Circuit, rally and rallycross: the fifth-generation Clio designed for customer racing activities enjoyed another intense and successful week in all forms of the sport!

Clio Cup Europe

Frenchman Anthony Jurado (Milan Compétition) and Italian Gabriele Torelli (Faro Racing) shared the honours for the Clio Cup Europe’s first visit to the Hungaroring.

On Saturday, the Milan Compétition team locked on the podium in dry conditions with Anthony Jurado’s victory ahead of teammates Marc Guillot and Challengers Cup winner Mathieu Lannepoudenx. On Sunday, Gabriele Torelli opted to start on slicks in wet conditions and climbed from 17th to first place in just a few laps to win, ahead of Nicolas Milan (Milan Compétition) and Challenger Kévin Jimenez (GPA Racing).

Even though he didn’t take a race win in Hungary, Nicolas Milan reclaimed the championship lead from David Pouget (GPA Racing), fifth and ninth this weekend.

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Next round: Imola (23-25 July)

Clio Trophy France Asphalte

Guillaume Canivenq became the third different winner in as many rounds of the Clio Trophy France Asphalte this year when he won the Rallye Aveyron Rouergue Occitanie on home soil.

Along with co-driver Bastien Dumas, the Ruthenian got the better of Thomas Chauffray & Pauline Vaultier and Romain Di Fante & Patrick Chiappe. These two crews were separated by just 0.8s at the finish.

At the mid-way point of the season, Junior Romain Di Fante still leads the general classification but the gaps remain small and six drivers could move to the top of the championship order at the next event scheduled after the summer break.

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

French Junior FFSA Rallycross Championship

Already a winner at Châteauroux, David Bouet claimed his second victory of the season behind the wheel of the Clio RX on the Lessay-Manche circuit.

However, there was plenty of competition in the third round of the year. Arthur le Boudouil led the intermediate classification on Saturday evening and put in the best start of the final before he was caught by David Bouet. Edgar Maloigne won the battle for third place against Luc Derrien, Dylan Dufas, Mathieu Fretin and Florian Meureau.

In the French Junior FFSA Rallycross Championship, David Bouet increased his lead over Arthur le Boudouil and Tom Le Jossec.

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Next round: Kerlabo (23-25 July)

Clio Trophy Italia

Davide Nicelli scored a major coup with his third consecutive Clio Trophy Italia victory on the Rally della Marca Trevigiana.

Mattia Zanin had taken the lead from SS1 to SS4 before retiring, leaving the way clear for his main rival. The HK Racing driver and co-driver Tiziano Pieri cruised over the last three stages to take the win ahead of Andrea Scalzotto & Daniele Cazzador and Pier Francesco Verbilli & Andrea Albertini.

Davide Nicelli extended his lead in the general classification with two rallies remaining. Mattia Zanin is still second ahead of Giovanni Lanzalaco, who now has Pier Francesco Verbili trailing him by just a handful of points heading to the last two rounds of the season.

More information here.

Next round: Rally 1000 Miglia (2-4 September)

And elsewhere...

Clio Rally4 impressed again in France and Italy. With six fastest times in ten stages in its class, Anthony Fotia and Didier Sirugue were once again the best performers in the Rally4 category on the Rallye Aveyron Rouergue Occitanie before they went off the road a few kilometres from the finish. In Italy, the crew of Avbelj Boštjan and Elia De Guio progressively took the measure of their machine to win their class and finish second in the two-wheel-drive category on Rally della Marca Trevigiana.

Meanwhile, Clio Rally5 added further successes to its already impressive list of achievements. At round one of the Dutch Rally Championship, the Belgian crews of Benoît Verlinde & Anton Dupan and Xavier Dekeyser & Nele Tassaert scored a double win in the RC5 of the GTC Rally. The former finished within a whisker of the top ten in the general classification, as did Jeroen Catelin & Charlotte Deryckere, who took top honours in their category on the TBR Rallysprint. Lastly, the French Bruno Longépé & Sandra Raffin and the Swiss tandem of Hervé Villoz & Steve Niederhauser won respectively the Rallye Régional Le Mans and the Rallye National de Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise in the French Rally Cup.

Coming up

This week, Clio Trophy Spain will be back on track to complete the first half of the season with ten Clio Rally5s on the Rally de Ourense, where the Clio Rally4 of Victor Aguirre - Esther Gutiérrez will also be in action.

Clio Rally5 will also continue its offensive in the French Rally Cup, with seven cars taking part in the Rallye National de Saintonge, as well as Jérôme Janny in the Rallye Régional de Printemps and Richard Paget in the Rallye Régional du 14 Juillet.

Photo 1 & 2: Alpine Racing / DPPI
Photo 3: Renault Italia
Photo 4: MAP / Pierre Simenel

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