Yann Ehrlacher won the opening round of the e-Trophee Andros season at Val Thorens by taking victory in the Super Finale and accumulating the most points on Saturday.
Driving one of Yvan Muller Racing’s Andros Sports, Ehrlacher qualified on pole and won the evening’s six-lap Super Finale after finishing first and sixth in the day’s two qualifying races.
In e-Trophee Andros, the winner of each round is determined by the points accumulated over the course of the day, with points given for a driver’s best of two qualifying races, Super Pole and finale results.
It means the winner of the six-car Super Finale doesn’t necessarily win the round, but Ehrlacher managed both with a points total of 65.
This put him five points clear of Jean-Baptiste Dubourg, who finished third in the Super Finale but took maximum points in qualifying by winning the other race and setting the fastest lap.
Ehrlacher and Dubourg were joined in the Super Finale by Aurelien Panis, Olivier Panis, Andreas Bakkerud and Nathanael Berthon, who were classified in the final standings in that order.
Dubourg and Olivier Panis collided while running second and third midway through the Super Finale, allowing Aurelien Panis to move up into second, while his father was forced to retire.
Sebastien Loeb and Nico Prost were among the drivers whose qualifying results didn’t send them through to Super Pole and the Super Finale.
Nine-time FIA World Rally Champion Loeb, who is making one of two event appearances this weekend, placed ninth, while Prost was seventh.
Sylvain Pussier claimed the Elite class victory in the Peugeot 208 that he shares with Elite Pro teammate Berthon. Each car is shared by one driver from each class, who compete in separate races for different titles.
Team owner/driver Pussier picked up a healthy points haul after success at every stage of the day, beating CMR’s Eddy Benezet to the round win.
The second round of the season will take place tomorrow, with qualifying races and Super Pole in the morning, followed by finale races in the early afternoon, finishing at 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. EST).
Super Pole and all finale races will be streamed live on the series’ website, starting at 11:35 a.m. (5:35 a.m. EST).