Circuit, rally, rallycross…The fifth-generation of Clios designed for customer racing were in action on all surfaces this past weekend!

Clio Cup Europe

Thirty-nine Clio Cups turned up for round six of the Clio Cup Europe, supporting the Formula One French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard.

The show lived up to the hype in this magnificent setting with two races hotly contested from start to finish in all categories. Anthony Jurado defeated Nicolas Milan and David Pouget on Saturday before Marc Guillot won by a cat’s whisker from David Pouget, Nicolas Milan and Thibaut Bossy, all three covered by less than a tenth of a second. At the same time, Kévin Jimenez won the Challengers Cup twice while Florent Grizaud and Laurent Dziadus shared the victories in the Gentlemen Drivers Cup.

David Pouget has a five-point lead from Nicolas Milan in the general classification. Now third overall, ahead of Kévin Jimenez and Anthony Jurado, Marc Guillot leads the chase group as the mid-way point of the season nears.

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Next round: Hungaroring (9-11 July)

Clio Rally4

Four Clio Rally4s were in action this past weekend: three on Rally Poland for the first appearance of the car on gravel and one on the tarmac of Rally de La Cerámica.

The new car confirmed its competitiveness on all surfaces. In Spain, Alejandro Mauro Sanchez immediately joined the fight for the lead while Ola Jr Nore was in contention for victory in ERC3 and ERC3 Junior with two best times and ten top-three finishes in Poland. While Florian Bernardi had to withdraw after a crash in practice, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi also performed well in ERC3 Junior to finish eighth.

The three drivers entered in the European Championship will try to convert the impressive potential of Clio Rally4 with a first success on the gravel in the next round in Latvia.

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Next round: Rally Liepaja (1-3 July)

Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT

Paulo Soria and Marcelo Der Ohannesian made history in winning the inaugural round of the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT, run within the Rally Poland and FIA ERC.

After taking the lead on the opening stage, Paulo Soria controlled Yigit Timur’s attempts before progressively widening the gap on his rivals. With ten best times in 13 timed sectors, the Argentinian crew went on to win with a lead of more than four minutes over the French competitors, Ghjuvanni Rossi & Baptiste Volpei and Bastien Bergounhe & Mathieu Descharne, while taking ninth place in the FIA ERC3.

With two stage wins after losing more than five minutes on SS5, Andrea Mabellini & Virginia Lenzi finished just off the podium while Yigit Timur & Ufuk Uluocak retired on SS12.

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Next round: Rally Liepaja (1-3 July)

Clio Trophy Swiss

Round two of Clio Trophy Swiss turned in favour of Jérémie Toedtli and Julie Faure at the Rallye National des Bornes.

On a blindingly fast rally route, the crew took full advantage of their Clio Rally5 and methodically built up their lead from their rivals Sacha Althaus & Lisiane Zbinden, who retired after being caught out on SS10. Ismaël Vuistiner & Florine Kummer used consistency to take second place ahead of David Erard & Sarah Junod. Guillaume Girolamo & Benjamin Bétrisey and the Portuguese duo of Renato Pita & Nuno Rodrigues Da Silva completed the top five.

Jérémie Toedtli takes command of Clio Trophy Swiss with a four-point lead over David Erard. Guillaume Girolamo is third, 20 points adrift of the leader heading into the summer hiatus.

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Next round: Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine (2-4 September)

Clio RX

The Clio RX continues to provide some great battles with more than ten drivers vying for victory at round two of the year at Circuit des Ducs in Essay.

While Romain Masselin led in free practice, Edgar Maloigne, Tom le Jossec and Arthur le Boudouil shared the four qualifying heats despite the efforts of Kévin Portal and Dylan Dufas. Rallycross novice Tom le Jossec won in his second participation ahead of David Bouet, who bounced back after a Saturday full of setbacks, and Arthur Le Boudouil.

David Bouet, who won in Châteauroux, retains the lead in the French Junior FFSA Rallycross Championship with a ten-point advantage from Tom le Jossec. Kévin Portal is third at 22 points to the leader.

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Next round: Lessay-Manche (9-11 July)

Elsewhere...

Clio Rally5 picked up two more class wins in the French Rally Cup with the success of Julien and Valérie Anthérieu on the Rallye National du Gard and the one-two finish of Julien Baziret & Delphine Couesnon-Laval and Sylvain Alanore & François Le Bihan on the Rallye National Suisse Normande. In Italy, Christian Morelli & Federico Capilli also stepped onto the top step of the podium on the Rally della Lanterna and the Rally Val d’Aveto.

Coming up

After a weekend full of action, the launch of Clio Trophy Belgium inaugurated this year takes centre stage this week. 13 Clio Rally5s will compete in the 12 timed sectors of the South Belgian Rally in and around Vresse-sur-Semois this Saturday.

Photo 1: DPPI / Alpine Racing
Photo 2: Sven Kollus / FLAT-OUT media agency
Photo 3: MAP / Pierre Simenel
Photo 4: FIA ERC

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