INT: Muller wins Andros round in Andorra

Yvan Muller, driving an Opel Astra, followed his qualifying lead by winning the 14-lap final race at the new Pas de la Case track in Andorra, giving him his second Andros victory of the season

INT: Muller wins Andros round in Andorra

The 30-year-old French driver, who competed for Vauxhall in the BTCC this year, started from pole position and kept the lead at the start, despite heavy fog, and a track more ground than ice at the ends of the circuit.

Further back, Pierre Colard, driving a Peugeot 306, found himself sandwiched between Eric Helary's Opel Astra and Hervé Knapick's Citroen Saxo.

Helary survived to take fourth place, but Knapick had to abandon, and Colard finished four laps down.

Muller took the flag six-tenths of a second ahead of Emmanuel Collard's Nissan Micra, with Marcel Tarrès in third place.

In the other final, Opel's Jean-Philippe Dayraut made good advantage of his first pole position, and kept Jean-Pierre Malcher's Nissan and the rest of the field behind him.

He took the chequered flag ahead of Malcher, with Bertrand Balas just managing to take third ahead of a charging James Ruffier.

Overall, the final races had little effect on the qualifying clasification.

Muller took his 20th career victory, ahead of Opel team-mate Jean-Philippe Dayraut.

Emmanuel Collard confirmed his promising start at Val Thorens by claiming a podium finish at only his second attempt, while his more experienced Nissan team-mate Jean-Pierre Malcher finished fourth.

A four-car pile up at the start of the first promotion race saw Jean-Noël Lanctuit, category winner at Val Thorens, forced to abandon.

Victory went to Jean-Michel Neyrial.

In the second race, Guyhlem Dussaucy's Micra avoided the crowds and immediately started building up an impressive lead.

While a three-way battle for second place went on behind him, he crossed the line 1.4 seconds ahead of the Subaru Forester of Christophe Balas, with TV presenter Alexandre Debanne in third place.

Promotion victory in Andorra went to Guyhlem Dussaucy, driving a Nissan Micra, with the Subaru driver Christophe Balas second and Jean-Michel Neyrial third.

Val Thorens winner Jean-Noël Lanctuit was fourth.

After two rounds, Yvan Muller leads the Elite class with a 12-point advantage over Marcel Tarres, with Jean-Philippe Dayraut third and Jean-Pierre Malcher fourth.

In the Promotion class, Guyhlem Dussaucy has taken the lead ahead of Lanctuit.

The next round is at l'Alpe d'Huez on the 18/19th December.













































































































Position


Driver


Car


Points


1


Y Muller


Opel Astra


100


2


J-P Dayraut


Opel Astra


97


3


E Collard


Nissan Micra


95


4


J-P Malcher


Nissan Micra


93


5


M Tarres


Citroen Xsara


91


6


D Snobeck


Opel Astra


90


7


B Balas


Nissan Micra


89


8


J Ruffier


Opel Tigra


88


9


E Helary


Opel Astra


87


10


P Colard


Peugeot 306


86 [2]


11


J-L Pailler


Citroen Saxo


85


12


J Pressac


Renault Megane


84


13


P Herbert


Opel Tigra


83


14


H Knapick


Citroen Saxo


82


15


J-P Richelmi


Nissan Micra


81


16


G Dussaucy


Nissan Micra


80 [P]


17


G-M Zenere


Nissan Micra


79


18


O Prive


Nissan Micra


78


19


C Balas


Subaru Forester


77 [P]


20


J-M Neyrial


Nissan Micra


76 [P]


P = Promotion category 2 = under 2-litre

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