DG Sport Compétition will move to the TCR Europe series for 2019, after announcing that Aurélien Comte will continue to race for the team in a Peugeot 308 TCR in 2019.
Comte and DG Sport took part in the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup with the car in 2018, but the team did not enter WTCR this year, instead electing to move to the European TCR series.
During 2018 the team scored two outright victories, with Comte being victorious at Zandvoort whilst his then-team-mate Mat’o Homola, who has also switched to TCR Europe with Target Competition, won in Vila Real.
The team has only confirmed one car so far this year, but has retained backing from Peugeot Sport, who were instrumental in pushing Comte into WTCR last season.
“Once more we need thank Peugeot Sport for its trust, and we are delighted to take up this new challenge of the TCR Europe,” said Christian Jupsin, the DG Sport Compétition Team Principal.
“Quite clearly during the off-season the European championship has evolved considerably, now welcoming a true armada of top drivers and teams.
“It won’t be an easy assignment, but we do know the product– the Peugeot 308 TCR -, the driver – Aurélien Comte – and we are continuing our collaboration with the operational engineer Jérôme Dadoumont, as also of course with DG Sport Compétition’s Technical Director, Lionel Hansen.
“Between now and the competition’s kick-off on the Hungaroring in a month’s time, we will be carrying out various test sessions.
“In fact, a second Peugeot 308 TCR DG Sport Compétition is available for a similar programme. All those interested should not hesitate to contact us.”
Comte explained that the deal came about quite late, adding that he expects the level of competition to be on a par with WTCR last year.
“This programme came about rather late, but it won’t prevent me from attacking the season with full motivation,” said Comte.
“Especially as we are returning to a known context, be it the DG Sport Compétition team, the Peugeot 308 TCR, the operational engineer, and even the Hungaroring which will be hosting the first round, and which we frequented in WTCR last year.
“When I attack a competition, the objective is always the same: to win! However, we need to show humility, because the TCR Europe will be bringing together some really good drivers this year, and it will be just as complicated to prove our worth as in WTCR.
“Nonetheless everything will be put into operation to succeed.”