed by the French First Republic, ending Austrian rule in the region; the reunification of the Low Countries as the United Kingdom of the Netherlands occurred at the dissolution of the First French Empire in 1815, after the defeat of Napo
The Citroën Saxo was a city car produced by the French manufacturer Citroën from 1996 to 2004. It was sold in Japan as the Citroën Chanson, it shared many engine and body parts with the Peugeot 106, the major difference being interiors and body panels. Production ended in 2004, when it was replaced with the Citroën C2. All engines were from the PSA TU engine series that powered the Peugeot 205 from 1988 and the Citroën AX, had their roots before that with the OHC PSA X engine various other PSA cars used, such as the Citroën Visa, Peugeot 104 and early Peugeot 205; the range included five petrol engines and one diesel engine, all aspirated. Although the quoted power outputs are low in comparison to modern small hatchbacks, or to other hatchbacks of the time, the kerb weight was very low, with the range-topping VTS having a kerb weight of just 935 kg, with other smaller engine models being around 100 kg lighter than this; this meant a high power to weight ratio resulting in decent acceleration and made the car suitable for city driving.
Aside from the VTS which had 16 valves, all engines were the older SOHC units which meant low city MPG figures. The popular 1.1i engine would struggle to achieve more than 35 to 40mpg in town when driven carefully. The real world consumption between the smaller engines and the nippy 1.4i westcoast/furio variant was hardly noticeable, however the insurance premiums were. The early 1.0i was quite under powered, with the 1.1i being considered much better, since it was nearly 200cc larger and had 30% more torque. There were three sport models of the Saxo: The Westcoast replaced by the Furio which featured a 1.4I 8V 55 kW engine with a top speed of 175 km/h, a 0-62.5 mph time of 11.2 seconds. The VTR MK1 featured a 1.6I 8V 66 kW engine with a top speed of 187 km/h and a 0-62.5 mph time of 10.0 seconds. The VTR MK2 featured a 1.6I 8V 72 kW engine with a top speed of 193 km/h and a 0-62.5 mph time of 9.4 seconds. The VTS 16V featured a 1.6I 88 kW engine with a top speed of 205 km/h, a 0 to 60 mph time of 7.8 seconds.
The VTS MK1 and MK2 shared the same performance. These models included 247 mm vented front brake discs, with the VTR and VTS having rear brake discs. A different style of control arms and struts was used for the suspension; the VTS had a 22 mm master brake cylinder, the VTR and Westcoast/Furio had a 19 mm. The VTS had a 19 mm front anti roll bar and 22 mm rear anti roll bar, while the VTR and Westcoast/Furio had a 19 mm front and 21 mm or sometimes 19 mm rear antiroll bar. In addition, all the sports models featured a unique bodykit to the other models known as the "VT" bodykit. In 1997 the Saxo's three speed automatic gearbox was combined with the 1.6i 8V 66 kW engine, available on the Saxo SX and VSX. In the end of 1997, the 1.6i automatic was replaced with a 1.4i 55 kW engine. The 1.6i was more powerful with a top speed of 176 km/h compared with the 1.4's top speed of 103 mph. Citroën carried on using the 1.4i engine on the Facelift Saxo Automatic in 1999. Due to the C3 having a 1.4i automatic gearbox, the Saxo Automatic came to an end in March 2002, whilst the manual models were still sold right up to the end of 2003.
