Bryan Bouffier set to star in Ulster Rally challenge
Bryan Bouffier will add a touch of French flavour to next month’s Toddsleap.com Ulster Rally.
Bouffier, a former French and current Polish champion, has been chosen by Citroen to drive their new clubman’s rally car, the DS3 R3, which will make its competition debut on the August 20/21 event.
The DS3 was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year but has not yet appeared on a rally.
And in a repeat of the first showing of the C2R2 Max in 2008, when the new car was driven by Sebastien Ogier, the French manufacturer has again selected the Ulster Rally to introduce the DS3 in Northern Ireland.
Choosing the Ulster Rally is a tribute to local man Raymond Moore, of Charles Hurst, who is the driving force behind the popular UK and Irish Citroen Racing Trophy competitions.
He revealed last month that the new DS3, on which Citroen’s 2011 World championship challenger will be based, would be coming to Ulster but the name of the driver remained uncertain.
Now it is confirmed it will be the highly experienced Bouffier.
The 32-year-old is contesting both the French and Polish championships again this year in an S2000 Peugeot 207 but has close links to sister company Citroen.
He is third in the French series but most recently finished second on the Rally Bohemia in the Czech Republic.
The Ulster Rally, part of both the Irish Tarmac and British championships, will again be based in Antrim.