Present in every season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in selected events since its start in 2014, Jean-Baptiste Dubourg is returning to the world stage again in 2017, but this time committing himself and his DA Racing squad to a full season.
Dubourg is pretty well remembered by his incredible feat in 2015 at home in Lohéac, where the Frenchman fought on par with the World RX stars of the season to get a third place finish driving a Citroën C4 RX, which was a little behind of the permanent entries and their always updated cars. This time the deal is still with a French machine, but the model is the Peugeot 208 WRX, a model known for its feats with Team Peugeot-Hansen, but also a good car in the hands of privateer teams like Albatec Racing and Pailler Competition. By the way, DA Racing is the second privateer to secure a permanent World RX entry with a 208 WRX after Albatec Racing did it with multiple drivers in 2014.
Dubourg will be alongside WTCC driver Grégoire Demoustier, who recently turned himself to the touring car side but essentially has a lot of GT experience, with participations in FIA GT1, Blancpain GT Series and the GTC class of the European Le Mans Series in his record. Unlike Dubourg, Demoustier will participate of some events during the year, in the same way of Gigi Galli with RX Team Hungary, but the Frenchman will be present in the first two rounds at Barcelona and Montalegre, as he admitted he will need to get used to all aspects of rallycross, even though he has participated of the Andros Trophy ice racing championship.
The DA Racing duo has still to test their new cars, which were developed by Peugeot Sport itself, and along with the World RX program, Andrea Dubourg will participate of the 2017 Euro RX season.
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