1.0 L TU9 I4, 50 PS and 54 lb·ft 1.1 L TU1 I4, 60 PS and 69 lb·ft 1.4 L TU3 I4, 75 PS and 89 lb·ft 1.5 L TUD5 diesel I4, 58 PS and 86 lb·ft 1.6 L TU5 I4, 90 PS and 95 lb·ft 1.6 L TU5 I4, 96 PS and 97 lb·ft 1.6 L TU5 I4, 120 PS and 107 lb·ft The equipment list was sparse, with budget models having drivers airbag, seat belt pre tensioners, cassette player, heated rear screen and tinted windows, early Mark Ones with keypad immobilisers and a clock in place of a tachometer and three stud wheels, much like the AX. Further up the list sunroofs, PAS, Electric windows, ultrasonic alarm, passenger airbag, CD player, front fog lights, colour coded mirror caps and alloy wheels were added, to name a few. Although MK2 Saxos were better equipped than their older counterparts, the interiors were still dated in comparison to other small hatchbacks of the time, such as the Vauxhall Corsa, with many of the center console controls originating from the older Citroën AX model; the 1.6L VTR and VTS Saxos were the best equipped, with both gaining rear disc brakes as opposed to drum brakes, ABS as standard for the VTS and an optional extra on all other 1.6L models.
Few special models were released throughout the Saxo's life, most notably the "Open Scandal", a Saxo with a full length sliding canvas roof. Other special editions added certain extras to the lower end model, such as sunroofs or PAS. Notable models are the Westcoast up to 1999 and the Furio to 2003, as they incorporated the standard Saxo bodykit found on the VTR and VTS with a more insurance friendly 1.4L engine. Air conditioning was never an option on right hand drive Saxos because the blower motor was mounted in the bulk head on the driver's side; as a result, there was insufficient space available to accommodate the evaporator, except by first ducting the air flow to the passenger's side and at the expense of the glove box. Although an after market kit was available tha
Peugeot 206 WRC is a World Rally Car based on the Peugeot 206. It was used by Peugeot Sport, Peugeot's factory team, in the World Rally Championship from 1999 to 2003; the car brought Peugeot the manufacturers' world title three years in a row from 2000 to 2002. Marcus Grönholm won the drivers' title in 2000 and 2002. In 1999, Peugeot Sport unveiled the 206 WRC, it competed for the first time in that year's World Rally Championship, with French tarmac veteran and long-time marque stalwart Gilles Panizzi narrowly failing, against a resurgent reigning champion in Mitsubishi's Tommi Mäkinen, to win the Rallye Sanremo; the car was soon a success and won both the manufacturers' and drivers' championships in 2000, Peugeot's first such accolades since their withdrawal from the WRC after Group B was banned after the 1986 season, achieved in the hands of Panizzi, Francois Delecour and Mäkinen's successor as drivers' world champion, Marcus Grönholm. For 2001, Grönholm competed alongside two refugees of SEAT's exit from the championship at the end of 2000.
Rovanperä and Auriol each contributed single wins, on Swedish Rally and Rally Catalunya before Auriol left the team at the end of the season. Grönholm, suffered sufficient reliability woes in the first half of the year such that he could manage no higher than fourth overall in the series, although Peugeot did fend off Ford, with a 1-2 result by the two Finns on the season-ending Rally of Great Britain to defend the constructors' championship title. In 2002, Grönholm – despite now being paired in the factory line-up with defending 2001 champion from Subaru, the Briton Richard Burns – led Peugeot to a repeat of the WRC title double aboard his 206 WRC, his dominance that year was compared to Michael Schumacher's dominance of Formula One. In summary, Peugeot won two drivers' championships, in 2000 and 2002, three manufacturers' titles in a row between 2000 and 2002. However, by 2003 the 206 WRC was beginning to show its age and was less effective against the competition, notably the newer Xsara WRC and the Subaru Impreza WRC, so it was retired from competition at the end of the season, to be replaced with the 307 WRC, unlike its predecessor, based not on the production version's hatchback, but its coupé cabriolet body style.
The Peugeot 206 WRC was awarded the Autosport "Rally Car of the Year" in 2002, preceded by the Ford Focus RS WRC and followed by the Citroën Xsara WRC. Peugeot GB created a Peugeot 206 rally championship aimed at young drivers; the championship was created to help young drivers develop their careers. The cars were built by Vic Lee Racing and drivers such as Tom Boardman, Luke Pinder and Garry Jennings all drove in the championship. Media related to Peugeot 206 WRC at Wikimedia Commons Rally car statistics – juwra.com