Tade Lario into French Peugeot 208 RallyCup


Peugeot-pilots Tade Lario (right) and co-driver Sami Ryynänen (left) will compete in France this season

Taisko "Tade" Lario goes to seek success in French mono-brand cup together with his co-driver Sami Ryynänen. The pilotes will chase junior champion title with a car prepared by local team CHL Sport Auto. The first race of the series, Rallye Terre des Causses, is driven 1st-3rd April in Southern France.

Peugeot 208 RallyCup is known for 20-year-old Lario already from season 2014. This year the aim is to drive whole series and fight for the junior title (under 23 years old). Prize for the series is a program in Peugeot´s official factory team. There is some high level competition ahead, because there are 30 participants in the cup. Over 20 are juniors. There are 7 rallies in calendar, both on gravel and tarmac. Despite the rallies take place in France, it is really international rally cup; over half of the contesters are foreign. 

- It is great that Tade is back in 208 Cup. The series is one of the best springboards for the ones aiming for professional career, and many of present factory drivers, also latest two world rally champions have risen through it. Tade has already experience of almost full season there, which will definitely help him on this and upcoming seasons to keep the Finnish flag high in France. The baseline is good, after a lot of test kilometres last year and promising results from FRC-series. I am waiting forward to see how Tade will perform in difficult rallies and tough competition with many international drivers, says Lario´s manger Kim Vatanen.

Lario and co-driver Ryynänen have prepared themselves well for the season with pace note trainings and physical exercise. There will surely be challenges in the series, when the stages change from mountain roads of Monte-Carlo to muddy field roads in the country side.

- Returning in France is next step forward in my rally career. I have kept touch for the driving in winter rallies of Finnish Championship and we are confident for the first rally, starting on next week´s weekend. The level is really high, but season is long and it is important to get evenly points. I am happy for the co-operation with professional team CHL Sport Auto. We will take advantage of their experience in tests next week, to get good set-up for the car, comments Tade Lario his upcoming race.

Peugeot 208 RallyCup calendar 2016

1.-3.4. Rallye Terre des Causses (Gravel)
19.-22.5. Rallye d'Antibes Côte d'Azur (Tarmac)
24.-26.6. Rallye Terre de Langres (Gravel)
26.-28.8. Terre de Lozere (Gravel)
15.-17.9. Rallye du Vosgien (Tarmac)
7.- 9.10. Rallye Terre des Cardabelles (Gravel)
24.-27.11. Rallye du Var (Tarmac)

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