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Panis Beats Loeb in Round 2; Takes Championship Lead

Aurelien Panis beats Sebastien Loeb to win Sunday’s round at Val Thorens…

Photo: Gregoire Sigaud

Aurelien Panis claimed victory in Sunday’s second round of the e-Trophee Andros season at Val Thorens by holding off an advance from Sebastien Loeb in the Super Finale.

Panis leaves Val Thorens as championship leader, adding his Round 2 win to a third-place classification in Saturday’s season opener, leapfrogging Round 1 winner Yann Ehrlacher in the standings.

A further five events will take place over the next two months, with Andorra next up on Dec. 20-21.

Panis, driving one of three Sainteloc Racing Audi A1 silhouette cars, started the Super Finale from pole after taking the most points in the qualifying and Super Pole sessions on Sunday morning, although Loeb set the quickest time in Super Pole itself.

The FIA WTCR regular remained out front for the full race, taking maximum points on top of his total already gained in qualifying at Super Pole to finish the round on 67 points.

This placed him eight points clear of Loeb, who finished second in the Super Finale after passing Nico Prost on the opening lap.

Loeb isn’t competing in a full-season program, and will return for the finale event of the season at Super Besse.

He crossed the line less than a second behind Panis, while Prost settled for third, five seconds down.

The top six positions in the final classification are the same as the Super Finale finishing order, with Panis, Loeb and Prost followed by Jean-Baptiste Dubourg, Yann Ehrlacher and Andreas Bakkerud.

Benjamin Riviere won the Finale, reserved for drivers outside of the top six, to place seventh in the final classification, ahead of Olivier Panis and Nathanael Berthon.

Stephane Ventaja took the Elite class honors in the Sainteloc Audi he shares with Bakkerud, ahead of Jeremy Sarhy in Loeb’s Andros Sport 01.

An all female field took part in the Enedis Trophee Andros Electrique class this weekend as part of the new initiative to place celebrities and personalities in the less powerful two-wheel-drive Andros Car 04s. 

The field was made up of Loeb’s some-time co-driver Laurene Godey, actress Alix Benezech, young driver Angelina Favario and sports journalist France Pierron.

RESULTS: Round 2 (Elite Pro)
RESULTS: Round 2 (Elite)

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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