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Peugeot 206 General Information

If the 206 is such a success in the WRC and Peugeot has a large F2 Kit Car experience, why not turn a Peugeot 206 into an S1600 Kit Car? Unusually for Peugeot the car did not turn into a category dominator, this claim goes more to its French opponents Citroën and Renault. It seemed Peugeot created a car and didn't really have a program for it.

Interestingly Peugeot did not name the car "206 S1600" but "206 XS". This is in regard to their road car version names. Special versions like GTI, S16 or RC aside, typical Peugeot road car version identities for a long period since the 205 were XL, XN, XR, XT and the sub-S16/RC sports model XS.

In the JWRC the car remained a rare sight.

In the ERC there was a mind error by the FIA. To promote the ERC as well as their new categories, the FIA banned WRCars to make the ERC an S1600 and groupN affair. Sure enough we had Italy's Luca Pedersoli lead the first such ERC season until a number of unlucky crashes in his old F2 Peugeot 306 Maxi! As well Madeira's Vitor Sa won an ERC round in a 306 Maxi, however did not compete for the title. This showed that Peugeot could do better and would be ill advised supporting the Super1600 206 in the ERC.

Therefore from the beginning Peugeot's main interest with the 206 XS S1600 seemed to be inside France. Peugeot indeed won the French Championship year in year out, but with their WRCar through satellite teams! WRCars were not banned in France, but here also the S1600 car was even behind the old F2 306 Maxi. Ironic, because in the French Championship it was actually Peugeot Sport themselves running the S1600 cars as full works cars, while all other Peugeot models were through satellite teams or fully private. This means while Peugeot privateers were winning championships, the Peugeot works team frustratingly was fighting to get into the top10! To add to pain the S1600 category never became a big number in France, so category wins remained ignored. In contrast to FIA intentions, French authorities and audience found S1600 too expensive and too dull and the category was dead in the French championship within 2 years.

This makes possibly Peugeot's most glamorous program with the 206 XS S1600 the BRC. And even here was disappointment. Peugeot Sport UK planned a 2-car team. Justin Dale competed only 1 season with considerable success, but found the 206 S1600 dull and slow compared to his previous full F2 yet 1600cc Peugeot 106 Maxi. The 2nd car was also already there ready to rally and should have been driven by Peugeot's next bright star Mark Fisher. Mark sadly was killed in a helicopter crash only weeks before the program kicked off, and out of respect and sadness Peugeot Sport UK never ran the 2nd car regularly.

Eventually the Peugeot 206 XS S1600 had a short life. Even as things developped over the next seasons, Peugeot found there was too little potential reward on offer for S1600 cars compared to the huge expense of this category.

What further didn't help and underlined the thesis is that in late 2004 Peugeot developped a groupN 206 RC, FWD 2000cc, which often was just as quick for a fraction of the price!

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Peugeot 206 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Peugeot 206 XS (01-05) 207/8500 180/6000 3822.1765.1425 950 (4.6) FWD (2442)

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Peugeot 206 Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
15th. 2010 IRC Rallye do Brazil Curitiba E. Stedile . UNKNOWN #9 [UNKNOWN] 2:12:40.9
8th. 2010 IRC Rallye do Brazil Curitiba M. Tokarski . Reginatto #18 [UNKNOWN] 2:06:6.8
12th. 2009 IRC Rallye do Brazil Curitiba M. Tokarski B. Gavleta #22 [UNKNOWN] 2:29:54.5
13th. 2008 IRC Rally Russia V. Mikhailov S. Sustitskiy #40 [UNKNOWN] 2:41:25.6
14th. 2008 IRC Rallye Madeira M. Nunes J. Camacho #28 [UNKNOWN] 3:14:18.7
8th. 2007 IRC Rallye Madeira A. Camacho R. Abreu #22 [UNKNOWN] 3:13:13.3
11th. 2007 IRC Rallye Madeira M. Nunes J. Camacho #30 [UNKNOWN] 3:15:33.9
23rd. 2005 WRC Swedish Rally J. Joge M. Johannsson #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 2003 WRC Rallye San Remo P. Liatti V. Geninatti #101 [UNKNOWN] 4:42:19.4
18th. 2002 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo N. Caldani S. Farnocchia #60 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 2002 WRC Rallye Deutschland C. Robert G. Bedon #102 [UNKNOWN] 4:09:26.9
14th. 2002 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Travaglia F. Zanella #101 [UNKNOWN] 4:27:34.1
26th. 2001 WRC Rallye Catalunya C. Robert M. Billoux #57 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
26th. 2001 WRC Acropolis Rally C. Robert M. Billoux #57 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
33rd. 2001 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Valimäki J. Honkanen #62 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
36th. 2001 WRC Rally of Finland J. Valimäki J. Honkanen #62 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
39th. 2001 WRC Rally of Finland L. Cols Y. Gerard #54 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 2001 WRC Rallye San Remo L. Cols Y. Gerard #54 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
27th. 2001 WRC Tour de Corse L. Cols Y. Gerard #54 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
29th. 2001 WRC Tour de Corse J. Valimäki J. Honkanen #62 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 2001 WRC Rally of Great Britain L. Cols D. Colebunders #54 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Peugeot 206 Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2009 IRC Rallye Madeira V. Sa . UNKNOWN #14 [UNKNOWN] SS2 differential
Ret. 2009 IRC Rallye Madeira J. Camacho . UNKNOWN #32 [UNKNOWN] SS11 driveshaft
Ret. 2008 IRC Rallye Madeira J. Camacho L. Freitas #24 [UNKNOWN] SS5 ?
Ret. 2007 IRC Rallye Madeira J. Camacho L. Freitas #28 [UNKNOWN] SS9 fuel pressure
Ret. 2005 WRC Rallye Deutschland B. Casier F. Miclotte #63 [UNKNOWN] SS8 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy P. Liatti V. Geninatti #76 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland A. Bengué C. Escudero #75 [UNKNOWN] SS4 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland J. Joge . UNKNOWN #76 [UNKNOWN] SS20 driver ill
Ret. 2002 WRC Rallye Catalunya N. Caldani D. d'Esposito #60 [UNKNOWN] SS0 withdrawn before start
Ret. 2001 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Robert G. Bedon #57 [UNKNOWN] SS16 electrics
Ret. 2001 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Valimäki J. Honkanen #62 [UNKNOWN] SS7 driveshaft
Ret. 2001 WRC Tour de Corse F. Morel D. Marty #32 [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 2001 WRC Tour de Corse C. Robert M. Billoux #57 [UNKNOWN] SS14 engine
Ret. 2001 WRC Rallye San Remo C. Robert M. Billoux #57 [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 2001 WRC Rally of Finland C. Robert M. Billoux #57 [UNKNOWN] SS3 radiator
Ret. 2001 WRC Acropolis Rally L. Cols Y. Gerard #54 [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 2001 WRC Rallye Catalunya L. Cols Y. Gerard #54 [UNKNOWN] SS7 gearbox
Ret. 2001 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Valimäki J. Honkanen #62 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash