Peu­geot re­turns to ERC with Spa­niards Suarez and Lopez

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Peu­geot will re­turn to the Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship with two of its 208 T16 R5 cars for Jose Suarez and Pepe Lopez.

The ERC came un­der crit­i­cism last year for lack­ing man­u­fac­turer en­tries with the likes of Skoda Mo­tor­sport switch­ing to WRC2. But Peu­geot switches in the other di­rec­tion, join­ing the ERC from WRC2.

Bruno Famin, Peu­geot Sport di­rec­tor, said: “We are ex­tremely pleased with our as­so­ci­a­tion with Eurosport and de­lighted to con­firm that the Peu­geot Rally Acad­emy’s pro­gramme in 2017 will fo­cus on the ERC. We will be run­ning cars for two par­tic­u­larly promis­ing young Spa­niards, José Suarez and Pepe Lopez.”

Lopez im­pressed on Wales Rally GB last year, set­ting times com­pa­ra­ble to Bri­tish Ju­nior Rally cham­pion Rob Dug­gan. He won WRC3 on the event.

Suarez com­peted on seven rounds of the WRC last year, with a best fin­ish of sixth in WRC2 in Monte Carlo.

ERC: Suarez will con­tinue R5 devel­op­ment af­ter year in WRC

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