PH Sport op­ti­mistic on run­ning three 2008 DKRS

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French prepa­ra­tion firm Ph-sport has re­ported an over­whelm­ing re­sponse to its Peu­geot-based Dakar pro­gramme for next sea­son.

The firm’s first foray into of­froad rac­ing will be based around three cus­tomer 2008 DKRS, re­cently de­liv­ered from Peu­geot’s Velizy fac­tory. The cars are all 2016 spec­i­fi­ca­tion, as used by Stephane Peterhansel and his fac­tory team­mates to dom­i­nate Jan­uary’s South Amer­i­can event.

Ph-sport’s Bernard Pial­lat told MN he was look­ing for­ward to the move into off-road rac­ing for the first time.

“We are very ex­cited by the idea of tak­ing on this new chal­lenge,” said Bernard Pial­lat, Ph-sport man­ager.

“Be­ing able to lease the best car in cross-country ral­ly­ing is an ex­cep­tional op­por­tu­nity, both for Ph-sport and the driv­ers that choose to join us.

“We have many driv­ers in­ter­ested for both Dakar and Morocco and it’s a case of the first three to con­firm their pro­gramme will have the car.

“We’re con­fi­dent that the 2008 DKR can win again [with us] next sea­son.”

Ph-sport’s pro­gramme with the all-con­quer­ing 2008 DKR16 be­gins with Oc­to­ber’s Rally of Morocco.

Ph-sport is the cho­sen satel­lite op­er­a­tion for the PSA Group, with the firm run­ning Citroen’s semi-works DS 3 WRCS on se­lected rounds of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship this year.

While the Abu Dhabi To­tal WRT won’t be present on Rally Ar­gentina this week, Ph-sport will run a DS 3 WRC for lo­cal hero Mar­cos Li­gato.

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