The new Peugeot 208 Rally4 made its debut on last weekend’s Rali de Castelo Branco where The Racing Factory entered a pair of cars for Pedro Almeida and Pedro Antunes.
The new car, the second to be built to Rally4 regulations after M-Sport unveiled it’s Ford Fiesta Rally4 earlier this year has already 100 confirmed sales from competitors around the world including in the 208 Rally Cup France and the 208 Rally Cup Iberica which runs in Portugal and Spain.
In it’s first appearance, Antunes won the class and was the fastest Rally4/R2 car while Almeida had to retire due to an accident.
The two Peugeot one-make series’ are expected to consist of four events are expected per series with the Iberica series getting underway at the end of August and the French championship beginning a week later.
The driver who takes home the Iberica series title in 2020 will be receive a prize of competing in a R5 car during 2021 in Portugal and Spain. The price of the new car is 66,000€, that includes either a tarmac or gravel setup with Peugeot Sport expecting an operating cost of €11.73 per kilometer in competition spec.
The first major international eveny for the car will be at the Rally di Roma Capitale, the season-opener of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship and later the car is expected to make its WRC debut at Rally Estonia.