The new FIA World Touring Car Cup is proving highly attractive to a variety of manufacturers and entrants – particularly Belgian outfits – with DG Sport Compétition becoming the tenth team to confirm its participation in the series’ inaugural season.
The team has appointed former Chevrolet Motorsport Manager and WTCC general consultant Eric Nève as its team manager and will enter a pair of Peugeot 308TCR cars which are purpose-developed for the WTCR.
The team has signed Aurélien Comte to drive one of its cars, with the identity of his teammate to be confirmed soon.
The 29-year-old Frenchman is a Peugeot factory driver who finished fourth overall in the 2017 TCR BeNeLux series with DG Sport Compétition, driving a Peugeot 308 Racing Cup.
“Having been involved in the development of the two cars, I’m well placed to confirm that my 2018 mount in no way compares with its predecessor,” said Comte.
“It might be worth waiting until after the collective tests in Barcelona at the end of the month to draw up a more precise picture of the strengths present. But I’m confident: the Peugeot 308TCR is well-born and will give its rivals the run around. So, roll on Marrakech!”
The appointment of Nève, who spearheaded the factory Chevrolet team’s dominance of the WTCC between 2010-12, will be a vital addition to the team’s leadership.
“Quite simply I was missing the track!” Nève said of his return.
“My job within the organisation of the world championship [WTCC] allowed me to fathom the work of a promoter and as an FIA official, I was involved in the major strategic decisions and regulations, but I had a longing to rediscover the adrenaline and the sensations a race provides within a team.
“I now have this opportunity thanks to DG Sport Compétition and I will be out to offer them a maximum amount of assistance in this new chapter of their path.”
With presence from Alfa Romeo, Audi, Cupra, Hyundai, Honda and Volkswagen, the 308TCR will also be the seventh different model on the grid confirmed to-date.
Image via Cupra TCR and FIA WTCC Media
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