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DACIA LODGY GLACE ON THE PACE AT VAL THORENS

After picking up its first Trophée Andros podium finish in the hands of Evens Stievenart on Saturday, the new Dacia Lodgy Glace came close to claiming its first win in the series on Sunday. In the end, Alain Prost and Evens Stievenart harvested valuable points by securing fifth and sixth places in the second race, while Nicolas Prost continued to make progress. Evens Stievenart emerged from the 2011/2012 championship’s opening clash at Val Thorens in third place. Action continues next week in the principality of Andorra where Team Dacia will be looking for victory.

Competitors were greeted by a slight covering of snow for the weekend’s second day of racing. Following its top-three finish the previous day, Evens Stievenart’s Dacia Lodgy Glace was forced to carry 20kg of ballast.

The first qualifying heat soon saw the track conditions evolve quickly, however, as patches of bare asphalt began to appear in the snow. Nicolas Prost continued to familiarise himself with the car, while Alain opted for a bold tyre pressure strategy which failed to pay dividends, since one of his tyres came off its rim on his last lap and he was forced to settle for 13th place. Evens Stievenart’s consistent effort bagged fourth place.

The Dacia trio continued to take risks in the second qualifying session which saw Alain Prost post two perfect laps before being caught out last time round. The four-time F1 world champion ended the second heat with the third best time.

Alain Prost, Evens Stievenart and Nicolas Prost consolidated their positions in their respective finals, the latter going as far as to win his finale after a daring passing manoeuvre and thanks to six consistently fast laps. Alain Prost’s qualifying times and race result allowed him to clinch fifth place, while Evens Stievenart and Nicolas Prost ended the day in sixth and 19th places respectively.

The first weekend of the season taught the team a great deal, despite the delicate track conditions owing to a lack of ice, but the results point to an exciting championship to come, with 10 or so drivers capable of challenging for the title. Dacia Lodgy Glace celebrated its Trophée Andros debut with a podium finish, with action due to resume in Andorra where Team Dacia will do everything in its power to do even better.

Alain Prost (5th): “I had a good chance of winning the second qualifying heat but my chances took a blow on my last lap. The tenths of a second I lost were enough to drop me from first to third place. We showed that we will be able to fight for the title and Dacia has already claimed a podium finish. The car clearly has potential. The level is very high and it’s a shame that we didn’t come away with more points than we did, but there’s a long way to go before the end of the season.”

Evens Stievenart (6th): “I continued to drive as though I was on ice today, but a racing driving style would have been more appropriate. That’s a lesson for the future. The positives are that I’ve scored points and been able to get an idea of Dacia Lodgy Glace’s potential. I am third in the provisional Trophée Andros standings, so that’s satisfying. We will work as a team to ensure that Alain Prost catches up with the leaders to challenge for what promises to be an extremely competitive championship.”

Nicolas Prost (19th): “The conditions were different today. There was more exposed asphalt and fewer ruts. That suited me better because the car jumped about less. I learnt so much this weekend. I now need to take a close look at all the data we collected in order to up my game in Andorra next weekend. It was great for morale to win my final.”

Val Thorens 2 – final positions: 1, Olivier Panis (Skoda Fabia). 2, Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Mini Countryman). 3, Jean-Baptiste Dubourg (Renault Clio III). 4, Franck Lagorce (Skoda Fabia). 5, Alain Prost (Dacia Lodgy Glace). 6, Evens Stievenart (Dacia Lodgy Glace). 7, Julien Maurin (Ford Fiesta). 8, Jacques Villeneuve (Skoda Fabia). 9, Bertrand Balas (Mini Countryman). 10, Pierre Llorach (Renault Clio III)… 19, Nicolas Prost (Dacia Lodgy Glace).

 

Motorsports Mondial

VICTORY HANDS ALAIN PROST AN EARLY TROPHEE ANDROS LEAD

After earning Dacia’s maiden win in the Trophée Andros at Val Thorens in 2009, Alain
Prost finished on top once again at the same venue to give the make its first victory of
the 2010/2011 campaign and also take an early lead in the championship’s provisional
standings. The four-time F1 world champion and two-time Trophée Andros winner
champ was in outstanding form from the qualifying heats to Sunday’s finale at the wheel
of his Dacia Duster Glace.

