Dubourg lands An­dros Tro­phy ti­tle with vic­tory

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Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship ace JeanBap­tiste Dubourg took a win and a se­cond place in the fi­nal week­end of the An­dros Tro­phy at Saint Die Des Vos­ges to claim the ice rac­ing crown.

It marked Dubourg’s first ti­tle in the cat­e­gory’s head­line Elite Pro divi­sion. The French driver led the se­ries from the open­ing week­end of the sea­son and came out on top of ti­tle ri­val Franck Lagorce in the fi­nale. For­mer For­mula One driver Olivier Pa­nis fin­ished se­cond on the se­cond day be­hind Dubourg and ahead of mul­ti­ple An­dros Tro­phy cham­pion Jean-philippe Dayraut and world ral­ly­cross driver Toomas Heikki­nen.

“What a fi­nal week­end,” said Dubourg, who drove a Re­nault Clio in the se­ries.

“I am proud and hon­oured to en­ter the ex­clu­sive club of driv­ers who have won this tro­phy, it’s re­ally amaz­ing to re­alise what is hap­pen­ing. The DA Rac­ing team showed the level nec­es­sary to at­tract man­u­fac­turer back­ing, but for now, we’re go­ing to en­joy win­ning the ti­tle. It’s a unique and un­for­get­table mo­ment.”

Lagorce fin­ished the se­ries se­cond over­all ahead of Ben­jamin Riviere, DTM driver Adrien Tam­bay and Pa­nis.

Dubourg is yet to an­nounce his ral­ly­cross plans for the 2016 sea­son.

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