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Peugeot has launched a competition in which various national winners will compete at the Nürburgring 24 Hour Race in May in a race-prepared version of the new 208 GTi. Catch? Youhave to have held a national (Grade A) or International Race Driver Competition Licence for at least two years.

Eight European countries are inviting race-licenced drivers to register on the internet before February 3. One winner from each of the eight countries will race the Peugeots in the twice-around-the-clock marathon at the daunting Nürburgring Nordschliefe after a series of knockout rounds and a grand final. The racing version of the 208 GTi has been developed for endurance events by Peugeot Sport from its experience with the 208 R2, 208 Type R5 and RCZ Racing Cup competition cars.

The countries taking part are those in which the Peugeot 208 GTi creates significant interest: the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

This competition is open to drivers 18 or older who hold a valid full driving licence and have held a national (Grade A) or International Race Driver Competition Licence for at least two years. To participate in the national pre-selections, which will take place between February 18 and 28t, candidates must be among the first 400 to register in each country.

The top five from each country will be assessed on March 4 at an international final at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit, France. From this, one from each country will be selected to drive the 208 GTi in the Nürburgring 24 Hour race.

Those eight winners will gain familiarisation with the full Nürburgring circuit during the first three races of the VLN championship, between March 23 and April 27.

The road-going 208 GTi goes on sale in the UK in mid-April.
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