Peugeot 206 GTI

WA Pugs in on a trackday (16/Feb/2003)

Jason and I took our Pugs (206GTi and 306Gti) up to MC Motorsport on Sunday 16th for a test against the clock and some interesting cars.

And I must say the little GTi turned some heads with it's speed. Cars it put to shame included ....

  • 2.5 ltr Twin Turbo Supra.
  • 180SX (Silvia). x2
  • 200SX.
  • Supercharged MR2.
  • 300ZX.
  • Turbo Laser.
  • Mitsu FTO.
  • Commodore SS
  • VTEC Civic

Some of these were very very worked ... despite this I managed to be 4th fastest on the day. Most of these were more then 2 seconds behind on their best runs !

There was 3 faster cars - a monster BMW 3 series (this guys also holds about 5 course records), a Turbo Skyline worked to the max running race slicks and a Twin Turbo 300ZX. I was only a second down on the Skyline and TT300ZX and about 3 seconds on the BMW.

All in all I'm extremely impressed what I was able to ring out of the pug (and made some of the rice boys sit up and take notice) - too bad I couldn't capture their reactions as I was in the car at the time.

Now when it comes to the straight line and top end all of these cars would have killed me ... but chuck in a Slalom or two (and the ability to break so late into corners) the 206GTi was more then holding it's own.

The GTi180 is going to be something to be reckoned with, the the handling is anything like the GTi (and I'm assuming it's going to be better) then it'd probably have been the second quickest car on the day.

Jason's 306 GTi had it a little tougher ... with understeer, but the pugs were the only two cars that would pick up the rear tyre on some the high speed change of directions.

Will send photo's for MMC during the week. The WA crew should consider a pure Pug session sometime in the future.

Guy Churchill

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