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Aurelien Panis in his Andros eTrophy car on a snow covered track

Panis on top again in second Lans en Vercors qualifying

Aurelien Panis takes pole for the penultimate race of the 2022-23 Andros eTrophy season. 

Panis was the only driver to set a time sub-2m14s in the main part of qualifying at Lans en Vercors. He could only manage third quickest in the Super Pole shoot out, but his Q2 time was enough to put him P1 on the grid for the Super Final. 

It was Yann Ehrlacher who topped the order in the first qualifying session of the day. His time of 2m17.528s over three laps put him 1.2s quicker than Panis in the session. 

Panis bounced back in the second qualifying session. Lap times were already well below the benchmark set in Q1, with only three drivers who completed their runs failing to go quicker.  

Yvan Muller took the early lead, but was knocked off the top spot by Nathaneal Berthon. Berthon stayed there through Dorian Boccolacci and Jean-Baptiste Dubourg’s laps. A mistakes on Boccolacci’s opening lap took him out of Super Pole contention. But Panis’ time of 2m13.919s dropped Berthon back to P2. 

Panis and Ehrlacher were joined in the Super Pole by Berthon, Dubourg, Muller and Christophe Ferrier. Dorian Boccolacci, who was fifth quickest in Q1, just missed out on a spot in Super Pole and will start the second final from the front of the grid. 

Berthon was out first in Super Pole and set the pace with a 45.058s lap. Only Ehrlacher would managed to beat it, with a time of 44.140s. 

Panis was third quickest in the session, but earned him enough points to stay ahead of Ehrlacher on the grid for the Super Final. 

Berthon will start third, ahead of Dubourg, Muller and Ferrier. 

Image courtesy of Bruno Bade/Gregoire Sigaud 

Bethonie Waring

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