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Yann Ehrlacher in his Andros eTrophy car on track. The car is going sideways on a snow covered circuit.

Ehrlacher denies Panis victory in penultimate race

Yann Ehrlacher denied Aurelien Panis victory in the penultimate Super Final of the 2022-23 Andros eTrophy season. 

The M Racing driver dived past Panis on the second lap and sped away. Panis came home second, with Nathaneal Berthon holding off Jean-Baptiste Dubourg for second. 

Panis got a good start from pole position and led Ehrlacher away from Berthon. The two had broken away by the start of the second lap, when the battle began. Panis and Ehrlacher made contact as Ehrlacher forced his way through into second. Panis tried to hold on, but Ehrlacher had the better pace once ahead. 

In the closing stages of the race, Panis began to close in on Ehrlacher again, but he was still 2.450s behind at the chequered flag. 

Behind was another intense battle for third. Berthon had qualified ahead of Dubourg, and spent the remainder of the race trying to keep the DA Racing driver behind him. The two were as close as 0.3s at one point, with Dubourg able to get alongside Berthon multiple times, but he couldn’t quite get his nose ahead. 

The two were separated by exactly 0.5s at the chequered flag. 

Yvan Muller and Christophe Ferrier completed the order. 

In the second Final, Dorian Boccolacci had a smooth race to take the win. Despite damage in the Elite category leaving him with only one working headlight, there was no stopping Boccolacci as he worked to minimise Panis’ advantage. He finished 5.792s clear of Jimmy Clairet, who had a comfortable gap back to Anthony Pelfrene. 

Image courtesy of Bruno Bade/Gregorie Sigaud 

Bethonie Waring

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