Alain Prost and Dacia Duster Triumph at Stade de France
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"It was important for us to win the pursuit race, especially against Jean-Philippe Dayraut," observed the Team Dacia driver. "Pursuit races are a very specific exercise and I had never won one at the Stade de France until today. This time, I didn't lose a single heat, which is very gratifying. We were extremely competitive and everything passed off perfectly. I would like to dedicate my win to Dacia and to the public who gave me such a warm welcome."
Prost admitted that driving on Stade de France was an unique experience but explained that it wasn't easy to take the leading position in both competitions, although the Duster performed great.
"We really wanted to perform well today, and we did," beamed Alain Prost. "It wasn't easy, because I picked up a rear-right puncture, but the finale was pretty chaotic for everyone. It was important for Dacia to win in front of the packed grandstands here. We were the fastest, and also the most robust on the day, and our success at the Stade de France was the perfect way to wrap up the campaign."
Stade de France / pursuit race
Semi-finals: Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Series 1 BMW) beat Franck Lagorce (Skoda Fabia), two heats to nil. Alain Prost (Dacia Duster) beat Olivier Panis (Skoda Fabia), two heats to nil.
Final: 1. Alain Prost (Dacia Duster) beat Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Series 1 BMW), two heats to nil.
Stade de France – final classification:
1. Prost/Stievenart (Dacia Duster). 2. J-B. Dubourg/Grosjean (Renault Clio 3). 3. Rivière/Lanctuit (Fiat Stilo). 4. Lubrano/Daziano (Fiat Stilo). 5. Llorach/A. Dubourg (Renault Clio 3). 6. Dayraut/Lanctuit (Series 1 BMW). 7. Panis/Villeneuve (Skoda Fabia). 8. Lagorce/Belmondo (Skoda Fabia). 9. Balas/Demoustier (Toyota Auris)
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