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Panis Crowned Champion With Super Besse Win

Aurelien Panis wins 2019-20 e-Trophee Andros championship at Super Besse…

Photo: Bernard Bakalian

Aurelien Panis has been crowned champion of the first fully electric season of e-Trophee Andros after beating Sebastien Loeb to the season finale victory at Super Besse on Saturday evening.

Panis narrowly beat nine-time FIA World Rally Champion Loeb to the checkered flag in the Super Finale, securing enough points to win the final round of the season.

He completes the 2019-20 campaign with 543 points, putting him 23 clear of closest rival Jean-Baptiste Dubourg.

Loeb started the Super Finale on pole on his second appearance of the season, but was soon passed by Panis, who built up an 0.8 second lead to the line.

Panis claimed a number of wins throughout the season, which got underway at Val Thorens in early December.

He drove one of Sainteloc Racing’s Audi A1 silhouette cars, with Audi bodywork over the spec Andros Sport 01 chassis and powertrain.

Loeb, meanwhile, returned to the series for the first time since Val Thorens. His team Sebastien Loeb Racing entered a pair of standard Andros Sport 01s throughout the campaign but the rally star himself only competed at the first and last rounds of the season.

He scored the most points during the qualifying stages of the day, putting himself on pole, and after the Super Finale was only one point behind Panis.

Benjamin Riviere and Nathanael Berthon placed third and fourth in Sylvain Pussier Competition’s pair of Peugeot 208s, ahead of Dubourg in his Renault Zoe and Matthieu Vaxiviere who made a guest start in another of Sainteloc’s Audis.

Yann Ehrlacher didn’t make it into the Super Finale but rounds out the season in third, while Olivier Panis places fourth and Nico Prost fifth.

The day’s Elite class win went to Sylvain Pussier although Louis Rousset crossed the line first in the Super Finale. 

Neither of these results were enough for either drive to topple Elite class champion Jeremy Sarhy, who finished the season 18 points clear of Pussier.

RESULTS: Super Besse (Elite Pro)
RESULTS: Super Besse (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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