For the 7th consecutive year, the Andros Trophy, the ice racing series which takes place in France, came to an end on Saturday, the 5th of March, with a non-championship Super Finale at the Stade de France. The victory of the season-closing race belonged to Alain Prost and Dacia Duster Ice, the competition vehicle developed by Renault Sport Technologie which fought against BMW and Skoda Fabia.
On a specially-laid 400 m ice track inside the Paris stadium, in front of some 55,000 spectators, Alain Prost turned the tables on his rival, Jean-Phillipe Dayraut (BMW). Runner up for the 2nd time at the Andros Trophy, Alain Prost made this year a last demonstration of his skills and of the Dacia Duster Ice performance, to the public’s delight.
Quadruple Formula One World Champion, Alain Prost (aged 56) won all the three tests. He raced together with the young Evens Stievenart (Toyota), who also wanted to try his luck at the wheel of Dacia Duster Ice. Alain Prost won the first duel 1-1 against Olivier Panis (Skoda), and then the closing race of Elite Sup, starting from pole position due to the victory obtained by Evens Steievenart at the Elite closing race.
“It gives one a good feeling to win in front of a numerous public, and this victory brings me a lot of joy, especially now when we are discussing the new projects for 2012” stated Alain Prost after the competition..
Dacia Duster Ice, the competition vehicle that faced competitors such as BMW, Skoda, Fiat, Toyota, is equipped with a 3.0 liter 24v V6 engine from the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which delivers 350 hp. The car features a six-speed sequential gearbox, modified suspensions, 4 wheel drive and limited slip differentials essential for extreme conditions. Dacia Duster Ice was co-developed by Renault Sport Technologie and Tork Engineering
Alain Prost was four times world champion with McLaren Williams Renault, has 51 victories, 41 speed records and 33 starts from pole position.
The Andros Trophy is an ice and snow race series, which has been taking place each year, since 1990, in the high altitude mountain resorts from the French Alps. The races last for 2 days and comprise several types of tests - the Andros Trophy (a class for models bearing the shape of the mass produced models), the Andros Electric Trophy (a class for electric cars) and Pilot Bike (for motorbike fans).