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Panis takes Andros e-Trophy championship lead

Aurelien Panis has taken the Andros e-Trophy championship lead after victory in the second Super Final of the weekend at Val Thorens.

The Audi driver made a strong start from pole and was able to extend a small gap to the rest of the field as Sebastien Loeb fought to find a way past the Renault of Nico Prost.

Loeb managed to take third after Prost ran wide, and the World Rally Champion spent the rest of the race trying to close the gap to Panis.

Panis didn’t put a wheel wrong and finished just under a second ahead of Loeb

With his second place in the opening Super Final of the season, Panis jumps into the championship lead, seven points ahead of race one winner Yann Ehrlacher, who finished fifth in Sunday’s race.

Prost spent the second half of the race defending against team-mate Jean-Baptiste Dubourg. Despite Dubourg diving up the inside of Prost multiple times, he couldn’t make a move stick. Prost secured the final step of the podium, but his difficult Saturday puts him behind Dubourg in the championship standings, the pair third and fourth respectively.

Ehrlacher took fifth, with Andrea Bakkerud completing the order.

In the second final, Benjamin Riviere held onto the lead ahead of Olivier Panis.

Panis was runnning with bodywork damage after a crash in the earlier Elite race where Louis Rousse, racing the same Petit Forestier car, enjoyed a race long scrap with Clementine Lhoste, who was racing the same Peugeot 208 Riviere would drive in the Elite Pro class.

Panis made multiple attempts up the inside of Riviere, but Riviere managed to keep him at bay to take the win.

Nathanael Bethon took third, ahead of Olivier Pernaut.

Image Credit: Bruno Bade

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