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Season ends in controversy

30th, January, 2012

The 2011-2012 Andros Trophy season finished under controversy this past weekend, following a disappointing decision by race officials in the final race at Super-Besse.

 

Jacques Villeneuve qualified on the second row of the grid for the season finale, just behind Alain Prost and Evens Stievenart. The French-Canadian characteristically made a great start off the line, and slipped between the two cars ahead, pulling alongside Prost on the inside of the first corner. Despite contact from Prost’s team mate behind him, Villeneuve drove out of the corner leading Prost by a nose, however Prost did not give way and found himself stuck in the snow on the outside of the track.

Villeneuve continued, setting the fastest lap of the race he was now leading, however the red flag came out and the race was stopped. Against all expectations, Villeneuve was sent to the back of the grid for the restart, and Prost was allowed to repair his car and restart the race. Villeneuve was finally classified in eighth place, in a race in which he had every intention of winning.

Nevertheless, Team Škoda remained on top in the overall standings, to take a deserved and dominant victory in the manufacturer’s championship.

Results from Super-Besse are as follows:

Final:
1. A. Prost, 80 pts
2. Dayraut, 77
3. Stievenart, 73
4. Rivière (Team Škoda), 74
5. Bernardi, 68
6. N. Prost, 67

8. Villeneuve (Team Škoda), 65

Andros Trophy 2011 – 2012 Final Classification:

1. A. Prost, 823 pts
2. Rivière (Team Škoda), 818
3. Dayraut, 817
4. Panis (Team Škoda), 784
5. Stievenart, 764
6. Lagorce (Team Škoda), 763
7. Dubourg, 760
8. Llorach, 746
9. Balas, 743
10. N. Prost, 725

12. Villeneuve (Team Škoda), 692

 

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