Yann Ehrlacher ended the opening round of the Andros e-Trophy on top after victory in the Super Final at Val Thorens.
The Dupessey AS01 driver made a strong get away from pole while reinging champion Jean-Baptiste Dubourg was forced to defend against Olivier Panis.
As the pair behind him battled, Ehrlacher extended his lead to take the first win of the season.
On the penultimate lap of the six-lap race, Panis and Dubourg made contact, sending them both wide at a corner and allowing Aurelien Panis to come through to snatch second.
Olivier Panis couldn’t get going again, but Dubourg managed to recover and chased after the Audi driver, but couldn’t get close enough to make a move and had to settle for third.
Andrea Bakkerud took fourth ahead of Nathaneal Berthon.
Renault’s Nico Prost won the other final, building a strong gap as Sebastien Loeb and Christophe Ferrier battled for second. Loeb managed to find a way through to take second, finishing 2.402s behind Prost.
Ferrier took third, ahead of Olivier Pernaut and Benjamine Riviere.
In the Elite category, Sylvain Pussier took the victory ahead of Eddy Benezet and Emmanuel Moinel.
Ehrlacher ends the day five points ahead of Dubourg after the opening race, with Aurelien Panis third.
Olivier Panis’ strong qualifying, in which he put himself third on the grid, boosted the Petit Forestier driver’s results and he ends day one fourth in the standings, four points behind Aurelien Panis.
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