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Peugeot’s new Sports car the RCZ goes on sale this week in the UK and they could not have asked for a better PR campaign than a class win at last weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hours race.

It was a brilliant result for the two RCZ diesel entries, which placed first and second in the D1T category for diesel cars between 1700 and 2000 cc.

Powered by Peugeot’s 2.0 litre HDi FAP engine producing 200 bhp (149 kW), both cars were virtually standard production spec with the exception of a few key racing and safety parts from Peugeot Sport.

In recognition of the company’s 200-year anniversary, the cars run under the numbers 200 and 201 and were driven by an all-French and German team.

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Peugeot expects the RCZ to go on sale in Australia in August this year.