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Thursday 28th July 2011

KUMHO ASSISTS JEAN-JOSEPH TO HIS SECOND CONSECUTIVE VICTORY IN THE FRENCH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Less than three months ago, two-times European Rally Champion Simon Jean-Joseph delighted his many fans with a decisive victory in the Terre De l’Auxerrois rally after two and half years away from the sport. Now he’s won again. Once more partnered by his long-standing co-driver Jack Boyère, he achieved outright victory in last weekend’s (July 23/24) Rallye Terre De Langres at the wheel of a Kumho-shod Peugeot 207 S2000.

If anything, the latest win is even more impressive than the first, as his S2000 car was at a severe power disadvantage when compared to the many WRC ones competing on the event. He lay third after the muddy stages of the Saturday, 27 seconds behind the leader, but made full use of his Kumho R900 gravel tyres the following day to take victory on all four remaining stages and therefore the rally itself, ending up 17.8 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

Now lying third overall in the championship, a mere four points behind the leader, Jean-Joseph said: “I am very pleased to begin my collaboration with the 2C Competition team in this way and proud to achieve another victory for my tyre supplier Kumho. Winning with the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 is also very rewarding, as I promoted this model whilst working for Peugeot Sport and have long since been convinced of its potential.”

Commenting on yet another 2011 success for his department, Kumho’s European Competition Manager Steve Thompson remarked: “It is great to have the feedback of somebody of Simon’s standing in the sport; also to see our Kumho tyres working so well, not only on his Peugeot 207 but also the Peugeot 206 of Jean-Luc Taormina /Vincent Groulier (class F2000/14), Citroen C2 of David Gérard/Damien Jolé (class F2000/13) and Suzuki Swift of Sébastien Guibert/Valentin Sarreaud (class N2), all of which were victorious in their respective categories.”

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