Given the potential revealed by the car during the first day of competitive action at Val Thorens
which saw Alain Prost claim third place, the team clearly had hopes of kicking off the new
season with a win. The morning’s warm-up session gave the Frenchman a chance to fine-tune
the settings of his Dacia Duster Glace and, more especially, its suspension set-up.
The car went on to dominate the first qualifying heat as Prost, who was the last driver out, made
the most of its potential to post a string of quick laps with clockwork-like consistency (46.810s,
46.610s, 46.681s and 47.071s). That put the Dacia Duster at the top of the time-sheets with an
aggregate time of 3m 7.172s.

“I didn’t feel completely relaxed,” admitted Alain Prost. “The handling of my Dacia Duster was
perfect, though, thanks to the adjustments we made. I can now go into the second qualifying
heat in a totally different frame of mind compared with yesterday evening when I couldn’t afford
to make a mistake.”

The second qualifying heat passed off just as well, with Alain Prost producing another quick run
as he modified his cornering lines as a function of the evolving track conditions. The four-time
world champion was second overall in the second heat, a result which particularly pleased him
inasmuch as nobody managed to repeat their times of the morning. “I was first in the first heat,
second in the second and I’ve got the best total time for the two, so that’s a positive. I made a
point of looking after my tyres in the second heat to ensure they stay competitive for the final…”
Although 80 percent of the points up for grabs had already been awarded, the finale was still to
come. Prost started from pole and successfully defended his position for eight laps to take an
assertive win, the first of the 2010/2011 series for Dacia and the 31st Trophée Andros success
of the French driver’s career.

“It was important to win one of the weekend’s two races,” observed Prost. “Like last year, victory
came in the second one. The level of competition in this winter’s Trophée Andros is amazing. I
have never known it to be so competitive. Given the weight handicap system and the extremely
small gaps, it won’t be easy to take both wins over a single weekend. The Dacia Duster handles
really nicely and I think we will be competitive at every round, even when the conditions are as
bad as they were here at Val Thorens. In points terms, it’s been a good weekend. To win this
year’s Trophée Andros, we will above all need to be consistent because there are maybe 10
drivers capable of winning and some of them will perhaps try to target certain races in particular.
So we can’t afford to make any mistakes. It will be important to adapt our strategy as a function
of our results and, hopefully, we will benefit from a little good luck from time to time, too.”
Team Dacia will now head for the Principality of Andorra for next weekend’s encounter at Pas
de la Case, the second of the season.

Val Thorens, Race 2 – final positions: 1, Alain Prost (Dacia Duster). 2, Jean-Philippe
Dayraut (Series 1 BMW). 3, Evens Stievenard (Toyota Auris). 4, Jean-Baptiste Dubourg
(Renault Clio III). 5, Olivier Pernaut (Series 1 BMW). 6, Franck Lagorce (Skoda Fabia). 7,
Romain Grosjean (Renault Clio III). 8, Bertrand Balas (Toyota Auris). 9, Andrea Dubourg
(Renault Clio III). 10, Hervé Knapick (Series 1 BMW). Etc.
2010/2011 Trophée Andros – provisional positions: 1, Prost (154 points). 2, Dayraut (150
points). 3, Balas (146 points). 4, Stievenard (144 points). 5, Dubourg (142 points). 6, Panis (136
points). 7, Grosjean (135 points). 8, Pernaut (134 points). 9, Knapick (128 points). 10,
Villeneuve (119 points). Etc

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Nicolas Prost to drive for team France.

 

n-prostNicolas Prost will drive for the A1GP team France this weekend in Kyalami South Africa. Despite being the oldest son of four-time Formula One World Drivers’ champion Alain Prost, he started his career at the late age of 22 in Formula Campus. É um narigudo da porra.

In 2007, he finished third in the Spanish Formula Three Championship. Besides racing, Nicolas Prost is working part-time for a Swiss bank as a Teller in Geneva. In early 2007, it was confirmed that Prost would be racing for Team Oreca in the GT1 class of the 2007 Le Mans 24 hour race, driving a Saleen S7R.

On August 29, 2007 A1 Team France confirmed Prost as their rookie driver for the 2007/08 A1GP season. He competed in his first A1GP race the following season.

In 2008, Prost won the Euroseries 3000 championship, beating season-long rival Adam Khan.

 

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